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.
Snakebyte Twin: Charge X
In a world where third-party Xbox products are increasingly built cheaper and flimsier, Snakebyte is bucking the trend with quality products that don’t break the bank.
The new Snakebyte Twin: Charge X is one such product, offering two docking ports and two 800mAh NiMH battery door packs for easy charging. The battery capacity is perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this set, which clocks in far below two modest NiMH batteries, but you’ll get a ton of convenience as a trade-off. Snakebyte does offer much larger 1500 Ni-MH “Pro” batteries as $16.99 option, though, but they’re sadly not compatible with the dock.
The docking station for two controllers with two 800 mAh batteries is available for $21.99. It’s a total steal, and a personal favorite.
Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stand
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. We highly recommend ’em.
Xbox Play and Charge Kit
Microsoft offers rechargeable batteries for Xbox One controllers, and they tend to have the longest lifespan. These rechargeable batteries come with a USB cable complete with a LED light that indicates the charge status of the battery. Draping dedicated USB cables across your playspace isn’t the most elegant solution, but the Xbox Play and Charge Kit is tried and tested, and it won’t let you down. It costs around $25.
Panasonic Eneloop Pro
If you don’t mind swapping batteries out, the Panasonic Eneloop rechargeable AA batteries just may be the best solution on this list. Eneloop batteries are Ni-MH based and, as such, should retain a charge better than typical batteries.
These AA batteries rank at 2,550mAh and can be fully recharged in around seven hours. The charging dock has a retractable cable, and while it’s more fiddly than non-Ni-MH solutions, it can prove the most cost-effective over time, retaining up to 85 percent of the batteries’ charge when not in use. For around $25 you’ll get a charger and a pack of AA batteries.
Over to you!
Do you use wireless rechargeable batteries in your Xbox One controller or do you stay wired? Let us know in the comments.
Updated June 28, 2018: These are still the best charging solutions we’ve found!