Disclaimer: Sample product was receieved by the manufacturer for review purposes.
If it’s not my phone dying, it’s my Xbox One headset. If it’s not my headset, it’s my controller batteries. The controller problem became so much of a nuisance that I decided to buy a bulk pack of batteries from Amazon. I mean, it’s easier to grab a pack of 24 batteries for the meantime, right?
Of course, you could always buy the official Xbox One branded rechargeable kit. Most of the time you can find it for around $24.99. But, you are still left with the problem of having one battery to rule them all.
The Fosmon Xbox One Dual Charging Station provides a nice solution for a modest price. The set includes the charging station, sync cord, and two 1000mAh NiMH batteries. However, one thing that you will not find included is a power adapter. Even though this was a mild setback, with the number of accessories/phone chargers I had laying around, it was easy to find a solution.
There really isn’t much to the pack. The docking station is lightly designed. This leaves open the possibility of plugging the dock into one of your available Xbox One USB ports for charging a controller while not in use. The battery packs were mildly easy to install. It did take a little force and a “pop” to get them to fit snugly into the back of the Xbox One controller. However, once in, the design is flush, light, and ready to rock.
The batteries included with Fosmon station are impressive. I currently have the Nyko Data Bank sitting on my Xbox One. For those who don’t know, the Nyko accessory provides a bay for you to add storage to your Xbox One with a standard hard drive. In doing so, the top of your console and USB ports start to become a little crowded. Instead, I chose a quick charger power adapter intended for an Android phone as my power source.
During the time I used the Fosmon station I had given the controller a full charge. It was surprising to see that the controller could “….provide up to 30-33 hours of play time.” And, after playing with them in for about a week and a half, this stand mostly true. It’s really tough to tell how many hours you were pumping in, especially considering the times the controller powers off during Netflix or Mixer viewing. But, there was never a time where I found myself constantly needing or worrying about a recharge.
The best value the Fosmon set provides is that, for roughly the same price of the Xbox One branded play and charge kit, you can grab two batteries and a charging station, letting you play instead of waiting for a charge.
I didn’t really find any issues with the Fosmon Dual Charging Station. Some might find that the lack of a power adapter may be troublesome. You might have to sacrifice your phone’s power adapter for a full charge. Even in that case, having both the batteries charged won’t have you doing that trick again for a while.
The Fosmon Xbox One Dual Charging Station is a great value with great battery length, and something I’d recommend for the constant Amazon or Costco purchases of battery packs. It’s light, easy to dock, and worth the small investment.