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.
We do have a standardized lithium cell sizes.
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.
Why not buy some Nickel-Metal Hydride rechargeable AA's? Or even lithium-based AA batteries which can be recharged via their built in micro-USB port?
I have had AA last longer though. Choice is what's best.
I have high-capacity 2700Mah NiMH cells... And I will get more runtime than the PS4, WiiU or Switch controllers. When they go flat, I swap them out for a new set and get back to gaming, no crappy cables to deal with, no docking.
Plus I intend to keep my consoles for decades, it's nice to know I will still be able to use those controllers wirelessly just fine.
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.
It's not a matter of if they fail... But when. Batteries are only good for a finite amount of charge cycles.
nintendo has the right approch when it come to batteries.
Lithium, but HUGE capacity, even on the fucking joycons they last 20 hours at base, meaning even at 50% efficiency downthe line its 10 hours pf playtime, perfectly acceptable. then you have the pro controller, which sticks in an ENTIRE 3ds battery for 40 hours.
to be fair, the wii U pro controller does the same thing, but with less features at 80?! hours of battery life.
I would prefer a wiimote style aproach for staanderd size controllers though. easier to swap a new one in, even another rechargable pak.
WiiU gamepads battery life was woeful to be honest... At 3600mAh the fact it gets the battery life it does is impressive, likely a result of only having a 480P display and no real internal processing.
Last edited by Pemalite - on 05 April 2020
Wouldn't be so bad if I could say... Turn off the screen while playing on the Television though.
Nintendo's battery sizes are not "huge" either, Switch's Joycons are only 525mAh, 3DS was only 1300mAh, the Switch's internal battery is 4310mAh which is fairly capacious, but phones today are beating that by 25% or more.
I have a Breath of the Wild PowerA controller for my Switch which runs with 2x AA batteries... Yet to go flat yet.