Nyko Charge Block Solo Hardware Review

Nyko Charge Block Solo Hardware Review
 
 

There’s not normally much to separate yourself from the crowd when you’re a game controller charger. In this case Nyko have managed to do so by allowing their charging blocks to link together – but more on that later.

This review is for both the PS4 and Xbox one versions of the Nyko Charge Block Solo.

Each of the PS4 and Xbox One versions comes with the Nyko Charge Block Solo, along with a USB plug and a USB Cable. The PS4 version comes with a small attachment which you attach to the charging port on the PS4 which then allows it to rest on the charge block. The Xbox One charge block comes with a 1200mah battery pack and a battery cover for your controller which allows the controller to sit on the dock.

Both blocks look smart with clean lines used to give shape.

Once they are plugged in, slim LED lights on each of the front sides come on. Blinking for charging and steady for charged. The Xbox One battery comes partially charged - It took about 30 minutes to fully charge, but will obviously take longer from empty.

One of the questions I asked myself is “why would I want one of these?” Surprisingly there were a few answers.

For both PS4 and Xbox One owners, this provides an alternative to the standard charging, and provides a much better looking, and more permanent housing than just the controller sitting alone.

The big advantage though which applies to both PS4 and Xbox One charge blocks, is that when you have two controllers (and two Nyko Charge Blocks), they can link together, Obviously it’s a tidy solution, but more importantly, it allows you to charge two controllers with just the one cable and plug. For me this is the biggest advantage, and in my case I can link both the Xbox One and PS4 charge blocks together.


The above is all very positive, but there are some minor issues with both versions.

On PS4 small attachment is required which needs to be plugged into the controller before you can charge it on the block. A minor inconvenience, but an inconvenience nonetheless. I thought this accessory could get lost easily, but luckily it sits magnetically onto the block when not in use.

For Xbox One, it’s nice to have such a good looking charging block, and the included charge pack can make a great change for those of us that use rechargeables. The one issue though, is the power of the included pack is only 1,200mAh. This means that you’ll likely have to charge your controller more often than with other charging solutions.

Overall, the NYKO Charge Block Solo is a good charging solution for both PS4 and Xbox One controllers, but becomes a really good solution when you have them linked together charging two controllers.


Terry received two Nyko Charge Block Solos for review from Play Distribution.




 

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Comments Comments (14)

 
Posted by Mockstar
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 12:04 PM
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I had a charger from them but the replacement battery cover didn't fit my XBox Elite controller. Any word on if this one is Elite compatible?
 
 
 
Posted by Dodgykiwi
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 1:35 PM
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I have a double charger from them & it works pretty good came with the rechargeable battery packs.
 
 
 
Posted by Zolen
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 3:19 PM
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Wow - I thought it was just another charger ... but I like that they join, handy for the people with both !
 
 
 
Posted by MonkeyMan
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 3:39 PM
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For me I basically have one ps4 controller always plugged in charging while I use the other one, then switch then when it runs out of battery. This means there is always the charging cable out being all ugly. I would go out and buy one of these stations if you could get two of the little things to plug into the controller (but only one station) so that I didn't have to keep switching them
 
 
 
Mr_Optimistic
Posted by Mr_Optimistic
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 3:59 PM
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7 March 2017, 03:39 PM Reply to MonkeyMan
For me I basically have one ps4 controller always plugged in charging while I use the other one, then switch then when it runs out of battery. This means there is always the charging cable out being all ugly. I would go out and buy one of these stations if you could get two of the little things to plug into the controller (but only one station) so that I didn't have to keep switching them
Nyko do make additional charging adapter's I'm sure if you talk to one of the retailers they could point you in the right direction or contact the distributor and they could probably order them in.
 
 
 
teljam
Posted by teljam
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 6:32 PM
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7 March 2017, 12:04 PM Reply to Mockstar
I had a charger from them but the replacement battery cover didn't fit my XBox Elite controller. Any word on if this one is Elite compatible?
Hi - yes I can confirm this one is compatible with the elite controller. I just tried it now, and it's all good.
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 7:57 PM
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Of course he did.
 
 
 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 9:15 PM
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Good read. I like the idea but personally Im a official only accessory kind of guy.

If I had both consoles I might be more into it.
 
 
 
teljam
Posted by teljam
On Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 10:12 PM
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7 March 2017, 07:57 PM Reply to ptys
Of course he did.
Lols - I actually did. I hadn't thought that the elite might be different, turns out it wasn't
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Wednesday 8 Mar 2017 10:15 AM
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7 March 2017, 09:15 PM Reply to BlakeyNZ
Good read. I like the idea but personally Im a official only accessory kind of guy.

If I had both consoles I might be more into it.
Yeah me too mate, I've got the official dual DS4 charge block from Sony and love it.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Wednesday 8 Mar 2017 4:52 PM
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Should make a multiblock for multiple console owners, so you can charge your XB1 and PS4 controllers at the same time on the one block. Maybe they do exist?
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Wednesday 8 Mar 2017 9:08 PM
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7 March 2017, 03:39 PM Reply to MonkeyMan
For me I basically have one ps4 controller always plugged in charging while I use the other one, then switch then when it runs out of battery. This means there is always the charging cable out being all ugly. I would go out and buy one of these stations if you could get two of the little things to plug into the controller (but only one station) so that I didn't have to keep switching them
Nyko do a double set for both consoles. I personally have the ps4 one that plugs into the two USB ports on the front and lies on top of my console meaning I just sit the controller on top of the charge port and leave.
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Wednesday 8 Mar 2017 9:10 PM
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I have never found the ps4 connection for nyko annoying. They just click into the controller and stay attached. So no need to take it out unless you're using a charge cable.
 
 
 
Posted by gooseman77
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 12:17 PM
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7 March 2017, 06:32 PM Reply to teljam
Hi - yes I can confirm this one is compatible with the elite controller. I just tried it now, and it's all good.
proof or it didn't happen...

My energizer stand wasn't compatible with the elite controller so how is this different? Are there two sets of covers, one for a standard controller and one for an elite??