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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The only must-have accessory for the Xbox One

    Posted
    Xyjar
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    Though your Xbox One controller runs on AA batteries and includes one pair of them, it's so much nicer to have the Play and Charge Kit rather than burning through costly AA batteries. Even rechargeable AA batteries aren't as good, they don't last quite as long per discharge, and you have to remove them to recharge them. It's much easier to just plug in the charging cable when your juice is low. These rechargeable batteries seem a little smaller than the Xbox 360 ones, but worked great all through my Xbox One's launch night. The only very minor downside is it takes a few seconds longer to swap these batteries out than it did to swap out an Xbox 360 battery, but I like the tradeoff of having the Xbox One controller be slimmer and sleeker since there isn't a big battery jutting out the back. The swap time doesn't really matter anyway since you use the cable to recharge it, where on the 360 I usually swapped one out of my Quick Charge kit (Microsoft hasn't yet released a similar product for the Xbox One yet). The charging cable is sufficiently long to play from my couch (8 feet away from my TV). Took an hour or so for the initial charging to finish from whatever capacity percentage these come from the factory. Don't bother with the third-party junk batteries. While the cable is just a basic micro USB and interchangeable, off-brand rechargeable batteries are rarely worth bothering with for the small difference in price. The cable itself seems pretty high quality too though, it snaps in and has a very solid connection, which I like. My only complaint isn't about this product, but about the Xbox One design. The single USB port is on the console's left side instead of how the Xbox 360 has two ports on the front. This makes it not reach quite as far, and is also more risky in the event of someone tripping over the cable. Instead of it just yanking out, it might tug the cord in a bad way and damage the cable or the USB port. I recommend buying the bundle with the controller for a $10 discount though ($75 instead of $60+$25=$85), unless you only ever plan on having one controller I suppose. Amazon is sold out of those at the time of this review, but my local Best Buy and Walmart still had stacks of them, so you may want to try a local store. Update 2013.11.24: I've gotten at least about 20 hours of on-time without the battery dying since I got my Xbox One. I didn't go until it died before plugging in the cable, but it seems to have about as much life in it as the old Xbox 360 rechargeables. Maybe even a little bit more since all my 360 ones are aging and gradually losing their charge, though this one will probably do the same over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lasts me almost 2 weeks per charge!

    Posted
    Rookie4sho
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    I consider myself a moderate user, I usually play about 2.5 hours a day before bed, sort of a bed time ritual after a long day at work. On my days off I may play for about 6 hours straight. This is my typical routine on a weekly basis, if I don't go out. I never have to charge until about a week and a half. Lately I haven't had to charge for almost 2 weeks with a constant 2.5 hour a day gaming. My additional 6 hours on my 2 days off seem to bring it down to about 1 week and a half. I'd recommend this official charge kit over the cheaper alternatives because after some research, it uses Lition-ion as opposed to NiMH and lasts much longer than the cheaper Energizer and Nyko versions. While I'd like to have a dock just like the Energizer and Nyko versions, the battery pack itself is more priority to me. I also don't like that the Nyko and Energizer versions have to add metal contacts on the back door, thus you cannot use stock back cover and have to use theirs. Another downside to the Nyko and Energizer versions, the battery indicator on the dashboard is not accurate, the official will give you the proper reading. The charge cable it comes with is very good quality, long enough to play and charge at long distance (9ft). It does have a light on the end that's orange and turns white when fully charged. The Xbox does still charge your controller when turned off, and I mean fully off and not in standby mode. You can also plug into the wall using the end of a phone charger like Android or the end of an iPhone charger, which I liked since my outlet is closer than my console, and still play while plugged into the wall. Its micro usb, so you can also use any Android phone cable instead of the official, which could come in handy when in desperate need to charge. I personally like to keep it official and use the proper cable to see the charge indicator light. A proper full uninterrupted charge and full discharge every time will have you gaming for almost 2 weeks before having to recharge again. Unless you're a much heavier user, then I'd say you're good for a minimum of 5 days straight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best rechargable solution for Xbox One

    Posted
    DrakeC
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    When I first purchased my Xbox One I purchased a third party battery with charge cable solution for $20, hoping to save the five dollars and avoid a rotating stock of AA batteries. Unfortunately after a few months of use the micro-USB cable that came with the other product frayed to the point that it no longer would charge the battery. The third party battery solution also required the use of a custom battery cover, provided with the package, which allowed the charge cable to plug directly into the battery. This solution prevented the Xbox system from being able to identify when the battery was charging. As that solution fell through I ponied up the extra few dollars and purchased the official Microsoft solution. I couldn't be happier. Every complaint I had about the third party charging solution was resolved. The cable is incredibly long and has yet to fray under the same use conditions as the previously purchased third-party cable. I have learned my lesson about third party peripherals. This is a must-have for any Xbox One owner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a quality product

    Posted
    IanO
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    I bought this charging pack to try and stop using so many batteries when I'm playing my Xbox One S. Unfortunately, I've been forced to go back to batteries due to the extremely poor performance of this product. For starters, to get the battery pack into my Xbox One S controller, I felt like I was pushing hard enough to break either the pack or my controller before finally getting it to fit inside the designated slot (same goes for trying to remove the pack). Secondly, the pack never fully charges and I've gotten a maximum of 6-8 hours of straight gameplay usage before the controller dies (claims that it can last up to 20 hours of gameplay). Finally, overtime I plug in the charger while I am in a party with my friends, everyone complains of a loud buzzing sound coming from my mic due to the charger. My controller doesn't stay connected while charging and playing either, extremely finicky, if I hit the charger on my desk or something the controller turns off and asks me to reconnect. Would highly NOT recommend this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Own three and no complaints!

    Posted
    Ace758
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    I’ve only ever used Microsoft battery packs, but I haven’t had a reason NOT to. I purchased the first with the console, second shortly after, and third with the Elite controller around four years later. I’m still using them all as of today! That should speak for itself on reliability and charge/use time! I recommend this product and no other! See below as to why... My nephew received a different brand that comes with two battery packs and a stand that allows charging, as well as standard USB charging. He has had them around a year and a half and has already had one fail to charge via the stand and the other fail via the USB. One of the controller’s headset port doesn’t function while using the off brand pack, as well. This particular off brand doesn’t allow the factory battery cover to be used so it will likely lead to internal controller component damage due to the battery pack not being secured.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Quite What I Thought

    Posted
    kcdragon
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    First things first, this shouldn't even be an option on today's controllers. Why the XBox One doesn't come with charging controllers I will never understand, but it is what it is and I knew that going in. Instead of shucking out a lot of money on AA batteries, I thought I'd get these packs and all would be well. My son has a PS4 and his controllers have them built in, we bought him a charging stand, and it's nice and sleek. However, I bought these and then I bought a charging stand and the two don't go together. I don't know if Microsoft offers a charging stand, but it wasn't in the store and I didn't feel like looking online. The charging stand was $30 (I think) and came with rechargeable battery packs so I have these little packs for travel and the rechargeable ones for home use. Definitely not my choice if given one. The packs swap out with the built in ones easily enough, they charge with a USB micro plug (universal so that's good), and they last quite a while. My only complaint is they cost significantly more than the charging station with rechargeable batteries that I bought a month later.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Batteries BEGONE!

    Posted
    osubluejacket
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    Has this ever happened to you? You're playing the hottest, new Xbox One game and you're in the middle of a tense section of the game. You're about to slay the dragon/save the princess/pwn the dude/save the day. You're literally *THIS CLOSE*... and your controller dies. You spend the next frantic fifteen minutes tearing apart your home/game cave/hovel/basement/room/prison cell looking for the precious AA batteries you need to jam into your controller so that you can unlock that achievement and brag to your digital friends/enemies/frenemies, but the glorious chemical creators of electrical power are nowhere to be found. Those days can be GONE by picking up the Microsoft - Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One. The battery pack easily clicks into the XB1 controller and the micro-USB cable is long enough to allow charging while playing (at a reasonable distance). The rechargeable pack also has a good (better than disposable batteries) charge life, so gamers can typically go about a week's worth of *reasonable* gaming session without having to recharge. Also, it saves the planet... literally... disposable batteries end up in landfills where they end up killing unicorns.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got Me Away From The Batteries!

    Posted
    TadB
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    Great option for players! I bought a few rechargeable AA's because I thought it would work fine to charge and swap. That was until I was in the middle of a battle and the batteries went dead leaving me standing there helpless until I could get them swapped out. With this, all I have to do when I get the message "Low Batteries" is plug in the long USB cable attached to the console and keep playing while it recharges the pack in the controller. One downside I noticed, was that I couldn't plug it into my computer that was right near me to avoid a cord running across the floor because with the new programmable controllers that are much smarter than the old 360 ones, the computer sees the controller and tries to connect to it rather than just charge it. There may be settings I haven't tried to stop this, but that's what it did out of the box for me. Otherwise, great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Keeps those exteneded Gaming Sessions going

    Posted
    Daddio
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    For years I've used generic rechargeable AA batteries in my Xbox controllers. The problem with these AA batteries is that during a long session with your fire team, those batteries can run out at the worst moment and leave your character standing like a helpless zombie as the controller shuts down. It takes precious minutes to go to where the charged batteries are stored and remove the old batteries to install the recharged ones. The Xbox Play and Change Kit can save the game in this situation because you can have the charge cord within reach and simply plug the charge cord in and continue playing AS THE CONTROLLER IS BEING CHARGED. When this battery pack is installed into your controller you can charge from any micro USB phone charger, but the included micro USB charger has the added feature of an LED at the controller end that glows amber as the controller is charging and then turns green when the batteries are fully charged.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Necessary and works well

    Posted
    Starbuck2907
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    Compared to the Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One controller seems to eat a lot more batteries. So, I bought a charging kit. It lasts a LOT longer than AA batteries. Basically, for Xbox 360, AA batteries always worked fine, but for Xbox One, the charging kit lasts a lot longer than AA batteries. I feel like it was well worth the purchase. My one complaint is that the charging cable is a bit tricky to put in and pull out of the controller. The battery pack snaps in easily though. When removing the cable from the controller, you have to be very careful to grab it as close to you can from the controller or else the top part of the cable,the plastic part where the little charging light is, might get a little loose, and then you will have to slide it back down a little before it will go back into the controller. This is not a big deal, but it is a little annoying. Overall, I own two of these charging kits and have been very pleased. I didn't find the charging kit for the Xbox 360 necessary, but I've found the Xbox One charging kit a very worthwhile investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best thing to buy for consoles

    Posted
    Chris
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    These battery packs are hands-down the absolute best thing to buy for any console controller!! The new consoles (and even the last-gen) controllers eat through batteries like nothing else. For a core gamer, standard AA batteries will last about 1 week depending on how often it is actually used. With the rechargeable packs, you end up saving hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the battery. Also, with the Plug-and-Play pack (like this one) you won't even have to break your stride to continue, just plug the controller into your console. Some of the other rechargeable packs have stands, which are kinda cool I guess, but when the battery dies, you have to place it on the stand and wait for it to finish. Sometimes, that takes a long time, and if you don't have a second controller, you're not going to be playing for a while. I'm an employee and core gamer, and I recommend this product to literally everyone that purchases a console or controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Charge and Play...what else is there to say?

    Posted
    kyleapple1
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    This performs the job it's advertised to do. You replace the batteries in your controller, plug the USB connector into your Xbox, and let it charge. You can use the controller while you are charging, so you don't have to worry about the controller dying on you while you scrounge your house for replacement batteries like before. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is the fact that this should have been included in the Xbox controller on shipment. If I'm paying upwards of $50 for a controller, I don't feel I should need to buy extra accessories just to keep the darn thing running. My PS4 controller certainly didn't need me to cannibalize my poor TV remote. Product works well though, and that's ultimately why customers buy things. If you want to stop poisoning the environment with cheap Chinese batteries, throw a couple of these into your cart.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Go OEM. It works!

    Posted
    simkachu
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    Pros: 1. provides 1400mah of energy, which is more than any other out there. 2. Does not change the casing or feel on the back cover of the controller.Others have that have charging bulges are distracting to me. 3. It makes the controller lighter than using alkaline or other aftermarket ones that are similar. I can measure the savings in oz. 4. Can charge through the console while the Xbox one x is on or off in full shutdown mode. 5. Good battery life with light on/off use. I have it sitting on my coffee table almost all the time on a stand. When it gets low I just plug it in. Cons: 1. Still have to charge it through micro USB. Best to charge it from the console and not some other device. Stop looking at aftermarket, buy this, and call it a day!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the cheapest but the quality is worth it

    Posted
    DowntownD
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    I was told that other brands have cheaper cost, but with the cheaper cost come cheap quality and less longevity. Moreover, I was told that exploding batteries are a possibility. So I went with Microsoft's battery. I figured it best to match battery brand to controller manufacturer in case there were compatibility issues. Early on I would receive "no connectivity" messages, and the controller would shut down. I simply pulled out the battery and reinserted the battery to be sure it was seated properly and the problem went away. the only other note to other buyers would be, "be sure you connect the wire to the controller so it is seated straight." While it will charge if the cord is slightly skewed (yellow light on cable still turns on) , I encourage people to make sure the cable is straight / plugged flush into the controller. This way you are sure to get a premium charge. Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the battery, hate the charger cable

    Posted
    miaclockman
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    As other people have mentioned, the battery has a super-long play time. I tested it and fully charged, I played Just Cause 3 for about 4.5 hours before I got the low battery message. However, the charger worked for about 2 weeks. The light would glow yellow when the battery is charging, and then turns to white when fully charged. This past week, the light stopped working altogether. In addition, unless I really push the plug into the charging port really hard, the battery won't charge. I don't understand this because the connector is a standard micro USB. I'll be contacting Best Buy to see how to get a warranty replacement. I would have given the set a "5" star rating if the charger worked properly. However, I can't fault the battery as it allows for long play times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Battery Option

    Posted
    d99b
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    This is a good buy. It is a worthwhile investment not to have to purchase replacement batteries all the time. I only wish they snapped off easily like the 360 rechargeables. That way you could switch them between controllers more easily or put them into a charger, if they come out with one. The battery compartment on the new controller is just a little bit of a pain to open. Not a big deal, but I would have thought the new controller would be sleeker and easier to use instead of harder to use and more clumsy. Still an amazing controller and battery though. I'm not displeased. The product works great overall and when you use the included cord, you don't have to remove the battery to charge it so for a lot of people that won't be a big deal. There's just not much to write about a battery so there you go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Never worked correctly

    Posted
    Hush
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    I just opened the box for the play and charge kit tonight, even though I bought it in August. I waited until the batteries that came with the controller died. Big mistake. Though the controller “rumbled” when I plugged it in, no lights came on to let me know if it was charging (amber for charging and white for fully charged). And though my Xbox showed that it was plugged in, it didn’t indicate a charge. I had a similar experience with my XBox 360 play and charge kit, but thought to myself, “Hey, you couldn’t be unlucky enough that two kits would malfunction out of the box.” Now I’m beyond the point of being able to exchange it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    Posted
    TekGen
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    It comes with a rechargeable battery and 3m (9ft) Micro USB cable. I have had issues with the batteries not holding a charge for long even when it was brand new, but such is life with rechargeable batteries. But out of the 5 kits I have had my hands on, only one of those had to be exchanged because the battery life sucked. The cable is long... but I do not think it is long enough. This really is only a problem if you choose to plug it into your xbox because you are having wireless interference issues, or the battery is dieing and you don't want to change it mid game. Most people's xbox is in the entertainment system 2m (6ft) away from the couch which doesn't leave much room for slack, cable routing, etc. The first time someone yanks on their controller (out of frustration or excitement) that is plugged in and crashes the hard drive in the xbox, I am going to be really upset... so I use an Anker 6 Port USB Charger by the couch instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent.

    Posted
    beatman
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    My old play and charge kit battery wore out and wouldn't hold a charge without being plugged in. So i bought a new one, and thank God it wasn't my controller that was messed up. It was just my old battery. So this one works perfectly, holds a charge for a long time. like probably as long as normal non rechargeable batteries. Except when they are running low, it'll give you the battery is running low warning. So you just plug in the cable that the play and charge kit comes with, (which is a nice long length btw), and charge it. And yes you can charge it even when the xbox one is off. It's a great alternative to buying a ton of batteries. It's kinda like you pay for all the batteries at one time, and it is probably a little cheaper in the long run. Great product, and it is made by Microsoft. Not a third party, so you know the maker of the xbox one approves. A+++

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    XBOX BATTER PACK REVIEW

    Posted
    Falloutfan979
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    This battery pack will save you A LOT OF MONEY!! for 20+ Dollars you going to save Hundreds of dollars in a year. It's really a smart decision buying this item rather than buying batteries every week or month. I mean it really do sucks that you have to buy batteries for the XBOX controller but this is really your best chance of saving tons of money for your controller. And the best thing about it is that it charges quickly and last so long. I only charged it for about 1 and half hours and lasted about 8-12 Hours. It is really a quality purchase and a smart investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend