If you are considering buying one Wii accessory, one of the safest bets would be to invest your money on a Wii charge dock, also called Wii charge stations. Thanks to these great pieces of technology, you will say goodbye to the friendly AAs and welcome a rechargeable battery that will last you for a long time.
One of the cons of owning a Wii, is that it comes with a controller lacking of a rechargeable battery. This is something that was well though-out by the creators of the PS3, where you just need to connect the controller to the console via USB to let it charge. Well, but thanks to Wii accessory manufacturers we can enjoy a similar functionality that will not only keep our controllers always charged but also protected and in order.
Right now you can find different Wii charge docks, they pretty much work the same and only differ in the amount of controllers they can charge at the same time. The most popular docks are dual to charge two controllers at the same time, but you can find quad docking stations if you usually play with your whole family or a group of friends.
The time a rechargeable battery last is the same a common AA lasts, but they are not the same, and a charging unit will prove to be invaluable over time. The time it takes to fully charge the empty battery of a single controller is around 1.5 – 2 hours. Now with more controllers you dock it will multiply because it will keep using the same amount f electricity. So, if you put two empty controllers, the time it will take to fully charge a battery will be of 3-4 hours approximately.
With this in mind, I would say that a Wii charge dock is a must-have accessory for gamers who play a lot. Not only will it help you save money on batteries over time, but it will keep your controllers well placed and protected from accidents.