Forums - Gaming Discussion - Lithium VS AA in controllers?

I prefer...

AA. 19 29.23%
Lithium. 46 70.77%

I just really wanna see the poll results but lets discuss, Lithium or AA? Even if the charge time on the lithium is aas short and degrades as fast as it does on the DS4.

Is it worth swapping out rechargeable AA's for the extra time or is the lithium to convenient as solution for todays day and age even with the draw backs?

I'm a lithium man but I'd much prefer we pushed past into a universal lithium battery pack of differing sizes for devices like this to fill the roll AA once had. I hate that I have a stack of ps4 controllers and I can't use any of them for more than a half hour without a cord. 

Last edited by John2290 - on 05 April 2020


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I prefer this.

Lithium. It's nice to have an easily accessible battery compartment, but AAs suck to throw out/recycle and buy. If the Xbox controllers included a rechargeable battery pack for free, I wouldn't complain about them using AA batteries.

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My experience:

-Wavebird: AA Batteries lasted forever. I was cool with just having a wireless controller that worked.

-PS2 Logitech Wireless: same as Wavebird. It was cool.

-Xbox 360: Bought a charge and play kit. It was cool but stopped working after a few years. Went to rechargeable batteries, instead.

-Wii; Same as Xbox. Purchased a separate battery pack. Worked great. Died after a few years. I've been using rechargeable batteries ever since.

-PS3: Pretty happy with the battery on the regular controller. Console needed to be about to charge it when the system was powered down. Too many times when I wanted to play but the battery was dead.

-PS Move: I WISH there was some other option. Can't use it plugged into the console like most other consoles. 2/3 of my move controllers won't hold a charge at all. Two of which were purchased in 2017 with the PSVR.

-Wii U Game Pad: I keep it on the charger whenever not in use. Also purchased an extra power cable to play when it eventually died. Not sure if AA batteries would be better or worse.

-PS4: Internal battery is perfectly fine so far. Battery life could be better but it wouldn't make much difference.

-Xbox One: I'm cool with AA batteries. They last FOREVER. I keep a few rechargeable batteries plugged in at all times. No inconvenience. Early on, I did buy a charging kit and it instantly screwed up the controller.

-Wii/Wii U/Switch Pro controllers: All are excellent. Super long battery lives. No problems years after purchase.

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All of that previous post nonsense just to say either method is cool. I like the option to change or purchase a rechargeable swappable battery. Mainly because I worry about lithium batteries eventually failing. Happened too many times with my mobile phone and my PS Move controllers.

And yes, I have had a few rechargeable battery packs fail and even some rechargeable batteries that no longer held a charge--but they're not too expensive and AA batteries will be here 20 years from now.

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I like rechargeable battery packs. I’m not a huge fan of the battery built in. I have gone through three ds4’s this gen. I would love to be able easily switch out the batteries when they inevitably go out.

Yes. I forgot about the wii, now that is how you do it. Slip in battery packs rechargeable from the console and in the controller on purchase, if only we could get these produced for universal use and closer ro the size of a DS4 battery. Stick one of these in a TV remote or Christmas lights and you're sorted for a decade.


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Anonymous1796 said:

I prefer this.

Booo. Go way with your price gouging. This was such a pain in the wallet and a kick in the balls from MS. 


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Obviously lithium. When it's 3 in the morning, you're in a boss fight which take you ages to beat, and bam! no more batteries left. Can't happen with lithium

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Just pointing out that both types of batteries will die unexpectedly when you need them most--even when the console is supposed to warn you. Luckily, both PS4 and Xbox One support universal Micro USB cables. I keep a super long one (10 feet, I think) on standby at all times.

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