This new charger fills an Xbox One controller battery in 60 seconds

A company claims it is coming out with a new product that will charge up a standard Xbox One controller in less than a minute. Game console accessory maker Performance Designed Products says its Super Charger will allow gamers to play with the controller for up to 12 hours after just a minute on its charging dock.

IGN has the first word on the Super Charger, along with a quote from PDP's chief technology officer Tom Roberts:

"The Super Charger's unique ability to recharge the Xbox One controller in just seconds reduces interruption in game play sessions – a full recharge during a quick break provides convenience to all gamers,"

Aside from that, and a render of the Super Charger, little else is known about the product and PDP has yet to announce a price or release date. By the limited graphics and information they've released, it appears the Super Charger consists of a charging base and a fast-charging battery module that's slung underneath the standard Xbox One controller. If we had to guess, that module is what's charged up so quickly and it then charges the controller as you use it at a more traditional pace (which is along the lines of around 4 hours).

More information on PDP's Xbox One controller Super Charger is expected to be revealed at CES 2016 next week in Las Vegas.

Source: IGN

40 Comments
  • Awesome
  • Won't the batteries get spoilt sooner though?
  • It should have an automatic shut off to prevent the battery to overcharge
  • I think he means a shorter life. Quick charging batteries usually shortens their overall life span
  • This is where "Coming soon" fits :)
  • Read the article guys, it's not exactly 'charging' the controllers battery directly. It just attaches some sort of battery pack to your controller that charges it while u play..
  • Cant wait!
  • Really?
  • Nice bit of kit, but no good to anyone with an elite or a scuff.
  • I sure the amount of regular controllers out there are far more than the two you mentioned.
  • How is this possible without different battery technology? Why isn't this in cell phones if it's this simple?
  • It's not this simple, really. Likely, this charger actually charges a secondary battery first, which then charges the main Xbox Controller battery at a normal rate. The secondary battery is likely larger than the normal Xbox Controller battery, and is likely unable to hold a charge for any length of time. It's build entirely to take a charge quickly and then pass that charge on as fast as possible. Smartphone batteries are built with the opposite in mind, or at least they were, to hold a charge for as long as possible despite how slow charging is. Forcing a smartphone battery to charge this quickly would likely destroy it or cause severe damage, and it would be nearly impossible to cap it. It's not new battery technology, it's just a twist on old battery technology. At least, this is how I figure it.
  • Its most likely not a traditional battery but a 'super capacitor' system. Super capacitors have been in products for a few years, but have never really caught on for some reason.  Possibly far too much money invested in the current battery infustructure for any of the big guys to want to try anything different I guess.
  • Super Capacitors as of right now can't output a charge as steadily as traditional batteries but they're getting there. And they don't last too long yet either. There's a company called Opex that demos super capacitors they create and they have this one self sustainable sorting robot(moves about on rails). It uses super capacitors to power the whole thing and it can last up to 12 minutes on a single charge. The super capacitor charges just by friction, once it is depleted it goes back to it's base and rubs 2 materials together to create energy by friction. But the caveat is that it still works in shorter bursts of energy which a controller could not use.
  • What's the battery capacity like because if it's only a short charge to begin with.
  • I'm guessing, and I could be wrong because I only have exactly the right information from the very article were are on, but I would say 12 hours.
  • *small explosion*
  • Sounds like a bad idea with current battery tech.
  • Thats more uncombersome than the battery packs on the 360 controller, ill stick to swapping my batteries out thanks
  • looks like its just an extra battery, quite reminiscent of the 360 controller bulge in the back. So the solution to charging your controller is going back to the 360s design just when we got rid of the ugly bulge in the back. I just use normal batteries now, even P&C Kit is too much of a hassle for me. And swapping batteries takes 15 seconds.
  • Ugly bulge, LOL, ffs people its not like someone is watching u play, its not a modelling show, one shouldn't even notice the bulge. Its a decent products, one can't really judge the product now because no price is listed. $25 for one of those and it'll be out of stock in a week. I have to say it is pretty irritating running outa batteries @ 23:00 in the evenings.
  • With the one controller you can just connect it with a micro usb though, so its pretty hard to actually be in a spot where you can't play at all due to a lack of juice in the controller.
  • @pukemon yep..
  • No thanks. Nothing beats alkaline. Easy no fuss. Cheaper too.
  • Plug&Play with 10 feet long cord just works fine. No battery replacement needed.
  • Not really cheaper, one ought to save money in the long run, especially if u are a real gamer those batteries don't last long at all.
  • @martin I find the play and charge don't last long either, I usually go between rechargeables(eneloops) or alkalines.
  • Everyone had their ups and downs about these charging products, at the end its about personel preference and what advantage one does prefer over the other. IMHO if this product does live up to its current description I really wouldn't mind waiting 60 secs for a full charge in stead of buying batteries AFTER batteries to play. That is if its a fair price ofc.
  • And I've had a few eneloops in my days and I can say I've had a bad experience... They don't last very long and some are fatter than other, don't fit in all battery compartments.
  • #Gonein60seconds...
  • Sweet
  • I can switch 2 rechargeable duracell is less than a minute. I'll stick with that.
  • Agreed, I can swap my eneloops out in less than 15 secs.
  • interesting idea, maybe they will also have a PS4 version as that controller uses a built-in rechargeable batt. More reason why I like the Xbox controllers you can do rechargeable or non-rechargeable batts. Forgot to stick it on charger and you stuck with a wired controller until its charged.
  • Not sure about the big lumpy battery block underneath. Hmmm. I'll stick with my Elite and rechargables.
  • Now just make it last 168 hours(a 7 day week), let it charge in 10-30 min and my phone would be happy...I think we would all be happy if we can have a modern smartphone that lasts a week...
  • I am sceptical.
  • Fire hazard.
  • when NASA was trying to go to the moon, the spent over $1mm to develop a pen. The Russians used a simple pencil. I will stick to my eneloop batteries. 4 in use for two controllers and 4 charging and way cheaper than that contraption.  
  • Panasonic Eneloop batteries FTW - lots of playtime, easy to swap out with a freshly-charged set when needed Posted via the Windows Central App for Android