How long on average does your controller battery pack last?

#1 Posted by ElNeebre (96 posts) -

Mines seems to go to minimum power after about 3-4 hours after a full charge, I'm thinking I might need to get another battery and play and charge kit.

Or is this normal?

#2 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

Battery Packs (or any device that require a Battery, like Laptops and Phones) eventually deminish with subsequent charges.

I had some Battery Packs for my Xbox 360 wireless but now I use a wired controller.

#3 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

i just put rechargable batteries in. i got a good set of 2900mAh duracells and they last for weeks.

#4 Posted by Captain_Insano (1547 posts) -

I just use rechargeable batteries. They seem to last a fair while and I always have the previous recharged set on standby for when they die.

#5 Posted by ElNeebre (96 posts) -

@zyn: Thing is, mines isn't even that old. Even when I first got it, I noticed it couldn't hold a charge for very long.

#6 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

@ElNeebre said:

@zyn: Thing is, mines isn't even that old. Even when I first got it, I noticed it couldn't hold a charge for very long.

maybe it was faulty.

#7 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

@ElNeebre said:

@zyn: Thing is, mines isn't even that old. Even when I first got it, I noticed it couldn't hold a charge for very long.

I've gone through three of the things. First was fine for a good few years, second and third seemed to barely last a few hours and now need to be permanently connected. I'm done spending money on them.

Either use rechargeable batteries or get a wired controller.

#8 Posted by Reuben (622 posts) -

I don't charge mine very often, it's fairly new though, about 6-10months old. My PS3 controllers are pretty good at keeping a charge too, played the heck out of Dark Souls for days and days and only had to charge it a few times throughout.

#9 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

Rechargeable Xbox batteries? The kind that comes with the Play-and-Charge kit? Mine (3 of them) lost the capacity to hold a charge for more than 30 minutes in less than half a year. Terrible.

Comparable, my PS3 dualshock (bought when PS3 dualshocks were released) still holds a significant charge (atleast 5+ hours, I'd guess - though... don't keep track of when I do charge very well).

As a result, I'm using standard batteries in my xbox controllers now, and that seems to work really well. If I used my xbox more, I'd probably get some rechargeable ones. Not going back to the play-and-charge battery packs though.

#10 Posted by Enigma777 (6076 posts) -

I've had two Play-n-charge packs for a little over 2 years and I switch em out about once every two weeks or so. And I play almost daily.

#11 Posted by mak_wikus (537 posts) -

@Bell_End said:

i just put rechargable batteries in. i got a good set of 2900mAh duracells and they last for weeks.

#12 Posted by believer258 (11987 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

@ElNeebre said:

@zyn: Thing is, mines isn't even that old. Even when I first got it, I noticed it couldn't hold a charge for very long.

I've gone through three of the things. First was fine for a good few years, second and third seemed to barely last a few hours and now need to be permanently connected. I'm done spending money on them.

Either use rechargeable batteries or get a wired controller.

This is my story. I've bought three of them. The first one, right after Christmas of '07, actually worked quite well for a while. Then my Xbox red-ringed in mid 2008 and it got sent off, the controller sat there for a week, and when the Xbox came back the battery pack only lasted for an hour or so. And every subsequent one that I've bought - for different controllers even - didn't last for very long.

So I just stopped buying them and now I only use either batteries or I plug the charger into them, or I use my wired controller.

#13 Posted by dbene (59 posts) -

I am on the rechargeable bandwagon as well. IMO, that is much better than they charge and play style kit.

#14 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2695 posts) -

I've had mine for roughly four years and it still holds about an 8 hour charge.

#15 Posted by drag (1223 posts) -

I got some rechargeable AA batteries as well, those enloop ones that are supposed to keep their charge for ages and etc etc. Had them for a while now and that seems to be holding true so far.

#16 Posted by Rattle618 (1463 posts) -

Forever, I use the magic of wires to connect my controller.

#17 Posted by AgnosticJesus (544 posts) -

I'm lucky to get 1-1.5 hours on a full charge with my current battery packs. They're about about 1.5 years old.

#18 Posted by kindgineer (2767 posts) -

I use the Eneloop re-chargable batteries I saw on Tested.com once, best decision I ever made regarding batteries. After writing that, I realized you're talking about the rechargeable packs and not how long your batteries last on your controller :P

Get Eneloop!

#19 Posted by stinky (1549 posts) -

got tired of it going out, use it wired now.

#20 Posted by Mike76x (558 posts) -

@ElNeebre: I've only had one Xbox charge and play kit and the battery life sucked.

I use Duracell rechargeable batteries for everything now. They (Duracell) cost around 3x more than the regular batteries initially, but mine have lasted over 5 years now.

I wont use wired controllers anymore, because my son once static shocked my Xbox playing Guitar Hero 2. Killed the guitar and almost gave me a heart attack when the console reset.

#21 Edited by JoyfullOFrockets (1177 posts) -

My play and charge is completely fucked. I plug in for charge, sits on red for a few seconds, goes green. Disconnect, goes empty.

Not only that, my power button needs to be pressed 2-3 times before it turns off the system properly.

#22 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -

I had two of the MS rechargeable packs and would use one while the other charged. The first one I got started to get shorter and shorter life and eventually wouldn't charge at all. Back then, I played for at least a couple hours every day so I got a ton of life out of it. The second one is still going strong and it can hold a charge for at least a couple weeks with normal playing.

#23 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

I've been using my battery pack for years, and I only recently found out that its power capacity has indeed become less. But since that's to be expected after so many years, I'm okay with it. It sounds like yours had a problem coming out of the factory. Getting a recharge cable might work: it allows you to play while the pack's recharging.

#24 Edited by Canteu (2821 posts) -

I have mine constantly plugged into play and charge, so I wouldn't know. Probably not very long at this point.

@JoyfullOFrockets: The system is supposed to do that. If you leave it for a few seconds it will eventually turn itself off.

#25 Posted by johnny961 (53 posts) -

I use energizer rechargable batteries & usually get between 30-35 hours per charge around 200 times until they need replaced.

#26 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

I bought a wired controller. Works on my PC and never runs out. Why there's such a fuss about wireless is beyond me, it's not like you're going to be miles away from the console.

#27 Posted by deerokus (559 posts) -

The play and charge kits are terrible. Rechargable AAs all the way.

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