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Fosmon Dual Charging Station for Xbox One controllers review: Heavy-duty charging for hardcore gamers

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You can almost always say the same thing about dual controller chargers: The ability to keep two controllers charged is useful, but you each charge usually lasts a shorter amount of time than if you were to use other charging methods. Fosmon's dual charging station for Xbox One controllers is different, though, offering an industry-leading amount of playtime hours per charge — but the catch is that you'll pay more than you would for other dual chargers. That's not a bad thing, however, as the Fosmon charging station is more than worth its price of about $40.

What you'll love about the Fosmon Dual Charging Station

The best thing about the Fosmon Dual Charging Station is its excellent charging capabilities. On a full charge with one of the two included 1000-mah NiMH battery packs, I was able to get 20 full hours of gameplay before my controller died, which is a significant improvement over the eight to 10 hours that I get from other dual charging stations. It even manages to beat my trusty Xbox One Play and Charge kit (opens in new tab), which usually gives me about 16 hours of gameplay time. It's hard to know if this will continue as the battery packs get older, but right out of the box, these batteries are fantastic. In terms of charge time, it takes about five to six hours for a battery to reach full capacity after going dead. This isn't the best time on the market, but it's still very respectable.

The best dual charger around.

In addition, both the station and the exteriors of the battery packs are sleek and simple looking. The Fosmon battery pack cover is identical to the standard battery door that comes with Xbox One controllers, aside from the two small metal pieces that the station conducts electricity through. Another neat feature is the charge indicator lights on the front of the station, which flash green while a controller is charging and stay solid green when it is fully charged. Lastly, the frame of the charging station is nice and compact, which means it won't take up too much space on whatever surface you put it on.

What you'll love less about the Fosmon Dual Charging Station

The only real issue with the Fosmon Dual Charging Station is its seemingly weak build quality. In general, I dislike when electronics are hollow inside because it usually means they can break easily. Unfortunately, tapping on the side of the Fosmon station confirms that this is the case. I feel like this charger should be more durable, especially considering how much more it costs compared to other dual chargers.

Should you buy the Fosmon Dual Charging Station?

Aside from the issue with the build quality, the Fosmon Dual Charging Station is an absolutely fantastic product that has all the advantages of a normal dual charging station with none of the downsides.

While it is a little pricey, you definitely get what you pay for in this product. As long as you're relatively careful with it, you won't regret this purchase.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

11 Comments
  • "Heavy duty" in the title and then it's only con is "seems a little flimsy". Way to go.
  • He's referring to the level of playtime in using the term "heavy-duty" not the build quality. Its also on sale right now for 32.99. I am curious if he bought this on Dec 3rd as it was only $17.49
  • Heavy duty charging* Read the full headline.
  • Some morons don't know how to read.
  • I just don't agree that this charger is "Heavy duty" as the build quality is junk. Don't promote poorly constructed products as heavy duty. I guess this site will promote anything for money.
  • Since you ignored me the first time, I’ll say it again: Read the full headline. I’m describing the CHARGING as heavy duty. Not the quality of the build. If you’re going to try and insult my work and imply it’s clickbait, at least make sure you’re right first.
  • I did not ignore you or make any claim of clickbait. I was merely pointing out that it doesn't provide any merit with the charging of the batteries. There is no "Heavy Duty" charging going on. Merely a battery that is charging on a dock that you claim is constructed "flimsy". Hence why I was stating my opinion that the title should not say "heavy duty" if you are going to describe the overall construction of the product as "flimsy". For a person of the industry you leave no room for someone to provide you with constructive feedback. Good day sir.
  • Yeah, no. “I guess this site will promote anything for money.” That’s both a cheap shot at my work and an implication that I/we just write things for no reason other then money. AKA, clickbait. I welcome constructive feedback with open arms. But this wasn’t constructive feedback.
  • Well this site has steadily become a page full of ads and product reviews that don't necessarily have anything to do with Windows or Microsoft products. This has lead folks to tend to lean towards other sites that provide the real info we need. And again I never said the word Clickbait. Maybe you should go back and not skip over my writing. Anyway thanks for accepting the feedback and I really do hope it aids in improving your work. Happy Holidays.
  • Cons should include "cannot charge controller with chatpad attached" -- a must-have for me.
  • Yea my Energizer works great with the chat adapter. Been running strong for years.