Penguin United Quad Charger
• Recharge 4 Wii Remotes Simultaneously
• High Capacity Li-Ion Polymer Rechargeable Batteries
• Li-Ion Battery Provides full 13 Hours of Actual Playtime per Remote
• Charge Each Remote in Less than 4 Hours
• LED Light Indicates Charge Status in 25% Increments
• Up to 1000 Recharge Cycles
• Includes 4 Free Color Coded Remote Straps
Having covered the Dual Charger 2nd Gen (http://gamersnewsbits.com/2008/07/03/review-penguin-united-remote-dual-charger-2nd-generation/) from Penguin United, I have decided to take the quad charger for a spin.
After buying 2 more WiiMotes (to my kids’ delight), I tried it out for 2 weeks. This unit requires an actual power outlet, and does not charge via the USB as the Dual Charger unit did. I found the color coded straps handy, as I need a way to tell all the WiiMotes apart, and those plastic covers that I have tried in the past just got in the way of gameplay and fell off after a few weeks. It also solves my previous issue with the Dual Charger, which was the contacts were directly in the middle of the WiiMote’s back, which I thought would lead to sweaty contacts. I never did have an issue thankfully, and still recommend that unit.
The unit is very nice looking, with the Wii White color that all accessories seem to strive for these days. It’s in a circular shape, and all 4 WiiMotes’ status lights are visible at a glance. It’s got that cool blue glow around each wiiMote as well, when the units are in place. It came with 4 batteries, all popping easily into the WiiMote, and charged up in about 3 hours the first time, though I let them go overnight. The base unit has 4 lights per socket, and each indicates 1/4 battery life. I found that this unit gave me the 13 hours advertised, and more. I was able to average 16 hours of play over 4 days, depending on the game and accessories used while playing. One WiiMote was able to pull 20 hours just using the WiiMote with no accessories on Virtual Console games (the kids are addicted to Super Mario 3). I am curious how the Li-Ion batteries will behave later on in life vs. NiMH, as in the Dual Charger.
Now that I have the 4 WiiMotes, I have to say, I love this charger. It’s fast, and since we don’t have 4-person games running all the time means I get to have a freshly charged WiiMote at all times. Even if we did managed to discharge all 4, the charge time is quick, usually 4 1/2 hours or shorter. The Quad Charger does what it should, keeping the game playing to a maximum and the wait to a minimum, and I don’t miss the cries of “I need 2 AA batteries Dad! The WiiMote died!!” I think if you are one of those who has the need for 4 WiiMotes in a large family like mine, or heck, a college dorm or frat, this is going to be the best money spend for a quick way to keep your WiiMotes juiced and ready for action!
The unit has a SRP of 44.99. I know that I used to spend around $10.00 a month in AA batteries for the 2 WiiMotes we had before using the rechargable units. This thing easily pays for itself. A quick look at Amazon shows a Sony Charger with 4 AA batteres at 23.41, which would mean you need 2 of those for a 46.82 grand total. The Sanyo Eneloop unit with 4 AA batteries comes in at 20.35, so you could get away with 40.70 for 8 AAs and 2 chargers, but then you are constantly taking the back off the WiiMotes and charging. Simply putting them in the base to charge is just so much nicer.
Pros: Quick charge time
Long battery play life
Cool Light setup
Colored straps included
Cons: I had no cons using this unit. I’ll let you know if there are any in the future!
Rating: 4.75 of 5