The main component of the Energy Pack is the, well, energy pack. It's a battery pack that fits flush into the Balance Board battery compartment, replacing the battery door. Conveniently, this battery pack puts a Balance Board sync button on the bottom of your board. A small adapter is plugged into a port on this battery pack, which runs out to the front of the Balance Board and clips into the screw holes next to the power button. This adapter serves two purposes: first, it allows the unit to be plugged in and unplugged easily fom the front of the board; and second, it displays the Energy Pack's charging status light.
The AC cord then plugs into this adapter. For a power cord
, it seems like quite the deluxe item: it has a velcro strap for easy cord-winding, and a really
bright blue light on the AC adapter part. Since the Balance Board is designed to sit directly in the middle of the room, and thus necessarily distant from walls
which would house outlets, the Energy Pack requires a long cord. The cord comes in at ten feet long, meaning you can probably
charge the Balance Board from its normal gameplay position in your room.
The only thing I can't speak about regarding this accessory is battery life
. I've been using it for a day
, and it has yet to die. Nyko promises 30 hours per charge, which sounds like plenty
. Like all rechargeable batteries, I expect that this would lose charge capacity over time, but the ability to play while charging amelioirates those issues.
$20 seems like a lot to spend on an accessory
for an accessory
, but in the long run, rechargeable batteries are always
worth it. It's a matter of personal preference whether you want to purchase a specialized unit for your Balance Board or just use rechargeable AAs, but it's certainly nice to be able to plug the Balance Board directly into the wall to charge, especially
since you can do this while playing. If you're planning to use the board every day (as every Wii Fit
owner is still planning
to do, at least), it would be a sound purchase.
Twenty bucks seem a bit steep? How about
no bucks? We just happen to be giving away a Nyko Energy Pack, as well as a Wii Fit package to which you can connect it.