Microsoft's official play and charge kit (opens in new tab) for the Xbox One controller is very good, and it's a definite improvement over having to swap out batteries every time the control pad dies. The fact the Xbox One controller doesn't just have an internal battery like Sony has on the DualShock 4 is disappointing enough in itself.
The only drawback to the official kit is that you have to charge the battery inside the controller. Without an external charger, you can't stack multiple battery packs and have a fresh one ready to go when you run out.
That's where this third-party kit from Moko has an advantage.
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You get two batteries in this kit, meaning one can be charging while you're using your wireless controller so it's ready the moment you need it. Each of these Moko batteries is physically the same size as the Microsoft ones, but with a much lower capacity.
The official battery has a 1,400 mAh capacity good for, Microsoft says, up to 30 hours gaming. I've never really counted, but that feels about right. The Moko batteries have only a 600 mAh capacity each, so the pair combined is still a little short of that one Microsoft battery pack.
This is disappointing, and in real terms only seems to allow six to seven hours of play time before you need to swap in the other. The benefit, of course, is that USB charging dock that the now empty battery can go straight into.
It uses a standard 5V of power and works fine when plugged into the USB ports on your Xbox One console. When charging, you get a small blue LED but other than that it's a simple cradle. You have to use this, too, as these batteries don't have the contacts like the official one to charge inside the controller.
You also have to be a little careful inserting these batteries into the controller, since there are no real markings to show you where to go. If you've never used a battery pack before, the end with no contacts on it goes up against the + and - terminals. The two dot-shaped connectors go on the other side, or the left if you're looking from the rear of the controller.
Despite the shortfall in life, this is a decent kit for the Xbox One controller. The combination of the external charger and the price of just $16 makes it more affordable and more convenient if you're not a fan of having to plug your controller in. They're also available in white.
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rubbish not lithium ion. no thanks!
As someone who plays both ps4 and Xbox, being able to swap batteries on the Xbox controller is far more convenient than them being built in.
Totally agree. I recently had to buy a new PS3 controller (fourth in its lifetime) to replace one that wouldn't charge anymore.
I've been using these (link below) in my controllers and remotes. They work great. I love that I can just put regular batteries in these as well. I've had to do that at a game night at a friends when I forgot my cable. https://www.amazon.com/EBL-Battery-Charger-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B00...
I'm confused Richard writes "The fact the Xbox One controller doesn't just have an internal battery like Sony has on the Dual Shock 4 is disappointing enough in itself." Then writes "The only drawback to the official kit is that you have to charge the battery inside the controller. Without an external charger, you can't stack multiple battery packs and have a fresh one ready to go when you run out." The Dual Shock 4 suffers from the same problem. So why is he disappointed?
The fact that the Xbox controllers use regular batteries is imho one of the biggest pluses it has on the DS4. I have a charging stand where I swap between two controllers right now, but I have a lot of rechargeable batteries around the house in other devices, and I could just as well use these.
Agreed that it appears like a PS4 fanboy, because the plusses and minus are contradictory between the 2 controllers. Since if the battery is internal it cannot be replaced, that is a big negative. That means if it goes bad you are screwed. I have been using the "NYKO Charge Base for Xbox One" and have been enjoying it. You have to charge in the controller is the only negative, but I always have a controller charged in case I need it.
Just buy a 4 of Endloop or Endloop Pros with the charger and be done with it. I get about the same if not more battery life than this with no ugly mismatching packs or special chargers.
swapping out batteries is a good thing since the only alternatives otherwise is tossing the dead controller and buying a new one or mailing it to be serviced. That said I think the official batteries have a worse life span because of the bluetooth and I can notice a faint electrical hum from the bottoms when nothing is plugged into them (these seem to have even worse battery life). If I had to choose I'm always going to stick with MS brand or AA's. I read too many horror stories on Best Buy or Amazon where 3rd party kit not only started burning up temperature-wise enough to melt the controller parts but also literally caught fire or popped. No thanks to that
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