With the Xbox One containing three USB ports – two on the back, one on the side – and the console itself having a limited amount of HDD space, if you pick up an external drive to provide more storage space, you’re already down to two available ports. If you have a need to charge two controllers at a time, you’re all done. Not only that, but you have to have an unsightly cable hanging out of the side of the console. Of course, when new peripherals are released – a console-powered headphone set, or the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner for example – you’ll be chopping and changing cables all day.
That’s where the PDP Energizer Charging System comes into play.
Contained in the box is a piece of plastic containing the two charging ports, another piece of plastic that acts as a sort of tripod foot, two rechargeable battery packs, two controller battery covers, and an AC adapter. To assemble, you just clip the foot to the charging section (which was a bit fiddly on our test unit due to a slightly strangely cut edge on one of the pieces, but once it was clipped on, it wasn’t going anywhere) and connect up the AC adapter. Replace your controller batteries and battery covers, and slide your controllers into the stand until they click. Instantly, the area around the top of your controllers will light up – green for charged, red for charging – and you’re on your way.
The secret here is the battery covers. They each have a small rectangular hole in the center, which exposes a conductive plate. A matching plate on the charging stand means that you don’t need to deal with cables at all, mess around with replacing batteries, or play around with the battery cover. Just drop your controller onto the stand, and you’re done. As it’s powered from the mains, you instantly get at least one of your USB ports back. Not only that, but as the device isn’t all that bad to look at – the light-up parts give it a bit of a TRON effect, in fact - you can put the device anywhere you want. It could sit on the table in front of your gaming couch for example, rather than needing to be tethered to the console.
The batteries it comes with are 1200mAh Energizer Recharge Battery Packs, which the packaging claims provide “up to 40 hours of playtime.” We’d say that may be pushing it a little, in all honesty. We managed to get a solid 25 hours out of a single charge – certainly not longer than a standard Xbox One Play ‘n Charge battery, that’s for sure – but given that the charger works as a sort of controller shelf too, we’re not seeing it as a problem. When we’re done playing, we just drop the controllers onto the charger, and we know firstly that they’ll be charged and secondly, that we don’t have to play a round of The Great Controller Hunt before we can play.
You do lose the freedom of being able to charge the controller whilst playing, which could be an issue if you only have one controller to hand. If you have two, you can just use the charged one whilst the other one is charging of course, but whether this is a game breaker or not really depends on your situation.
The PDP Energizer 2x Xbox One Charging System is available for $29.99 in the US, and £21.99 in the UK – cheaper, if you look around – and when you consider that an official Play ‘n Charge kit for a single controller retails for only $5 less in the States, and £3 less in the UK, this becomes a bit of a no-brainer. The PDP Energizer Xbox One Charging System is a winner in our eyes – it does exactly what it claims to do, and does it well.
Looks like a cool bit of kit. I've got the Venom one at the moment but you have to remove the headset adaptor in order to charge your pad which is a pain. The fact it has its' own PSU is a plus too.
Do the pads literally drop in place or do you have to align them up with anything? Image makes it look like there's a micro USB plug at the back?
@stylon It does look that way from the image, but it isn't the case. The pads just drop into place with a soft "click" - no lining up required. Can do it blindfolded.
Awesome - think I'll be picking one of these up then. I've got three pads after picking up the COD one on impulse so could do with another charger anyway. Should look really cool on my game shelf lit up like that
Ok - was just going to buy one but some of the reviews on Amazon are saying it doesn't come with a UK plug... is that true or have they sorted that issue now?
@stylon Mine came from PDP's US PR firm, so it came with a US plug. I used a UK adapter I had kicking about.
So, I really can't tell you for definite if it comes with a UK plug, but I've seen them for sale in Sainsbury's, and I can't imagine they'd sell a product that came with a US adapter.
Thanks, I'll get one. Amazon are great about returning stuff anyway if there's a problem.
I prefer official product when it comes to accessories. Batteries last longer I think. I got an official play n charge from MS back when they were selling them bundled with a controller for $50, which basically made it free.
I'd like to have a charge dock for my X1- but I'd prefer it to be compatible with the official batteries. I like the one I have for my Wii U made by Nyko. It has two magnetic clasps with male end mini USB built in. So you can pull the clasps off (only being held magnetically) plug them into your controllers then snap them back on the charging unit, and the magnetism is strong enough to hold the controllers outright.
If Nyko made one of those for X1, that allowed you to keep your own battery pack, I'd be all over it.
For now I just charge with a cord, an use the super expensive mega long lasting rechargeable AA's for my spare controller
@JaxonH Genuinely the same opinion here, usually - I use official batteries only. But this one totally swayed me. It just works.
i don't have interest in this product, i prefer the play and charge as you can still play when the controller batteries die out, while this one needs to be docked to charge which can ruin the fun.
This looks real nice
@Emanouel Unless you game for 24 hours continuously I don't foresee a problem. So long as you pop the controller back on the charger when you're done it'll have a full charge the next time you pick it up.
I've been using the Venom charger on my XOne for months - at the weekend I will often play a game all afternoon and (if I'm lucky) all evening. Never had the battery give out on me. If I went for a couple of days without charging then that would be a different matter
Besides my couch is 10' away from the TV - I wouldn't want a charging cable traipsing across the floor - kind of defeats the point of having a wireless pad
@stylon , good point. but to be honest its also another thing lying around. i have a old ps3 usb controller charger two usb port device and i use that to charge all my controllers its come in handy over the years.
If you've already got something that does the job well then there's no point in getting anything else. The appeal of these sort of chargers (and the venom ones) to me is that they also serve as a place to store your controllers when not in use instead of just chucking them in a drawer or leaving them lying around.
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