Here are some of the factors you should consider before purchasing an Xbox One charging station:
- Dual Charging port
There are two types of charging stations in the market; those which have a single charging port and others who power two controllers simultaneously. Even if you play alone, there’s no harm in going for the latter option.
That is, because, there’s not much price difference between the single and dual charging stations, despite the fact that dual-charging docks have a bigger battery timing. It means they require less frequent recharging.
- Charging Time
Before purchasing a charging station, make sure you know the time it would take to fully charge your controller. Don’t fall for the manufacturer provided time; as they always provide the best case scenario.
Instead, dig deep and check the reviews of the device for its charging time. You might want to note that the best Xbox One charging stations take somewhere between 2 and 4 hours to fully charge your controller.
- “Lock In” Option
Believe me, there’s nothing more frustrating than having left a controller at the dock – thinking that it is being charged – only to notice after some time has passed that the controller wasn’t properly “locked in”. It means that the charging hadn’t started altogether.
To save yourself from this nuisance, invest in a controller with a “lock-in” option. Controllers which provide this option have a green light which becomes stable once you’ve properly fit in your controller.
- LED indicator and Compatibility
How would you know if/when your controller is fully charged? That’s where the LED indicator comes into play. Most charging stations these days have these indicators which stay lit once the charging is complete.
Also, most charging stations nowadays aren’t limited to powering only Xbox One controllers. Instead, you can use the same station to power Xbox Standard, Xbox S, and even Xbox Elite controllers.