Hands-on: Energizer Induction Charging System for the Wii

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Induction charging equals magic. OK, not really, but if you were to show such a thing to a caveman he’d probably keel over and die. Actually, he/she/it would probably freak out and club someone, which is the exact opposite of what Brendan Fraser did in Encino Man. Sorry, I’m delirious from malnourishment.

Anyway, I’ve had a week with Energizer’s Induction Charging System and so far it works as advertised, sort of. Charging time is, in fact, around four hours. However, I’ve also been using Nyko’s Wand over the last week as well but the Energizer battery pack doesn’t work with it. In fact, you can’t even charge the pack if it’s installed on the Nyko Wand.

Aside from that, the system is pretty straightforward. An amber light on the dock indicates that the battery packs are currently charging while a green light signals that it’s finished. The battery packs get pretty warm while charging, but once they’ve been topped off the heat begins to dissipate. I attempted to charge the battery pack by itself without the Nintendo Wii Remote and Nyko’s Wand, but failed to get a constant charge. Charging is sporadic and not worth the aggravation of having to adjust its positioning to get a solid amber light.

Battery life so far is quite good having logged roughly nine hours playing Namco’s Klonoa, Atari’s Ready 2 Rumble Revolution and Wii Sports.

Other than that there isn’t a whole lot more to report at this point. It works and I wouldn’t expect anything less from an Energizer product.

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