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Posted on Dec 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Eneloop, Controller, Hidden Gems

It's that time of year again. People are coming together for food, family, and fun and nothing kills the fun faster than a dead controller or device. When I started building my Game Room I wanted to make sure everything was as pick up and play as possible. This meant if it took longer than two to three minutes to start up and play a game it wasn't going to be worth it. To make sure everything is pick up and play ready I invested in some batteries and chargers that I'll explain here.

Eneloop batteries have saved me a fortune!

The first stop was batteries. So many devices these days eat up batteries quickly and I wanted them to last. I researched batteries and chose Eneloop (Panasonic) rechargeable batteries for their reliability and durability. They work well for day to day things such as a wireless controller, or a PDP pixel Pal. Eneloop batteries are great for daily usage but aren't ideal for use in portables as they are still susceptible to leaks. To make sure battery leakage wasn't an issue I bought some Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries. These batteries while not rechargeable are guaranteed not to leak. These are perfect for the Dot Matrix Gameboy (DMG) Game Gear, and Turbo Express.

These towers are the perfect solution for me to keep controllers charged.

When I originally looked at controller chargers I found the Nyko chargers to have good reviews and reliability. They were a little expensive at around $20 per system but I placed an order. When they arrived I set everything up only to find that they required original controllers and wouldn't work with third-party controllers. This was a deal breaker for me as I own several third-party controllers and wanted to have a solution that would work with everything. It wasn't until I went grocery shopping at the local Aldi that I found a solution that would work for me. In the Christmas aisle, they had a Bauhn charging Tower Pro for $13. This tower claimed to be able to charge six high powered devices at once as it outputs 5V DC or 2.4A per port for a total of 7.1A max. I quickly bought two and brought them home for testing. It quickly charged my 2DS, PS3 controllers, and PS4 controllers from a dead state. The PS4 controller charged in an hour and thirty minutes beating the average charge time of 2 hours. While impressive the device does have a downside. The controllers or 2DS didn't shut off after fully charging I would have to set a timer to make sure I unplugged it when it was fully charged so I didn't risk overcharging.

By using a combination of Eneloop batteries, Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries, and USB charging towers I can make sure everything in my game room is ready to pick up and play and keep the fun flowing all throughout the Holidays.

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I live in a city with an Aldi now, so I might have to go grab me one of those. Also, I wasn't familiar with Eneloop batteries before, so I will need to look into those more! Batteries for things like my PS2 and PS3 Logitech wireless controllers, and other peripherals, etc. get expensive. Having a quality rechargeable is something I've lacked forever.
My Life in Gaming did a good video on this.

I personally use the Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries in my "battery only" controllers and handhelds.  The batteries are cheap but they seem to work really well and are supposed to be leak proof.

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