Review: Nyko Power Pack for DualShock 4

Nyko_PowerPak_packshotIf you have a PlayStation 4 then you probably love how the new DualShock 4 feels when gaming. The controller feels better with improved dual analog sticks and triggers, and is a great improvement over the DualShock 3. The only downside to the DualShock 4 is its battery life. Sony did take out a PS4 update earlier this year that allowed users to dim the controller light bar. Even with the LEDs dimmed to the lowest setting, they are still on all the time when using the controller. Setting the LEDs to its dimmest settings has helped the battery life a bit, but for long gaming sessions it still falls short. This is why Nyko created the Power Pack.

Nyko Power Pack (7)The Nyko Power Pack adds a 1,000 mAh battery on to the PS4 controller. You connect the power pack directly to the controller via the USB port. With the extended battery attached you have now doubled the gaming time of your controller! Out of the box you can charge the power pack without needing to connect it to your controller right away. After you have the power pack connected to the controller you don’t need to remove it to charge it separately. The beauty of the power pack is that you can use the standard mini-USB cable that comes with the DualShock 4 to charge the battery pack and controller at the same time.

Installing the power pack is pretty straight forward. I liked putting the controller face down, making sure the USB connection is facing out. I then take the power pack, make sure it’s flush with the controller, and then I slide the power pack towards me. The power pack connects directly to the USB port on the controller, once you hear the click the power pack is connected and you are ready to game.

After a good charge I started playing and let the controller go down to one bar of power. I then pressed the button on the power pack to activate it, and the controller was charging while I still played. The controller fully charged as I played, once the power pack was out of juice I still had a full charge on the controller and played until it was almost completely drained.

I really liked the Nyko Power Pack; it works as advertised by doubling the battery life of the DualShock 4. The design goes very well with the controller, using the same texture as the controller itself. My only worry was that the power pack would add more weight to the controller. I can report the weight change was not even noticeable, the controller felt about the same. The shape of the power pack was a small issue for me, but this may not affect everyone. I had a gel skin around the DualShock 4 and with the size of the power pack the gel skin did not fit properly anymore and I had to remove it.

PS4PowerPakDuring gameplay I didn’t have any other issues, I was able to access the L2 or R2 triggers pretty normally. However, if you over reach with you index fingers you will be touching the battery pack. During intense gameplay this may interfere with the triggers. The only other thing I would point out is that holding the controller felt a bit odd since my fingers would not wrap around the controller quite well since the power pack was kind of in the way.

Bottom line, the Nyko Power Pack is a must if you just can’t put that DualShock 4 down. The weight of the combined controller and power pack is barely noticeable. As long as you don’t overreach with for the L2 & R2 triggers the power pack should not interfere with your gaming. The Nyko Power Pack is available now for $19.99 or less, and at that price it’s a bargain.

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