If you’re a PlayStation or Nintendo Switch player, you know that you need to keep a cord close in case your controller is uncharged in the middle of a game. If you’re an Xbox gamer, though, it’s a little more complicated – those gamepads are always based on AA batteries, so while you can easily plug in a new set when needed, you can resynchronize the controller to your console, which can be a real nuisance when you’re in the middle of a game. OtterBox, Best known for their protective cases, are now looking to make your charging experience perfect with their Power Exchange Control Batteries.
These new batteries aren’t just regular rechargeable batteries – they don’t solve the common problem of losing connection with your system while making the switch. Instead, Otterbox goes with a cage that is inserted into the battery compartment, and then each battery is inserted into it. The key to a seamless swap is the small spare cell in the cage, which holds power to the controller for about 30 seconds, which is just enough time to pull out the drained battery and replace it with a fresh one from the dock.
Each battery has a low battery indicator to get an extra head to change the package; you will not be caught hearing from a message on the screen or from a controller that is not responding. The batteries can be drained even with one hand, so you never have to stop playing.
Each $ 60 game comes with two batteries, so right out of the box you have one to play and one to keep ready in the charger. There is a dock to turn on both at the same time, although you can also insert the included USB-C cable to charge the batteries directly into the controller. Also included in the package are two cages, one for the Xbox One gamepad and one for the Xbox Series X | S, so you don’t have to worry about buying the “right” set for your system, or having to take a replacement if you decide to upgrade your console later.
Even if you don’t have an Xbox you can still take advantage of Power Exchange Battery Controllers, since Xbox gamepads are compatible with both Windows and Mac desktops and even mobiles – Otterbox has made sure the new battery doesn’t interfere with Mobile Gaming Clip it introduced back in January. And the extra space in the Company’s Carry Case should be enough to carry your extra battery and cables.
OtterBox Power Exchange Battery Controllers will be available on otterbox.com starting June 15, though you’ll also see them on microsoft.com and Amazon as well. And that’s $ 60 for the entire sector; now the batteries will not be sold alone, but it is not out of the question whether this new charging solution will work.
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