If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do after buying a new console is rush out to buy an extra controller and something to charge the damn things on. This is usually followed by a bout of anger triggered by how much these bloody charging systems actually cost. When I got my PS4 I picked up the official Sony charging station for £27.99 as it was the only decent option at the time. Even now, thinking about how much I paid for it boils my piss!
There are some really cheap and nasty alternatives that I have tried since, most of which had USB charging cables all over the show and nothing came close to the Sony Docking Station. One of the reasons I buy these charging docks is that I hate seeing USB cables, I like everything to be neat and tidy and all the fuss kept to a minimum.
Venom has now brought out their own PS4 Twin Docking Station, which incorporates charging dongles instead of USB cables linking to the controller, allowing drop and charge functionality. It’s not quiet as fuss free as Sony’s version, but definitely the next best options, especially if you take in to consideration the price difference.
The Venom charging system looks pretty nice, but feels a bit cheaper than the official Sony alternative. It is constructed of a matt black plastic, with two illuminated charging icons on the front that will glow blue or red depending on whether or not your controller is fully charged. You can connect this to your PS4 console via a single USB cable so that your controllers can charge whilst the PS4 is in standby mode.
Like I mentioned earlier, this system includes 2 charging dongles that plug in to the charging port on the Dual Shock 4 controller. I am not entirely sure whether or not these were designed to stay on the controller whilst you play games, but I found them a little annoying due the fact they rattle slightly when you move the game-pad. Due to this, I just keep them on the charging station and clip them on when I need to charge, it’s really just a case of whatever tickles your pickle!
At the end of the day, this is the type of product where functionality is the most important aspect and in this regard it works exactly the same as the official Sony charging system. The Venom system can be picked up for £15.99 here which is over £10 cheaper than the Sony option.
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