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PostSubject: Great Charger News   Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:54 pm

The Wii remote does not and never has included a built-in rechargeable battery, so you either have to go through heaps of disposable batteries, use regular rechargeable ones that you have to remove and insert into a wall charger, or buy a third-party rechargeable battery pack and charger specifically for the Wii remote. I did the latter, buying the Nyko charger kit which includes battery packs that stay inside the controllers and a charging dock that can charge up to two remotes simultaneously, and it's done fine. The down-side is that it requires removal of the remote gloves/sleeves to charge, and taking them off and pulling them back on all the time is a pain, so I've left ours off.

Now SANYO is bringing us the first officially licensed charger kit, and this one's neat. It can charge the remote's battery pack without needing a direct contact with the battery pack, meaning we can charge remotes with the sleeves/gloves on.

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 Tokyo, July 24, 2008 ---- SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announces an easy-to-use ‘Contactless Charger Set for the Wii Remote Control’, produced especially for Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Nintendo)’s Wii remote control.
 The Wii remote uses two AA batteries and it is well known to take up many batteries. This new set offers users the convenience of simple charging by placing the Wii remote control into the specialized stand, the only battery and charger made under license*1 from Nintendo, and the capability to sequentially charge 4 controllers from a single AC adapter. The charger also offers a ‘charge failure detection function*2, ensuring safe recharging. Easy enough for even the youngest or oldest of Wii players, the Wii remote control can be recharged by simply placed in the stand without removing the batteries, the Wii remote jacket, or the back cover.
 SANYO’s battery pack and charger, the ‘Contactless Charger Set for the Wii Remote Control’, will be on sale in Japan starting from August 25, 2008.




The controller dock only has room for one controller at a time, but the docks can be aligned up to four across and can charge this way using a single power cord. Unless multiple players are constantly playing together, odds are that a whole set of controllers won't all need to be charged all at once, so it's not that big of a deal to only charge one at a time, but additional docks can be purchased for charging multiple controllers simultaneously if so desired, and still using only one single power cord.



SANYO says it takes 220 minutes (3 hours 40 minutes) to charge. A charged battery pack will last approximately 6.5 hours of play time. The charge kit is due out August 25, 2008.

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http://www.sanyo.com/news/2008/07/24-1en.html

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PostSubject: Re: Great Charger News   Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:47 pm

That sounds a lot better.
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