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Wii U GamePad High-Capacity Battery now available on Nintendo's Online Store for $32 U.S.
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December 21, 2013, 04:27:29
 

According to the store's description, this battery offers up to 8 hours of use and can be easily installed using a screwdriver and included instructions.

Battery Capacity: 2550mAh / 9.2 Wh (offers up to 8 hours of use, compared to 35 hours with standard Wii U GamePad Battery) Battery Voltage: 3.6V

$32 U.S.

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Posted: 12/21/13, 04:27:29  - Edited by 
 on: 12/21/13, 06:53:32    
 
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
 
Grr to money grabs.

I think I will bite since I've been playing Wii U a lot more than usual lately.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 04:36:17
Does anyone play games for 8 hour stretches?


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 05:04:21
@GameDadGrant Yes.

Not me, but I'm sure some people do. And sometimes I play over the course of many hours while doing other stuff but being too lazy to put the controller back in the charger in between.

Still, don't need this.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 05:05:31
The amount of time varies too. I don't play that long in one sitting but if you've got the gamepad screen's brightness turned up, volume up, and its displaying something other than a stationary map, you can be sure you'll see that red light crying out soon. It usually lasts me a good 2.5 hours before it needs a charge.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 05:14:14
I'd get this for half price, but I suppose if it's only selling on their online store that'll never happen. Hopefully it will be at stores.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 05:32:15
Huh, this is pretty cool actually. 30+ bucks is kind of steep, but I could see myself biting on it at a bit lower.

My problem is that I seem to have stripped my GamePad's tiny, tiny screw trying to remove it in the past. Is there any way to get into the battery case without damaging the unit now?


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 06:29:12
@TriforceBun

Hmm, that's a tough one when they are small like that. I haven't run downstairs to check out the screw you're referring to but are you able to use a slightly larger screwdriver? Sometimes that works. Sometimes using a rubber band over the screw adds enough grip. I've even tried super glue to add grip but I wouldn't do that with electronics, only wood.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 07:23:16  - Edited by 
 on: 12/21/13, 07:23:56
"PAY US LOTS OF MONEY TO INSTALL A NEW BATTERY THAT THE SYSTEM SHOULD HAVE CAME WITH WEEE!"


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 07:32:21
I have to be the only person that never hated the battery life.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 08:09:10
@GameDadGrant

This is a silly question to ask, coming from a primarily portable gamer. Longer battery life is better.

Ordered.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 09:04:08
@Pokefreak911

Nope... +1


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 09:28:59
@GameDadGrant

I think you're going about it the wrong way though. I don't own a Wii U, but I imagine I wouldn't want to have to charge it after/before each session. That would be like having to change the batteries on your remote every time you watch TV. It is an inconvenience that could have been easily remedied with a bigger battery, specially considering that the compartment inside the Gamepad is bigger than what the current battery holds.

Anyway, I hope they make this standard moving forward. Perhaps by next Christmas they'll do so just like they eventually put in Wii Motion Plus on all Wii Remotes.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 09:48:29
The Nyko extended battery is an absolute piece of shit. I might have to bite on this.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 13:45:14
I don't always remember to put the pad back in the charger, so I see the red light quite a bit.

Thing is, getting a new battery isn't going to get me to start putting it back in the charger. So really, I should try changing my behavior first before throwing money at this battery.

That said, I still think the current battery is a little screwy.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 14:10:54
+ Shipping + Tax? Blargh.


But I'll still get it.

@Hinph
Not worth it, eh? It has a bigger capacity, though, right? Oh, Nyko... (to the tune of Oh, Yoko)


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 16:58:58
@Anand

Your love will not turn me on.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 17:14:03
@Jargon
You'll never know for sure unless you try it!


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 19:05:48
@GameDadGrant
That's not the point. Use it for a few hours and it'd already weak. And there can be long YouTube usages and such as well.


So this is officisl?


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 20:30:43
@Xbob42
What does a PC come with?


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 20:31:44
@carlosrox
Yup, it's official. And apparently only sold from Nintendo's website, as of now.


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/13, 21:22:57
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