AA batteries power Xbox One controllers, but if swapping out alkaline cells isn't your thing, some excellent rechargeable battery options exist. There is a wide array of charging solutions available on the market for Xbox One controllers, ranging from cheap and cheerful to premium. Here are some of the best we've tested.
While this isn't a battery or charging dock, it is essential to note. Why? The Elite Series 2 has an incredibly beefy internal battery, boasting anywhere up to 40 hours of continuous play. It also comes with a nifty charge dock, which after using it myself, I cannot see myself giving up willingly. This is the ultimate Xbox controller for people who want to ditch AA batteries for good.
While it's a little cumbersome dealing with single AA cells and a bulky recharge station, the Panasonic Eneloop batteries simply offer the most amount of juice on a single charge while also recharging the fastest. I tend to keep two AA cells in the dock to quickly swap out when my controller runs out of power. The advanced Eneloop cells last an obscenely long time for a regular AA battery and don't degrade nearly as quickly.
Control your gear
Controller Gear makes a range of controller stands to match Microsoft's various controller designs, and they come with a large battery and a fast-charging mains connector to boot. Whether you're using a standard black controller or something more unique, like the Recon Tech controller, Controller Gear should have you covered. These stands have some serious quality.
Back to basics
Fosmon is long-known in this space for decent quality to price ratio, and this dual-charging station is no exception. Complete with decent rechargeable battery doors for standard Xbox controllers, this dual stand can recharge two controllers simultaneously while you wait.
The official Xbox play and charge kit is still one of the best options on the market, with batteries that are built to last in long gaming sessions. While there's no dock and you'll have to charge using a USB cable, the official Microsoft rechargeable just tends to be better than competing single-cell offerings.
Smatree is relatively new to the Xbox accessory market, and its recent rechargeable battery pack is garnering some attention on Amazon. The beefy 2,000mAh battery packs can be recharged in tandem using a USB-powered docking cradle, ensuring you always have one cell ready for continuous play.
SnakeByte is a prominent Xbox accessory manufacturer that generally airs on the affordable, budget side of the equation. However, its Twin:Charge X dock not only looks premium, but it also sports elevated build quality and stylish design with both white and black options for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. The battery size isn't great at 800mAh, but the convenience of this set won me over.
Charge it up
There are dozens upon dozens of unique battery solutions for Xbox One controllers, but many of them simply aren't even worth considering. The quality of a battery impacts profoundly on how well it retains a charge and how long it lasts in practice, and of all the ones we've tested, these are the best of the best.
The ultimate option is, naturally, the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 (opens in new tab), owing to its insane 40-hour internal battery. It also comes with a magnetic charge dock that makes resuming play incredibly easy. After three months of hardcore abuse, I haven't noticed any dip in the maximum charge, which is a testament to the quality of the cells Microsoft used here. It's not cheap, though, so you may want to give AA Eneloops a try instead.
Panasonic's Eneloop dock (opens in new tab) is an excellent option for simplicity's sake. The power pack can be plugged directly into the wall, and the handy LED indicators will let you know when each cell is ready to use. They retain their charge pretty well too, even after several months I'm still using the same four cells on a recharge rotation, with is certainly not something I can claim for other batteries I've used in the past. You can also buy some new separate Eneloop batteries (opens in new tab) if any of them die, too, without buying a whole new dock. The dock also has space for charging AAA batteries, too, if you want to juice up your remotes at the same time.
For style, the Controller Gear range (opens in new tab) is excellent, particularly if you have a custom Xbox One controller that demands some extra flair.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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