Energizer’s Induction Charging System for the Wii won’t hit retailers for another three weeks, but a magical fairy dropped one off at the CG office the other day. Inductive charging systems have been around for some time and chances are that you probably have an electronic toothbrush in the medicine cabinet that’s charging inductively as you read this. So it isn’t new, but I believe this is a first for the gaming world.
The kit is made for two Wiimotes and includes two rechargeable NiMH batteries that are integrated into battery cover replacements. The charging cradle allows for Wiimotes to be recharged with both Motion Plus accessories and silicone sleeves attached thanks to an open-ended design.
Energizer claims that the batteries will recharge from a discharged state in roughly 4.5 hours, which is surprising considering that other traditional exposed contact charging systems take up to eight hours. My Wii isn’t at the office so I can’t confirm or deny this.
It’s currently up for pre-order at Gamestop for $50 with a June 5th ship date. Look for a full review in a few days.