If you play Nintendo Switch or PlayStation then you know you require a cord near you for when your controller runs out of juice in between the game. However, if you play Xbox, it can be a little tough since those gamepads depend on AA batteries. You can simply change the set of batteries when they run out in the controller but you may be required to resync your controller to the console which can be problematic if you are in between your match. Otterbox, which is popular for protective cases, has transformed your charging problem with its seamless Power Swap Controller Batteries.
These innovative batteries are not like common rechargeable batteries. Those batteries would not be a solution to the basic problem of losing connection with the system while you switch the batteries. Otterbox, however, has come up with a cage that can be plugged in the battery compartment, and then the battery can be inserted in the cage.
How do you get a seamless swap?
Otterbox has built-in a tiny reserve in the cage. This reserve cell has power which it provides to the controller for around 30 seconds. That is when you can remove the finished batteries and add fresh batteries from the dock. The reserve will give you ample time so you do not lose your connection to the game.
The batteries have an indicator that showcases low battery so you have a heads up to be prepared to change the pack. You will not be caught off guard with a message on your screen or a controller that is not responsive. You can easily remove the batteries with one hand so you don’t even have to stop playing. You can continue playing with one hand and change the batteries with the other hand.
Power Swap Batteries
You get two batteries for $60. You can play using one battery as soon as you buy it and you can save one in the charger to use when the first battery runs out. You also get a dock that can power both batteries at the same time. There is also a USB-C cord that can be plugged onto the batteries in the controller to charge them. You get two cages in the set, one is for Xbox One gamepad and the other is for Xbox Series X|S. You do not have to think about which cage is right for your system or think about buying a replacement in case you buy an upgraded console.
You can take advantage of the Power Swap Controller Batteries even if you do not own an Xbox because Xbox gamepads can be used with both Mac and Windows desktops and mobiles as well.
The Power Swap Controller Batteries by Otterbox can be purchased from their official site on June 15th. Amazon and Microsoft are selling them as well. These new batteries are not sold as standalone products as of now but in case this product becomes popular, Otterbox could sell them as single batteries in the future.