With all the DualShock 4’s great features – track pad, motion sensor and built-in speaker to name a few – comes two not so great problems. The first are thumb sticks that easily wear down. But this is easily resolved by purchasing thumb grip covers for PS4. The second problem is the short battery life of a charged DualShock 4 controller.
Since the PS4’s release in November of 2014, gamers have been constantly frustrated by the controller’s ability to withstand 8-10 hours at best; around 50% of the time you’d get from the DualShock 3.
While there are a couple of ways to improve the length of each charge –reducing the brightness of the light bar and volume of the DualShock 4 speaker in the device settings will buy you an extra couple of hours – nothing is more useful than a decent charging station to cover you if a controller cuts off.
If you own two controllers, you’ll have an extra on standby and can dock the drained one straight away so it’s ready again when you need it. No messing around with wires and no need to worry about having no back up (nothing is worse than a drained controller when you’re half way through an online game).
Note: If you own more than two DualShock 4 controllers and want something that can charge up to 4 controllers at once, then check out our list of PS4 Stands or PS4 Cooling Systems. Both options not only charge up to four controllers at once but they also offer other benefits you should check out.
What is a DualShock 4 charging station?
In case you’re unsure what a charging station actually is: it’s a DualShock 4 charging dock with space to mount two controllers. It’s a must have gaming accessory for any PS4 owner.
The short battery life of the PS4’s controller makes drained batteries at inconvenient times an inevitability, and you’ll get peace of mind knowing the station has one charged and ready.
There are plenty on offer when it comes to choosing a charging station, some better than others, and there are a few great looking ones that are a good addition for those who like to keep a neat setup. If you’re still putting up with the controllers short battery life and haven’t picked up a charger already, then here’s a list of the top three DualShock charging stations to help you choose the right one.
Best Dualshock 4 charging station – Top Pick
The number one spot has to go to the POWER A DualShock 4 Charging Station – the official charging station for the PS4. Some might prefer Nyko’s design, and I was torn at first, but this has to be my personal favorite.
The POWER A stand and flat feet look elegant and make docking the controllers easy. And because it’s an official product the design matches the PS4 and DualShock 4 perfectly – a must if you like to keep a neat setup.
Another winning feature is the ability to hang up your controller without it automatically charging. This allows you to save power and keep the battery in good condition. Charging up unnecessarily can reduce the battery life over time – something you don’t want with a controller that already falls short with its endurance.
Top DualShock 4 charging station (Runner -up)
I’ve put the Nyko Charge Base in at second but it was a close call between this and the POWER A Charging Station. Nyko’s product looks great; the design is sleek and tidy, and it’s not going to take up too much room.
The minimal look also means it’ll fit nicely just about anywhere, but can still be easily concealed if you want to keep it out of the way. The Charge Base is sturdy too, and won’t fall over unexpectedly.
Another cool thing about the Nyko is the way the controllers lock into position; inserting and removing them is a breeze, which can’t be said for some cheaper models. Like Energizer’s station this comes fitted with color-changing lights to indicate the charge level and can be plugged into a main outlet.
You can pick up a Nyko Charge Base at a low price for a sound product with great design.
Another popular Charging Station for DualShock 4
One of the runner-up spots goes to PDP and Energizer’s DualShock charging station. This was one of the first third-party docks to hit the market and has received decent reviews since its launch. The device comes fitted with a glowing LED that lets you know when the controller is charged and can be plugged into a wall socket with the included AC adaptor.
Despite fulfilling its main purpose of keeping the pads charged, it has come under some scrutiny for its impractical design. The PDP is by no means a poorly made product, but it has been called flimsy by some gamers. The three footed mount looks good but is prone to falling over, meaning it’s not a great choice if you intend to sit it in a place where it might accidentally take a knock.
It’s also worth noting that at its price, it is one of the cheaper options available. Overall it’s a decent charger for the DualShock 4 that gets the job done. It’s just that its flimsy stand keeps it from being a contender for the top spot.
Choose the best charging station that fits your needs
So there you have it; three charging stations that solve the problem of the DualShock 4’s poor battery life. Though the POWER A has come out on top, the Nyko and Energizer alternatives are close contenders and well worth consideration.
If you’re someone who’s concerned with design over functionality then you might find the Energizer or Nyko is for you. Either way – if you don’t own any type of DualShock 4 charging station then don’t waste any more time in not getting one. I’d hate for you to lose that kill streak because of a drained controller and no back-up.
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