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Buyer's Guide for Nintendo Wii Controller Batteries

The Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units since its introduction in 2006. One of the many unique aspects of the system was its remote control-shaped controller, which could pick up its user's motions for use in games. Like all game controllers, the Wiimote needed some type of battery to power itself.

What kind of batteries do the Wii Remotes use?

Wii Remotes use a pair of normal AA batteries as their power source. Some included rechargeable AA's, as well. Additionally, there are rechargeable battery packs which replace the need for AA batteries altogether and can be recharged using a dedicated power source for the Wii Remotes.

Are there charging stations available for use with Wii Remotes?

Yes, there are several different types of docking stations available to aid in charging a Wii Remote. These stations have a space for anywhere from two to four Wiimotes at once, connecting into the back of a Remote through small ports on the battery pack and powered through a USB connection to the console or other compatible device. As these stations are made with the rechargeable battery power sources in mind, only Wii Remotes installed with rechargeable batteries will be able to draw power from them.

To charge a Wiimote, simply follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Plug the docking station's connection cable into a compatible USB port and then plug the other end into the station itself.
  • Step 2: Insert a Wii Remote currently using rechargeable batteries into one of the charging spaces. There should be a small clicking sound when it locks into place.
  • Step 3: Turn on the Wii console. The Wii Remote docked in a connected port will be illuminated by a red light around the base. Allow the Wiimote to charge until the lights turn from red to blue, at which point the batteries are fully charged.
Can you charge a Wii U controller with Wii chargers?

As the Wii U uses an entirely different type of controller compared to the classic Wii, they cannot be docked with a Wiimote charger. Wiimotes can, however, interface and be used to control games on the Wii U, meaning the Wiimotes and their peripherals, like docking stations, still have a use for the next generation of console.

Does the Wii Nunchuck controller need to be charged?

No, the Wii Nunchuck controller does not need any additional charging. This peripheral connects with a wired connection to the Wiimote itself, eliminating the need for another power source. This is also the case for any other Wiimote attachments, as any that connect directly to the console or the Wii Remote do not need a power source.

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