Xbox One controllers are powered by AA batteries, but if swapping out alkaline cells isn’t your thing, some awesome rechargeable battery options exist. There is a wide array of charging solutions available on the market for Xbox One controllers, ranging from cheap and cheerful to premium. Here are some of the best we’ve tested.
Controller Gear makes a range of controller stands to match Microsoft’s various controller designs, and they come with a large battery and a fast-charging mains connector to boot. Whether you’re using a standard black controller or something more unique, like the Recon Tech controller, Controller Gear should have you covered. The stands start at $40, and they have some serious quality.
Amazon’s Basics range fill in the gaps left by other suppliers, and this dual-charging station is no exception. Complete with decent rechargeable battery doors for standard Xbox controllers, this dual stand can recharge two controllers simultaneously while you wait.
The official Xbox play and charge kit is still one of the best options, with batteries that are built to last in long gaming sessions. While there’s no dock and you’ll have to charge using a USB cable, the official Microsoft rechargeable just tend to be better than competing single-cell offerings.
While it’s a little cumbersome dealing with single AA cells and a bulky recharge station, the Panasonic Eneloop batteries simply offer the most amount of juice on a single charge, while also recharging the fastest. I tend to keep two AA cells in the dock to quickly swap out when my controller runs out of power. The advanced Eneloop cells last an obscenely long time for a regular AA battery, and don’t degrade nearly as quickly.
Smatree is relatively new to the Xbox accessory market, and their recent rechargeable battery pack is garnering some attention on Amazon. The beefy 2000 mAh battery packs can be recharged in tandem using a USB-powered docking cradle, ensuring you always have one cell ready for continuous play. They’re pretty cheap too at $25.
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Right now I would personally recommend Panasonic’s Eneloop dock for simplicity’s sake. The power pack can be plugged directly into the wall, and the handy LED indicators will let you know when each individual cell is ready to use. They retain their charge pretty well too, even after several months I’m still using the same four cells on a recharge rotation, with is certainly not something I can claim for other batteries I’ve used in the past. You can also just buy some new separate Eneloop batteries if any of them die, too, without buying a whole new dock.
For style, the Controller Gear range is great, particularly if you have a custom Xbox One controller that demands some extra flair, such as this sexy Gears of War edition.
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