Rechargeable Batteries?

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  • varsas 27 Mar 2007 14:58:56 2,401 posts
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    Any suggestions that I can use for the Wii?
  • deem 27 Mar 2007 15:03:48 31,641 posts
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  • varsas 27 Mar 2007 15:40:06 2,401 posts
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    Are those ones long lasting? I'd rather invest in some that are good quality.
  • wobbler147 27 Mar 2007 15:42:01 5,138 posts
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    I'm waiting for this.
  • sunjumper 27 Mar 2007 15:51:58 3,196 posts
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    If you buy a decent set of rechargeable NiMH batteries they will last nearly as long as regular batteries. Even the cheaper kind of rechargeables will last quite a while.
    If you are really paranoid (like I am) just buy to sets per Wiimote so that you always have a set of charged batteries.
  • varsas 27 Mar 2007 15:56:11 2,401 posts
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    Is there any particular brands I should buy or avoid?

    Additionally has anyone bought a USB battery charger?

    Edited by varsas at 15:57:10 27-03-2007
  • Der_tolle_Emil 27 Mar 2007 17:00:56 7,299 posts
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    How long rechargeable batteries will last depends on how many mAh they can produce. The higher the mAh the longer the battieries will last - it's quite simple. I'd definetly recommend Duracell. I use Duracell rechargeables with 2500mAh and they last around 80-100 hours of Wii playtime. No, this is not a joke, they do last that long. They are a bit more expensive than other batteries but they are worth it.
  • Oceadge 27 Mar 2007 17:27:59 340 posts
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    Why does the Wii manual say not to use rechargeable batteries?
  • varsas 27 Mar 2007 17:32:14 2,401 posts
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    @Der_tolle_Emil: How much are the Duracells and where did you get yours?
  • Der_tolle_Emil 27 Mar 2007 17:33:07 7,299 posts
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    Oceadge wrote:
    Why does the Wii manual say not to use rechargeable batteries?

    Rechargeable batteries only supply 1.2 volts opposed to 1.5 volts of regular batteries. Use a pair of them and you get 2.4 volts against 3 volts. Since power = volts * ampere you need to suck out more of rechargeable batteries so they will get empty faster; Usually. It depends on the brand. Cheap rechargeables will die quickly compared to regular batteries.

    Many electronics devices' manuals tell you not to use rechargeables. Technically there's no reason I guess it's just to be sure that noone can complain when the batteries run dry after only a couple of hours.
  • sunjumper 27 Mar 2007 17:37:38 3,196 posts
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    Der_tolle_Emil wrote:
    How long rechargeable batteries will last depends on how many mAh they can produce. The higher the mAh the longer the battieries will last - it's quite simple. I'd definetly recommend Duracell. I use Duracell rechargeables with 2500mAh and they last around 80-100 hours of Wii playtime. No, this is not a joke, they do last that long. They are a bit more expensive than other batteries but they are worth it.

    Slight nitpick.
    The brand is irrelevant, the important part is how much mAh the batteries have.
    It can be a bit difficult to find high quality rechargeables but it is well worth the effort and the investment.
  • Oceadge 27 Mar 2007 17:38:49 340 posts
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    Hmm...since the voltage is less for rechargeables does that mean the current would be higher in order to give the same amount of power? I can remember a long time ago burning my finger while testing a rechargeable battery in one of those Duracell battery testers they used to include with their AA batteries.
  • Der_tolle_Emil 27 Mar 2007 17:39:18 7,299 posts
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    varsas wrote:
    @Der_tolle_Emil: How much are the Duracells and where did you get yours?

    Here in Austria you can get Duracell nearly everywhere. Every store that has batteries also has Duracell.

    Two pairs of 2500 mAh Duracell Supreme batteries goes for 20 Euros (incl. 20% VAT).

    There's also a Duracell charger available for 20 Euroes which comes with two pairs of batteries too but they are only 1800 mAh. If you don't already have a charger, buy the charger. The 1800 batteries last quite long as well and besides you can always get the other batteries later too. If you normally only use one wiimote anyway then you're set for life with two pairs. Simply switch the empty ones for the full ones and start recharging.
  • Der_tolle_Emil 27 Mar 2007 17:41:04 7,299 posts
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    sunjumper wrote:
    Der_tolle_Emil wrote:
    How long rechargeable batteries will last depends on how many mAh they can produce. The higher the mAh the longer the battieries will last - it's quite simple. I'd definetly recommend Duracell. I use Duracell rechargeables with 2500mAh and they last around 80-100 hours of Wii playtime. No, this is not a joke, they do last that long. They are a bit more expensive than other batteries but they are worth it.

    Slight nitpick.
    The brand is irrelevant, the important part is how much mAh the batteries have.
    It can be a bit difficult to find high quality rechargeables but it is well worth the effort and the investment.

    That's true. I'll put it this way: You cannot go wrong with Duracell. I indeed have no idea if they are far superior to other brands but I never regretted buying them.
  • dgb 27 Mar 2007 18:27:09 657 posts
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    deem wrote:
    I got a rechargeable dock from GAME.

    19, for one. And they haven't even colour matched the white of the battery door.

    It's shit, the wankers.



    Edited by deem at 15:04:03 27-03-2007

    Agreed, and sometimes you have to open the thing to re-seat the battery unit cause it moves away from the contacts! But only if you wave the Wii remote around (and you would never do that) Sheesh!

    A miracle of modern design!
    Thinking of taking it back, only bought it at the weekend.
  • kinggid 27 Mar 2007 21:41:24 303 posts
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    Energizer AA 2500 NiMH with 1hr charger. These come highly recommended from me. Get 4x AAs from www.mx2.co.uk for 5.50

    I use these for everything now - they last a long time in the Wii remote.
  • mr_steve100 27 Mar 2007 22:00:19 1,238 posts
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    Uniross 2500mAh pack of 4, for about 6 from eBay. might have been a bit more or less, can't remember. Worth it though.

    Very good and do last a long while, although they seem not to last so long in my digital camera anymore (they did before - might be just psychological).
  • Carrybagma 28 Mar 2007 00:24:58 3,904 posts
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    Allow me to link to this excellent resource for battery nerds like me. It's a bit out of date, but hey. I'm a Maha fanboy, me, but there's only one distributor in the UK. I have quite a few sets of AA(A)'s on the go for Wiimotes & Remotes, cameras. mp3 players etc.

    Talking of camera, I found out about batteries when looking for a nice camera on this excellent website.
  • Carrybagma 28 Mar 2007 00:25:37 3,904 posts
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    Carrybagma wrote:
    Allow me to link to this excellent resource for battery nerds like me. It's a bit out of date, but hey. I'm a Maha fanboy, me, but there's only one distributor in the UK. I have quite a few sets of AA(A)'s on the go for Wiimotes & Remotes, cameras. mp3 players etc.

    Talking of camera, I found out about batteries when looking for a nice camera on this excellent website.

    ed: I'm felling soooo nerdy tonight. I don't know what the matter is.
  • varsas 28 Mar 2007 10:10:31 2,401 posts
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    Just to clarify:

    I should go for NiMH rather than NiCD? Although I've not really seen many of the latter.

    I should aim for a higher mAh (what does this stand for again?) and the brand doesn't really affect the quality?
  • varsas 28 Mar 2007 10:38:22 2,401 posts
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    Cheers guys! :D
  • varsas 4 Jun 2007 12:04:35 2,401 posts
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    So my batteries have run out finally and I am going to get around to getting the rechargeables but before I do, has anyone bought a docking station USB charger with batteries and would recommend it?
  • Darren 4 Jun 2007 12:14:50 8,783 posts
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    I bought the Joytech Power Station from Play.com for 18 last month, which comes with two rechargeable battery packs as well as the docking station which holds two Wiimotes and recharges them while not in use through two tiny contacts on the back of the pack. The docking station itself plugs into the Wii's power port which has a throughport so you can plug the Wii power lead into it as well. It's superb and means you don't have to faff around with batteries, rechargeable or whatnot. Highly recommended.

    Edited by Darren at 12:17:25 04-06-2007

    PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC (Intel Core i7-4770K, 16 GB, 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, Windows 8.1 Pro), iPad 4, iPad mini with Retina Display.

  • varsas 4 Jun 2007 13:15:12 2,401 posts
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    Through port? Do you not mean the USB ports? Do the batteries charge when the Wii in off (red light) or on standby (yellow light)?
  • pjmaybe 4 Jun 2007 13:22:41 70,676 posts
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    I use rechargeables and get about a week's worth of semi regular play out of one charge, so ignore what Ninty say and use 'em - far better for the planet n'all that, maaaan

    Peej
  • neil74 4 Jun 2007 13:54:49 2,306 posts
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    Darren wrote:
    I bought the Joytech Power Station from Play.com for 18 last month, which comes with two rechargeable battery packs as well as the docking station which holds two Wiimotes and recharges them while not in use through two tiny contacts on the back of the pack. The docking station itself plugs into the Wii's power port which has a throughport so you can plug the Wii power lead into it as well. It's superb and means you don't have to faff around with batteries, rechargeable or whatnot. Highly recommended.

    Edited by Darren at 12:17:25 04-06-2007

    Do you have to remove the strap to use this?
  • kentmonkey 4 Jun 2007 18:46:56 20,589 posts
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    Are these any good?

    Uniross 2700mah NI-Mh AA batteries from Amazon (supplied by flash_memory) for 2.50 a pack of 4?

    Or they do the Sprint 1 hour charger with the same batteries for 12.00

    Worth getting?

    Only thing that's concerning me is that I've got a 1700 Ni-MH Uniross charger already for the digi-camera and the batteries last about 50 shots, and if left in the camera even with the camera turned off die within about a month. That normal?
  • kentmonkey 18 Jun 2007 19:16:57 20,589 posts
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    Any help on those batteries? /\

    Getting my Wii at the weekend, so want to get some rechargeables.

    Only thing turning me off the Uniross is I've got their charger and 1700mAh Ni-MH batteries and it takes about 8 hours to charge them, they then last about 30 minutes in the digital camera or 2 weeks left alone in the drawer! :o(
  • mrpon 18 Jun 2007 19:44:00 28,765 posts
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    Yeah, I got some Uniross babies for the Wii. Think I use 2000mAh jobbies, takes about 17 hours to fully charge. Never timed the usage, all depends on what and how often I guess. Normally have a spare set charged up so charge time not a problem. YMMV.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Der_tolle_Emil 18 Jun 2007 21:11:12 7,299 posts
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    Duracell 2650mAh incl. Duracell charger - never really timed how long they need to charge but it should be around 8 hours. Seem to last forever though.
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