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« on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 12:31 pm »

As I mentioned on the boards, I bought this recently:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=361473037

(*Pictured one is white - I got a black one to match the Slim).

It's a little hard plastic pad about the size of a small mouse pad, and to charge the XBOX 360 controller, all you do is place the controller on top and 'rawk aray!'

I've had a chance to try it out, and it charges well, and the special batteries needed (TWO come with the mat, to replace the standard battery compartments, and you can't tell the difference) seem to hold their charge as long as the normal chargeable packs that require a cable.

When you place a controller on to one of the active parts of the pad, magnets grab it and ensure it's centered, and a very cool blue LED light that reaches around 3 sides of the mat starts flashing. When the blue light stays constant, charging has stopped.

This is SUCH a great idea because one of the NEXT best ideas is the play and charge kits, which - though saving you if your battery craps out mid-game - effectively turns your wireless controller into a wired one (you have to plug it into a front facing USB port on the XBOX. If you use this pad after each gaming session you should never run out of juice mid game, or if you find that you DO, you can have the second battery pack charging up (it can sit on the pad without the controller) and be ready for a quick swap. In less time than it takes to sort the play and charge kit out, you're back into the game and still wireless.

The price I got this for is on a par with the play and charge kit and is very reasonable. It's one of the best, most useful gadgets I've ever purchased for a gaming console
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« Reply #1 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 01:23 pm »

I've seen talk of them kinds of chargers, they've started making them for mobile phones or something
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« Reply #2 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 04:26 pm »

Yup, it'll be the next big thing, pads built into cars etc, just plonk your phone or camera or iPod etc on them
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« Reply #3 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 04:29 pm »

I do wonder how efficient it is though, must be some energy lost in the medium between - would be something interesting to research when I have time
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« Reply #4 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 07:39 pm »

I have been thinking about that.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging#Disadvantages
http://www.mpoweruk.com/chargers.htm
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« Reply #5 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 07:47 pm »

Cool, the only figure they had in there was 86% for newer stuff which isn't too bad I thought, I was expecting 40-50% or something like that
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« Reply #6 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 08:11 pm »

yeah, better than i thought too
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« Reply #7 on: Tue 29 March, 2011 - 11:31 pm »

86% is cool ... plus the things are damned handy
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