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Reddit mentions of PowerA DualShock Charging Station for PlayStation 4
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We found 111 Reddit mentions of PowerA DualShock Charging Station for PlayStation 4. Here are the top ones.
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- Charge up to 2 DualShock 4 controllers simultaneously
- Never worry about running out of battery
- Charges your controllers through an AC adapter
- Officially licensed product
- Matches your PlayStation 4 system and DualShock 4 controllers
|Release date||November 2013|
Let's be clear though, the PowerA dock is the best one.
> PowerA DualShock 4 Controller Charging Station for PlayStation 4 by POWER A http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_sAOTub077JZSJ
This is the best one i've seen so far.
It's going to be a pain in the behind plugging in your controller to charge all the time, so I recommend the PS4 dual charging dock
The only one worth considering in my opinion is this http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
It uses the aux port on the bottom to charge, whereas most need something plugged into the usb port on top before putting them on the charger, which looks tacky.
Get one of these http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397053806&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ps4+charger
One of the best purchases I have made for my ps4. I have mine setup right next to the couch so if a controller goes dead I just reach over and grab the other one.
There also a port on the bottom for recharging, which is part of what makes this charger so great.
Get the PS4 charging dock http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
It's $17 (which isn't too bad) but you'll always have a place to put your controller when you're done playing and it'll keep them charged...you wont ever have to worry about battery life or keep the controller tethered to the system
What kind of games are you interested in? I could give you some recommendations. PS+ is a must-have for online play and is well worth it for the free games.
Here's a very highly rated and very inexpensive controller charging station on Amazon
My PS4 controllers die all the time. It's nice to be able to just plug it onto this thing. It has an AC adapter, so it doesn't plug into the playstation.
Also, about Destiny, unless he has a lot of friends that play it, you might want to hold off on it. Lots of people, myself included, felt disappointed in what the game actually turned out to be. If he has a lot of friends that play it on PS4, then it'll be fine. But if he plans on playing it solo, it gets kind of boring and repetitive pretty quickly.
This is the one that I bought around the time the console was released, and it's the best thing ever. If you'd rather pick it up at a store, I always see these at Best Buy with the rest of the PS4 accessories.
It's for the charging station. I use it so that I don't have to fiddle with plugging/unplugging the controllers. You just click them down and you're good to go, station plugs directly into the wall.
Also, it's cheap. Would highly recommend it. http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
Screw games, get one of these and a second controller!
I have this and this and I'd highly recommend them both.
None of those. Power A.
I use the Power A controller charging station and it is terrific!
have this its amazing...Look at reviews on amazon they are good
I bought this one. It is awesome.
I have something like this for all my consoles. It changed my gaming experience
The official Sony charger is not sold in america still. I got the Power A charger and it is fantastic. Could not recommend it enough. Love being able to have them docked and easily swap to another controller when one dies.
They're on sale on Amazon right now, and I know you can find them at Walmart as well.
The officially licensed power-a charger. I was skeptical at first, but it really is amazing. Cheap on Amazon
Even so, I grabbed one of these cradles to easily store/charge my controllers when not in use. But even so, I've been able to do 8 hour sessions of Assassin's Creed and inFamous and the controllers were still fine afterwards. I don't think I'd need more time than that... I do need to get up and eat every now and again.
I have and love this one.
POWER A DualShock 4 Controller Charging Station for PlayStation 4 by POWER A http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_79Rlub0ST93VB
Don't. Get this instead: http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
I have this, and as I and all the other positive reviewers can attest to; it's great. Looks good, performs well, super affordable, and is the best rated.
This ps4 charger is so worth it. I tried to do the cable thing for a while but hated it. Since it plugs in the bottom port and not the top, it's not finicky to get in. Pop it down to charge and push down to spring the controller up.
Power A Dullshock Controller Charging Station
I purchased this charger from amazon a couple months back, awesome purchase, fair price, oem look.
Having a long micro usb cable to keep a wireless controller charged is a good call (though you need to keep your system in standby if that is where you charge from)
However, i would recommend getting a second controller (some good couch co-op games this gen) and a dock like this: http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1411572210&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ds4+dock
and then just swap controllers when one dies.
There are a bunch of free-to-play games now, so you might have things to play before you start paying $60 for AAA games (I got into warframe for a while, but it is confusing to start). Also, a lot of cheaper ($10-20) indies too.
Of course i'd recommend paying the $30-$40/yr for PS+ (it should hit $30 on black friday, but you can find $40 every now and then. Normal price is $50/yr) you probably got a free one month card with your console, keep an eye out for the cheaper sales (this subreddit seems good for that) subscription stack. So if you can go until november, grab a couple for cheap then.
PS+ includes a bunch of free games every month, and further discounts on others. Of course the PS4 games are there (2 per month) but often times the vita or PS3 games might be on multiple systems and are "cross buy" or buy once play on any system. Also, go on a computer and "buy" all of the available games each month. It doesn't cost anything and sometimes a PS4 version of the game comes out later and is "free" if you had grabbed the other version when it was available. (happened recently with hotline miami.)
The camera accessory isn't necessary yet, don't worry about it.
A vita is a pretty great system on it's own, but it is really great paired with a PS4. You can remote play the system, leaving the TV open for other folks. This can work on the same network, but also from far away too (I've done it between NYC and Chicago but there was some noticeable delay, great for some games, not great for others (shooters)).
There are a bunch of great subreddits for various games (or trophy hunting, or finding PSN friends) so check those out.
Personally i'm just playing destiny now, but there is already a huge catalog of great games. Just don't listen to the nobs who complain about all the indies. They are some of my favorite games and they certainly aren't slowing down big games like Destiny, but you hear about it a lot on subs like this.
I have this one.
I like it a lot. It charges them fast and uses the LED built into the controller to let you know the charging status.
Get one of these:
It's now just a normal habit for me to click the DS4 down onto the dock to charge it after every play.
My controllers don't charge from a wall outlet but a portable charger or right from the ps4 works fine.
Other option is to purchase this dual EXT charger. It charges ps4 controllers from the bottom port. Only one I've been able to find anywhere
EXT dual port charger this is for amazon.ca so just change to your country
For DS4 charging, I definitely recommend picking up this dock and a second controller. Always have one charged, and plug it into the wall instead of taking up a USB port.
Most 120hz TV's are really 60hz displays with software that makes it look smoother. Many TV's come with a game mode that disables the software because it adds input lag. Also look out for input lag in TV's. Some brands tend to have a higher input lag but generally Sony, Samsung, LG, and Vizio are pretty good.
I'd definitely pick a 1080p display over a 720p one. Even though a few games like assassins creed unity output at 900p the ps4 will scale it up to 1080p and there is a very noticeable difference between 720p and 1080p.
If you have kids or need to be quiet at night pick up a pair of headphones. They can plug right into your controller and the games audio will go through them. If online will be your thing skip the headphones and pick up a headset. Sony's gold wireless headset is a pretty good one and should be on sale either right now or by Monday. No cooling fans will be necessary but make sure you have a spot set up that gives your ps4 enough room. If you're picking up a second controller consider picking up a charging station that plugs into an outlet. I have the nyko one and it has been great so far but I've also heard really good things about the power A one. If you're not getting a second controller don't worry about buying a dock. I don't own the PS camera or a sound bar/sorround sound system so I can't really help there.
Here's a few TV's that an input lag website recommends for gaming: http://www.displaylag.com/best-hdtvs-gaming-2014-introduction/
Power A charging dock: http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
Nyko charging dock: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLLFJ68/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687582&amp;pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=B00ENFVJJO&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=1077G5Z0Z1KEJTMSRK8D
Edit: Target has the gold wireless headset for $40. The deal is for in store only.
PowerA Charging Station - 2 controllers, not little kid friendly, as it has a spring to load/unload the controller and kids will just pull it off. If the spring is in the incorrect position, it can be difficult to put the controller on charge.
Collective Minds PSVR Stand and Charging Station - 2 controllers, 2 move controllers, and 1 USB slot for headset or PSVR AIM controller.
PlayStation Platinum Headset - Went through 2 PS Gold headsets due to weak plastic frame. Platinums feel more sturdy. Haven't used too much to test durability. Great sound, but I am not an audiophobe.
PSVR AIM Controller - Got it bundled with Firewatch. Read that it felt good in hands. I thought it felt a little awkward, but definitely easy enough to use. Just have to get used to the button layout.
AC Infinity Fans - These are 80mm fans. It comes with 2 fans in parallel that are powered over USB. I don't use my PS4's USBs, because those are taken up with other accessories, so I have it attached to my surround sound receiver. One fan pulling air from the back of the Pro, and the other directing the fan out of the shelf area. I recommend these, as I've noticed the spin up on my Pro has significantly went down.
IMO drop the vertical stand, get a second remote and then purchase this :
Also no need to get a cooling fan either, just give your PS4 room on the side and back to breathe.
Alternatively, pick up something like this. I picked up one of these a few weeks ago and love it. My controller is always charged because I just drop it on this thing when I'm done playing. It's not much more expensive than a Micro USB cable, and it's more convenient.
I've had my eye on this one and it's in my amazon wish list. I heard it's the best one out there and the reviews back it up.
POWER A DualShock 4 Controller Charging Station for PlayStation 4 by POWER A http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_bgzkub1643DP6
Once you toss in shipping, it's the same price as this beauty, which is infinitely better designed.
I know there's store pickup, but it's still worth the extra $4 to get the PowerA dock. It's amazing.
The Sony Gold Wireless Headset. It's amazing. One of the best headsets out there for the PS4. Make sure to download the companion app from the PSN Store. I believe the black set is $80. The white set still sells for $100. But watch for this item to appear on Amazon's Warehouse page. I got the whites refurbished for $85. They match my white PS4 nicely.
I use this controller charger. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENFVJJO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1 Works really well. Both of my controllers are always ready for me.
I have a broken ribbon in one of my controller as well. I just use a charger that charges from the bottom (where you plug in a headset) and it works fine. The only downside is the light at no longer works.
I have 2 of these and never had an issue. Hope you get it worked out.
Can't speak to if the PS4 is worth it with the XB1, I only have the PS4 but I am happy with the purchase overall.
Everyone here will recommend The Last of Us. The main story is a lot of fun and got a lot of positive reviews from the community and critics. I am addicted to the multi-player component; it has a bit of a learning curve but it is one of the most intense online experiences I have had personally.
Another exclusive you might try is InFAMOUS: Second Son. I had trouble getting into it because your character feels incredibly OP with little challenge. There are a few really well scripted boss battles though that will provide a decent challenge. Overall I would recommend it if you can get it on sale.
Other than games I would suggest buying a controller charging stand. The DS4 doesn't have the best battery life, ultimate frustration is that it doesn't turn itself off or into any kind of sleep mode when you are using Netflix etc. This is the one I have:
It works well, and is very compact. It feels a bit cheap but I think it would stand up to quite a bit of abuse if you are worried. I have dropped mine a few times with no problems.
Don't bother with the camera unless you plan on recording yourself gaming for youtube or something. No real support for it in terms of games.
Will edit if I think of anything else.
I have this one, and it's perfect.
Not sure what's wrong (I often use my phone charger to charge the DS4) but it might be worth investing in a charging dock like the Power A since you made a nice shelf for it all.
Get this. Much better.
Unless you need to charge while using it of course.
For a controller charging dock.
Do yourself a huge favour and pick up the Power A charging station for your second controller. Functional AND cosmetic. I love mine. You won't regret it, trust me.
It still uses a bit of power and the fans still move and push a bit of air while "resting." I shut mine down every time, it really doesn't take any longer for it to start from off than from resting as far as I can tell. It could be handy for charging the controller though. I chose to buy this charging station for $20 and I love it.
I've got [this] (http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO). It's officially licensed and I highly recommend it.
The Insignia DS4 charger from Best Buy. It's trash. It was the only one they had when I bought my PS4. I ordered the PowerA shortly after. It works a lot better.
The PowerA Charging Station
I use one of these, charges through the aux port rather micro usb
Why bother with that, it's a gamble (many people end up breaking their controllers) and spend the money on that? Get a 2nd controller when you find it on sale and a charger (DS4 Charging Station). It's what I have done since day 1, one controller goes low, it goes on the charger and I pick up the second one.
Grab a charging station like this. The DualShock has a tiny battery and the docking station makes it a little easier to deal with.
I would also recommend a pair of earbuds with a built in mic. I have a high end Turtle Beach headset, but find myself using earbuds almost exclusively because they're more convenient, and the sound quality will be equal to or better than P11.
I agree with the hard drive upgrade too. I went with a 1TB SSHD on launch day, but now that a 2TB option is available, I would seriously consider that too.
The one I use here uses an external supply. It also charges the controllers from the bottom port (not the USB port), which I find to be a little more reliable (maybe my USB cable is just bad, I dunno). Anyway, for the price its a nice charger. Keeps my spare charged up so its ready to go when I need it.
I use this and love it. Perhaps the usb port is messed up but this will work? If not, just return it.
You sure you're not confused with this one? I bought it on launch day too and it was the only stand charger they had. The box and product is very similar to official sony stand posted by the thread OP.
I would recommend picking up the cradle style Dualshock 4 charger. Its pretty convenient, especially if you have 2 controllers. I found it on Amazon for $22. I think its pretty good value. heres a link. http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
You think you don't need a charging station, until you've actually used one. It's much more convenient to simply set your controller down into a cradle, than screw around with a tiny USB plug, that always happens to be in the wrong orientation.
To the OP - this is the charging station I'm using. Had no issues with it for 6 months now:
you'll want a second controller with a stand-alone charger like this: http://amzn.com/B00ENFVJJO. battery life is super short on PS4 controller and this will help him play if he forgets to charge one controller.
second: you'll want to replace the stock headset with something affordable like this: http://amzn.com/B006PP3ZK6 headset that comes with ps4 is not good. not good at all.
third: give him subscription to PS+. it is a similar service to xbox subscription. it will allow him to play online.
sounds like your kid likes sports games. Playstation has the single best baseball game ever made called "MLB the show" keep an eye out for it. it is very very good game. even many non-sports game players play it.
Get this so you won't have to http://amzn.com/B00ENFVJJO plus it will charge 2 controllers at the same time.
If you buy another controller, get this dock. It uses the bottom connectors rather than the usual charging one, thus preventing wear and tear to those connectors. (FYI you need one to be plugged in, in order to do updates and reset, etc)
At the moment, its $45 but I got it for $14 a few months ago.
This is what I have. 13 bucks..have had it for over a year no issues what so ever.
I know it doesn't fix your problem but I picked up this dock and I love it
It just plugs into any wall outlet. Plus it looks nice enough that I can leave it on the entertainment center and not worry about hiding the controllers. You can even "rest" the controllers on top without clicking them in to charge.
Pick up a controller station it charges two controllers very quickly.
I'd recommend this charging station: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ENFVJJO?cache=88f8c88ec4fcf86fe1a514f4405b56a7&amp;pi=SX200_QL40&amp;qid=1412432923&amp;sr=8-1#ref=mp_s_a_1_1
It works surprisingly well.
Highly recommend this one. link
edit: sentence ambiguity
Playstation officially licensed charger is what I use.
The Dualshock 4 charging station connects to that port, and Sonys VR headset should be plug in there...
This is the charging station: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ENFVJJO?pc_redir=1409922744&amp;robot_redir=1
I know this is not your question, but I would recommend the PowerA charging station. You will not regret it.
As for your wall socket adapter. Anything over 1 A will work ok, I guess.
Good, thankfully it was an easy fix. If you have two controllers, you may look into the Power A Dual Charger, its a great charger and you would not have to use rest mode it just plugs into a wall and charges the controller through a different port. Have had mine 4 years now
This is it.
I use one of these with no issues.
I have this one and I really like it: https://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
Turn the speaker to low, lightbar on dim and get one of these. Zero battery problems after that.
It's the Power A one.
I have it too and have had zero issues.
Have 5 DS4's and I have 2 of these https://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO I charge them on and never had an issue thus far
Use this one. It charges using the lower port.
Folks, this charging dock is probably the best one on the market. Trust me, I got it day 1 and love it.
I highly recommend this dock as its the only official PlayStation one that I know of.
I have 5 controllers, used by myself, my wife, a 3yo, 6yo, 9yo. I've replaced most of the thumb-sticks. Never had one R2 or L2 break. They frequently fall off things and don't break. I take them apart to clean the buttons when the kids inevitably spill something sticky on them. I lost one of the L2 springs one time while taking apart and simply ordered a pack of L2 R2 buttons (5 complete pairs) with springs for like $5 on amazon. They are fairly simple to repair once you get used to opening the case, the part over the triggers SUCK.
Edit: I do however need to order new usb boards for charging/syncing. We have two ps4s and having to plug in so frequently has worn out the ports. I do recommend the PowerA charger: http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
Since new I have had this charger. Has never given me any issues with my 4 DS4's. If you only ever charged the controller with the USB port, and something between the port and the battery is fried this style charge stand may help out. I know there are issues with the charge cable getting pinched between the surface the controller is resting on and the controller itself, prying the USB port up, especially when the cable end is a bit longer than the stock charge cable.
Edit: just checked, bought it 3 years ago.
I bet there's a couple of people in that thread with broken controllers now... That sucks.
I bought this, it works perfectly and is very convenient!
I use the Gold headset w/ dongle, and a wireless keyboard with dongle.
I use this USB adapter WITHOUT the power adapter plugged in. All 4 ports work fine using just the PS4 power: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQFGH80/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I charge my controllers when not in use with this: http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=sr_1_1
On the occasions I have to charge controller/headset while playing, I just purchased a long USB cable: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&amp;cp_id=10303&amp;cs_id=1030307&amp;p_id=5139&amp;seq=1&amp;format=2
Buy a charging station. Seriously, for $20 you'll never have to fuck around with those annoying USB cables, and since it's using a different charging port (on the back of your controller), you won't see the issue you're describing.
Or spend the $15-20 on a charging station
Thing is the bomb.
Admittedly I mostly got it to use the "EXT" port on the front of my controllers.
I would recommend a charging station such as this (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_m9iOub0RVZ10S)
Not sure if your heart is set on keeping that controller charger, but if not you could pick up something like this: http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO They're affordable and it could be a more convenient setup.
Doesn't have to physically connect to the PS4, just to a wall outlet or other available USB outlet. That way you can keep your controllers on the end table or something and have your PS4's USB ports available.
If you do want to keep using that thing, nevermind and good luck.
I think it was one of their "Biogenik" ones, but here's a similar one on amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/PlayStation-4-Dual-Charging-Dock/dp/B00ENFVJJO
If it's a refurb there's a chance you might be getting first generation controllers. They're fine mechanically except that the thumbsticks were prone to wearing and then splitting and losing their rubber finish. You may want to get brand new controllers, they have a harder plastic finish on the thumbsticks instead of the rubberized plastic.
This is a really nice charging station for controllers:
I have it and it works very well. Other than that, save up for PSVR!
I second this, get one of these and don't bother with USB...
You sure you have that one not this one? https://www.amazon.com/PowerA-DualShock-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
Do your controllers face the same way or opposite directions?
I've used this one for over a year now. Great product and very highly reviewed. Also it's officially licensed by Sony.
must have games: Infamous, Killzone (because it's cheap and the graphics are amazing), Watchdogs (because the game is awesome).
Must have apps: netflix and ign
Must have accessories: the official sony DS4 controller charging. http://www.amazon.com/DualShock-Controller-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
I dont know how much you're willing to spend, but you should also eventually upgrade the hard drive in your PS4 to 1TB-2TB. it's very easy and it can cost to about $100.
also buy PS plus. you need it to play online and you get 2 free games every month from sony. It's worth your money,
> Q: is the adaptor universal? or can be use in 110 thru 220v?
> A: Not universal but can be used in 110 true 220v in my country(turkey) we use 220v and i do not have any problem about that. Great product, you should buy it.
From the amazon.com page.
I use a charging dock and two controllers. I love the dock I got, it's $30 on Amazon.
PowerA DualShock 4 Controller Charging Station for PlayStation 4 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Zpioxb6GFEQHX
You're talking about this?
Do NOT buy the Biogenik PS4 Elite Charging Station. I bought it because I couldn't find the official sony charger. It sucks! Putting the controller on it is a real pain in the ass. You have to put the controller upside down and align the socket to the plug that sticks out, but the cradle is useless and doesn't guide you at all. So the plug is never aligned properly and won't fit in. Buy the official one or this one
Get a charger that plugs into a wall socket. Here’s an example
PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station for PlayStation 4 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENFVJJO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_cQxtDbWDHKQAZ
I assume you are referring to this PowerA one?
If so, it's a great product. Have had mine for years with no issues. Would definitely recommend, especially for how cheap and convenient it is.
This is the charging station I use, but there are others that also charge from the bottom.
Is it this one?
Thanks. I looked at one similar to that. I don't like ones that use the microusb port for charging the DS4. Micro USB jacks are so flaky and weak. I much prefer the charging station that uses the aux jack thing instead. https://www.amazon.com/PowerA-DualShock-Charging-Station-PlayStation-4/dp/B00ENFVJJO
OK... Cables should have no impact, as they are passive. Perhaps it is the micro USB port on the controllers. They can wear out or be damaged. Try a solution that charges from the bottom next to the headphone jack. Power A makes an officially supported dock that is fairly inexpensive. This is what I use.
Other than that I am out of suggestions.
I use this one. I've had it for a couple years, no issues. Good rating per amazon.
That's the charging station that I use and it works perfectly. I keep right next to my console, it charges the controllers through the bottom ports. It'll require a separate outlet, but you'll no longer need a USB cable on hand.
Its disgusting how people do this all the time. My friend never charges his controllers and are always low. Like, motherfucker, use the ps4 charge stand when you're not using them!
I bought the ps4 charge stand after seeing his and always put it back on when I'm done playing. Easy, no hassle. Never have to worry about it running out of juice.
My reply is certainly going to reak of "sony apologist/asshole". That is not my intention.
Your biggest problem with the DS4 is the battery life, and even though you play it 3 hours a day (based on your post) you can't be bothered to do something extremely easy to fix it? Charging the controller is easy to do man, just plug the thing in...how hard is that? It takes you less time to plug the controller in than it does for the PS4 to turn on!
In all seriousness I do agree with you on finding plugging things into the stupid cables every single time you touch them to be annoying. You know those memes about "I plugged in the usb cable...and it was facing the right way on the first try....winning!" That is a real thing. But why? Back in the day the only device commonly found in the house that was used every day that had a rechargeable battery was our home phone. These always had a desktop cradle charger. Can you imagine a cordless phone where you had to charge it by plugging it with a cord all the time? And let's not forget how shitty those nicad batteries were...I kid you not, there are people who made their fortune on selling those stupid things in a retail store, having to be replaced every 6 weeks, people buying the wrong ones, or heaven forbid if you had the audacity to not follow the impossible charge/discharge practices they recommended.
Thankfully, battery technology really improved, but unfortunately the GOOD thing about that era (the cradle charger) went the way of the dinosaur and for some reason (profit) companies stopped including them.
The cradle charger suddenly became a "premium" ie: overpriced accessory. I remember the last cellphone I purchased that came with a cradle charger. This was over 10 years ago, in the era before phones even had color screens.
What I'm trying to say here is a cradle charger is the way to go, and there are multiple options for PS4. Here are just a few:
This is the one I personally have. It works great! I have 3 controllers, and it comes with 2 of the little attachments that go on the controller to charge it. Nyko sent me another 2 for free when I asked them.
This is another very popular one, it is very commonly recommended on reddit. It doesn't require any adapters to be connected to the DS4 since it uses the extension port to charge.
There are other options, but most of the other options work by the charger physically plugging in to the micro-usb port on the top of the controller and hanging from it, which seems problematic to me. The 1990's style cradle is where it's at! The Nyko one is the closest thing to that style. And no, the little adapters that let it dock do NOT interfere with the operation at all, it's very small and you don't even know it is connected. Because everyone asks this (completely unnecessarily, as every lithium ion based charger behaves this way) yes, it will automatically stop charging the controller when the battery is fully charged.
There's even another style that connects directly to the PS4, if you are wanting to keep the controllers near the PS4 itself. Although personally, I think it makes much more sense for the controllers to be stored where they are used...ya know, on the couch. But I literally have not touched my PS4 since I purchased it, since I am (obviously) one of those people who only buy digital games, because damn, why should I have to swap a disc just because I want to play a different game?
Why did I post all of this, especially with the assholery beginning? Because so many people just love to complain about every little thing they don't like, when there are a multitude of products available to make all their woes go away. Even if the DS4 had 24 hours of battery life, if they wanted to not buy a charger for it, they'd still be messing with that stupid USB charging cord eventually...which is a crime against humanity.
Spent $20, and you can be a smug asshole who is much happier in life, thanks to having one less usb cord to have to plug in.
(PS: If your phone supports wireless charging, buy a few of those chargers for your cellphone...and if it doesn't, make sure your next cellphone does!) The only time I plug my phone into ANYTHING is when I flash a new rom to it. Charging is as simple as setting it down on the charger, it synchronizes data (such as music/pictures) over wifi, and earphones are bluetooth. They call it a wireless phone...right?
Modern consumer electronics used without wires...will make you a happier person. Your thinning hair will grow back, your penis will become longer, your belly fat will get smaller, you will get a promotion at work without even asking for it, your children will do their chores without complaining, your mortgage company will approve your refinance, and you will get the bonus onion ring every time you purchase french fries.
Comcast will still give you shitty service...but hey, this new way of life can't work miracles or anything.
I've had this guy since launch. It's awesome.
Not only does it charge 2 controllers at once, but it also plugs into the wall - so doesn't use any USB ports on the console.
Heres the PowerA for ~$12 less
Ya. This is what I am talking about. Love mine.