Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging BlissS

Nyko's Charge Base IC is the most elegant solution we've found to charge pesky Wiimotes yet.

The Price

$35, available now. Package includes charger and two compatible batteries.

The Verdict

As we said in the lead, the Charge Base IC (which stands for "inductive charging") is the best solution for charging Wiimotes we've seen to date, if you can stand its 2-controller limit.

Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging BlissS

Yes, the stand is a cacophony of various plastics and LED, but you'll quickly disregard aesthetics the first time you hold the Wiimote up to the cradle and it just sticks. Attached through magnetism, it will be charged without the need for plugs or ports, without the need of pulling out the little stopper from the Wii MotionPlus adapter, and without even the need of removing the silicone case. (Should you be a non-case user such as myself, you'll find the ridged rubber backs on the batteries quite comfortable.)

The stand even includes a USB charging port, should you need it, and the AC adapter has an outlet plug on the back, meaning you won't waste a power outlet to recharge your Wiimotes.

There's room for improvement—an indicator that signaled the level of charge would be very handy. I'm not really sure how long it takes to charge the batteries to full because, at the moment, the charger always just glows blue (UPDATE: It wasn't in the manual, but the charger does go green when it's done—the initial charge took so many hours that I just assumed it had to be full already). The magnet could feel stronger through the silicone sleeve. And obviously, you can buy a basic 4-Wiimote charger for the price of this 2-Wiimote charger. Though I have a feeling that Nyko will announced a 4-controller unit if this first model is successful.

But for the ultra-lazy among us, the Charge Base IC is pretty great.

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Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging Bliss

Contact charging is easy and practical

Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging Bliss

Works with real Wiimotes and generics

Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging Bliss

There's simply not a better design we've seen

Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging Bliss

Through sleeve, magnet still works, but could feel stickier

Nyko Charge Base IC Review: Wiimote Charging Bliss

Charging indicator doesn't indicate much