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I love how people keep saying it takes "seconds" to change out batteries, and poo poo being "tethered" to a wall - but conveniently forget about the fact that you have to repeatedly go over to a battery charger that is, gasp, attached to a wall.

I love my Eneloops and they've got their benefits, yes. But let's stop trying to blow sunshine and rainbows up each other's asses here and claim that swap speed and "convenience" are better than the in-controller rechargeable. The only thing you have to do with this kind of device after you install it is walk over to the charging location (or reach over if it's right by where you sit) plug it in to charge it. That beats removing the cover, removing the batteries, inserting new batteries, replacing the cover, walking over (or reaching over) to a charger, placing them into the charger, and removing them later.
I use recharables for everything so I have a little organizer with the charged and uncharged batteries separated on the end table right next to the couch with the controllers and remotes. Right next to the end table there are 2 battery chatgers plugged in. I recharge 8 batteries at a time about every 2 weeks. Pretty simple

When idea was changing over their batteries I git a tin at $2 a 4 pack so it wasn't even expensive.
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Just wanted to mention that Amazon basics are, in fact, eneloop batteries. Same factory with Amazon labels. Lookup NLee the engineer reviewer on Amazon. Also to be helpful to the fans of these batteries, they are for fast drain devices only. TV remotes are actually one of the worst application for them. This will shorten the life of the batteries unless you cycle them manually well before they need to be swapped (thus negating convenience). Instead I buy the insignia alkaline on sale. Those last a year and a half.

The head butting here is on convenience vs. longevity. I have 2 play and charge kits and find them to be far more convenient, and frankly, required for multiplayer gaming. When it gets low you plug in the cable without losing control for 20 seconds. That's not necessary for everyone but a game changer for others. The rest of my controllers use Amazon basics and I've had them for years now. My play and charge kit is about a year and a half old and still works fine and I play a lot. With both options, I prefer the kit quite a bit. But, that's not going to be true for everyone.

If you are a person that values money above convenience, get Amazon basics eneloops. Convenience beats efficiency, get the kit. Otherwise you'll have to decide based on your own metrics.
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I use recharables for everything so I have a little organizer with the charged and uncharged batteries separated on the end table right next to the couch with the controllers and remotes. Right next to the end table there are 2 battery chatgers plugged in. I recharge 8 batteries at a time about every 2 weeks. Pretty simple

When idea was changing over their batteries I git a tin at $2 a 4 pack so it wasn't even expensive.
I can appreciate that this method works for you. I just think it's a little disingenuous for a number of people to claim that a benefit of rechargeable batteries over the in-controller rechargeable type here is that it's faster when all they're referring to is the swapping of batteries and nothing else involving recharging them. And honestly, even swapping batteries is not faster than plugging in a cable.

So, sure, environmental concerns, longer battery life, being part of the Eneloop superior race, etc are all valid reasons. "Convenience" and speed really are not.
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Eneloop guys are relentless. I wonder if they ever get tired of typing or hearing themselves talk.

This battery, and other battery packs like it, have the huge advantage of being able to be charged inside the controller. That convenience alone is worth the few extra dollars. Oh by the way, with these battery packs the controller and cable are the charger. With Eneloops you need the charger that isn't free.

And before you the members of Eneloop Troop start to tell me that I've never used these batteries, I will tell you that I have a set of them. The charger is sitting on my kitchen counter at the moment. They are great batteries for some situations such as AA-only applications, but in this case I'll take a rechargeable battery back over my Eneloops any day.
You don't need eneloop you just need pre-charged rechargable batteries. Trust me again I have so many brands of pre-charged batteries and they all do exactly the same thing and all work exactly the same as eneloop. As I said there's only so many factories out there that make batteries so the chances are you are getting a rebranded eneloop by buying a different manufacturer are pretty high.

The big reason I go for rechargable batteries is because they are cheaper, work in everything and the biggest reason is they have more capacity than this thing. This has 1200mah and rechargable batteries are 2000mah each which is way more. This means your controller lasts way longer.

About 10 to 15 years ago I made the investment in a good charger and I am still using that charger today. I've also found batteries quite a few times on clearance for cheap prices which means I have a stash for cheap money.

The other reason is because these battery packs always end up failing way before rechargable batteries. They usually fail in 6 months to a year of use if you are gaming a lot. Check the amazon reviews for them. The amazon reviews don't reflect this until the packs start failing 6months to a year after people start buying them. For $10-15 a battery pack or sometimes more I will choose the $7-10 pack of rechargable batteries. I have rechargable batteries from like 2006 that are still working.
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Just wanted to mention that Amazon basics are, in fact, eneloop batteries. Same factory with Amazon labels. Lookup NLee the engineer reviewer on Amazon. Also to be helpful to the fans of these batteries, they are for fast drain devices only. TV remotes are actually one of the worst application for them. This will shorten the life of the batteries unless you cycle them manually well before they need to be swapped (thus negating convenience). Instead I buy the insignia alkaline on sale. Those last a year and a half.

The head butting here is on convenience vs. longevity. I have 2 play and charge kits and find them to be far more convenient, and frankly, required for multiplayer gaming. When it gets low you plug in the cable without losing control for 20 seconds. That's not necessary for everyone but a game changer for others. The rest of my controllers use Amazon basics and I've had them for years now. My play and charge kit is about a year and a half old and still works fine and I play a lot. With both options, I prefer the kit quite a bit. But, that's not going to be true for everyone.

If you are a person that values money above convenience, get Amazon basics eneloops. Convenience beats efficiency, get the kit. Otherwise you'll have to decide based on your own metrics.
Yup there's only so many factories out there that make batteries. There are probably other brands that are also rebranded eneloop.

To avoid the drainage you describe always buy pre-charged batteries and not regular rechargables. There is a difference. You want to look for pre-charged on the label or package.

There are batteries with lower MAH that can go into low drain remotes, they are called eneloop lite. I have a bunch of 1400mah enegizers that I bought on clearance for like $2 a 4 pack that I use for remotes. Why put rechargables into remotes, this is so they don't leak and destroy expensive remotes. Alkaline batteries of any manufacturer always leak
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I can appreciate that this method works for you. I just think it's a little disingenuous for a number of people to claim that a benefit of rechargeable batteries over the in-controller rechargeable type here is that it's faster when all they're referring to is the swapping of batteries and nothing else involving recharging them. And honestly, even swapping batteries is not faster than plugging in a cable.

So, sure, environmental concerns, longer battery life, being part of the Eneloop superior race, etc are all valid reasons. "Convenience" and speed really are not.
But see I never said faster. As a matter of fact I said you only lose 10 seconds,eating that it takes 20 seconds longer

It's definitely more convenient. Not only do the rechargeable batteries last way longer when both are new but the rechargeable batteries stay at their original capacity for much much longer too. For the first couple of months the battery packs do alright but after that capacity starts disappearing quick. When I was using battery packs I was switching out packs every 6onths. I still got my original 4 rechargable batteries in rotation and there has been very little capacity loss in 2 years.

So besides the environmental impact there is convenience. I trade 20 seconds once a week for having a wired controller for 4 hours twice a week. Not only that but they I don't have to worry about someone tripping on the wire as getting hurt or ripping the isb cable out theconyroller or console risk damaging the port.

If 20 seconds a week changing batteries and 2 minutes every 2 weeks charging them is a big hassle then go for wiring your wireless. But at that point why not just get a wired controller? Do you leave the wire across the floor permanently? Or do you got to get up and get the cable from the console to plug it in? If you don't leave it across the floor them you are probably spending 10 seconds twice as often anyway. But whatever works for you man. I'm just speaking as somebody that's used both battery packs and rechargeable packs for years each and the experience is night in day better with rechargeable once you get organized and have a system. I think the last part is why some have issues.

And BTW my 2 minutes charging every 2 weeks isn't just for xbox controller but also for all the remotes and portable lights in the house. I'd be charging those anyway even if I used packs so the actual Xbox charging only adds seconds to what I'm already doing.
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I always have 4 batteries on the charger ready to go, takes two seconds to swap. No need to worry about plugging in after each gaming session. To each their own, but I think eneloops > battery packs.

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The controller tells you the batteries are low like a hour or two before they run out and it literally take 20 seconds to switch out batteries. The rechargeable batteries last way longer than these packs do.

I understand you can plug in the battery pack while playing saving you those 20 seconds a week but if I wanted a wired controller I would have bought one. And that's not even counting I sit about 12 feet from the XSX.
Both of these comments talk about how fast it is to swap the batteries but forget to mention that you've now got to charge the batteries you just removed.

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Not only that but they I don't have to worry about someone tripping on the wire as getting hurt or ripping the isb cable out theconyroller or console risk damaging the port.
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But at that point why not just get a wired controller? Do you leave the wire across the floor permanently? Or do you got to get up and get the cable from the console to plug it in? If you don't leave it across the floor them you are probably spending 10 seconds twice as often anyway.
This keeps coming up, too. I don't know how many of you don't realize you plug the controller in to charge it, and unplug it when you play. When you're done playing, you plug it back in - how often you do this depends on how long you play. I don't think that many people are sitting there playing with the wire connected. That's as preposterous a thought as claiming people always use their cell phones when they're plugged in. Can you do it? Yes. Is that how you're doing it? Probably not.

And the charging cable? It's literally a USB C cable - like what you're likely using to charge your phone and/or laptop. It doesn't have to be connected to your console. You just grab the charging cable you may already have next to your couch or whatever and plug it in.
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Both of these comments talk about how fast it is to swap the batteries but forget to mention that you've now got to charge the batteries you just removed.



This keeps coming up, too. I don't know how many of you don't realize you plug the controller in to charge it, and unplug it when you play. When you're done playing, you plug it back in - how often you do this depends on how long you play. I don't think that many people are sitting there playing with the wire connected. That's as preposterous a thought as claiming people always use their cell phones when they're plugged in. Can you do it? Yes. Is that how you're doing it? Probably not.

And the charging cable? It's literally a USB C cable - like what you're likely using to charge your phone and/or laptop. It doesn't have to be connected to your console. You just grab the charging cable you may already have next to your couch or whatever and plug it in.
But controller companies recommend not using other chargers. I ruined a Nvidia shield controller like that.

If you leave it plugged in when not playing it your battery will continually top off which will kill battery life. I mean thats fine if you dont care about buying new packs and the environment. Also I mention how fast it is because there are some that try take it seem like switching out 2 batteries is some huge ordeal that takes 5 minutes and 6 hands when it's actually super simple. I switch batteries out in between levels and loading screens.
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You don't need eneloop you just need pre-charged rechargable batteries. Trust me again I have so many brands of pre-charged batteries and they all do exactly the same thing and all work exactly the same as eneloop. As I said there's only so many factories out there that make batteries so the chances are you are getting a rebranded eneloop by buying a different manufacturer are pretty high.

The big reason I go for rechargable batteries is because they are cheaper, work in everything and the biggest reason is they have more capacity than this thing. This has 1200mah and rechargable batteries are 2000mah each which is way more. This means your controller lasts way longer.

About 10 to 15 years ago I made the investment in a good charger and I am still using that charger today. I've also found batteries quite a few times on clearance for cheap prices which means I have a stash for cheap money.

The other reason is because these battery packs always end up failing way before rechargable batteries. They usually fail in 6 months to a year of use if you are gaming a lot. Check the amazon reviews for them. The amazon reviews don't reflect this until the packs start failing 6months to a year after people start buying them. For $10-15 a battery pack or sometimes more I will choose the $7-10 pack of rechargable batteries. I have rechargable batteries from like 2006 that are still working.
Well your first paragraph has been proven false many times. Not all batteries are created equally even if they come from the same plant. Lots of studies prove this. If you want sources I'll be happy to provide them.

Please prove that these controller packs "always end up failing way before rechargeable batteries."
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Just wanted to mention that Amazon basics are, in fact, eneloop batteries. Same factory with Amazon labels.
Not anymore. Amazon used to have three different lines of rechargeable batteries - two standard capacity, one high capacity. The high capacity and one of the standard capacity batteries were made in Japan (i.e. were rebranded Eneloops), but now both the high capacity and single line of standard capacity batteries are made in China.

That's not to say the current AmazonBasics batteries are bad, just that they literally aren't Eneloops.

(It is kind of shady how Amazon continues to show reviews for their previous batteries on the current batteries' product listings, though.)
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if you live close to an Ikea their batteries are amazing too and cheap (it is said they are the "non-branded" eneloop pro but only off by 100 mAh)

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/ladd...-50504692/
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Is this USB C cable worth a damn? I have been looking for something a little longer to use with Oculus and most are around $10 so at least with this I'd get a battery pack to use with Xbox
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Not anymore. Amazon used to have three different lines of rechargeable batteries - two standard capacity, one high capacity. The high capacity and one of the standard capacity batteries were made in Japan (i.e. were rebranded Eneloops), but now both the high capacity and single line of standard capacity batteries are made in China.

That's not to say the current AmazonBasics batteries are bad, just that they literally aren't Eneloops.

(It is kind of shady how Amazon continues to show reviews for their previous batteries on the current batteries' product listings, though.)
Correct me if I am wrong but Eneloop is also now made in China right? At least the standard white eneloops.

They do have high capacity and pre-charged batteries. It can be a little difficult to differentiate between pre-charged and high capacity batteries. Personally I haven't had much luck with high capacity, the cells seem to lose their charge way too fast before you can use them. They also seem to deteriorate with age much faster. I haven't had these issues with pre-charged batteries.
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Well your first paragraph has been proven false many times. Not all batteries are created equally even if they come from the same plant. Lots of studies prove this. If you want sources I'll be happy to provide them.

Please prove that these controller packs "always end up failing way before rechargeable batteries."
There's a million different variables when it comes to rechargable batteries. Are you buying them from a store where they sat for a couple years or more without selling? If you do this, you are probably getting a battery that is gonna have reduced life because they sat for so long unused. What kind of charger you are using? When they were manufacturered? The type of battery you are using. Capacity etc. Its also possible to just get a bad cell from any manufacturer. This happens with regular batteries too, sometimes you can go to a store and find batteries leaking in the package. To the end user who just wants a battery that works most of this does not matter, except the type of charger you are using, that definitely matters.

The only brand of battery I've had issues with is Bonai, I wouldn't recommend those. I've had these die on me and I was unable to bring them up to a nominal capacity even with a fancy charger. Even with the Bonai, I've gotten enough charges out of them to more than pay for the batteries. With the price of rechargables these days, they come close to regular cells especially if you are like me and bought rechargables every time you saw them on clearance. If you are getting even 20-25 charges out of your rechargables before they die, you are saving money over regular batteries, but you should be getting a lot more than that.

I have a fancy charger I bought many years ago that still works perfectly. There are chargers out there that will literally overcharge and cook your batteries, I don't think there's too many of those these days, as most basic chargers seem to charge individual batteries which is really the key to keeping your batteries in working order, getting a charger that will charge batteries individually.

Amazon reviews indicate that rechargable battery packs like the one here fail quickly. Also if you have ever taken apart some of these packs they are just 2 batteries inside soldered together with a controller chip, I've done it. Sometimes they put AAA batteries in them so they can make the plastic around them fit into the controller. They usually put a cheap off brand of battery in there. This is why they are way lower capacity than regular AA batteries. Sometimes there's a lithium pack in there like in the official microsoft xbox one battery pack. Though I've heard of people having issues with those too, and for $25-30, you can buy a decent set of batteries and a charger and just replace the batteries when they die.
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But controller companies recommend not using other chargers. I ruined a Nvidia shield controller like that.

If you leave it plugged in when not playing it your battery will continually top off which will kill battery life. I mean thats fine if you dont care about buying new packs and the environment. Also I mention how fast it is because there are some that try take it seem like switching out 2 batteries is some huge ordeal that takes 5 minutes and 6 hands when it's actually super simple. I switch batteries out in between levels and loading screens.
If you are plugging in the cable and sitting with it plugged in for more time than it takes to charge the battery then you may as well remove the battery pack and play wired. You do know that you can play with an xbox one controller with it just connected to the console with the USB cable and no battery in it right??
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