Charge Your Xbox 360 Controller the Smart Way
Recharging an Xbox 360 controller is totally different than charging a PS3 controller. An Xbox 360 controller, unlike the PS3 controller, has many removable battery options. If you choose, you can run your Xbox 360 controller off disposable AA batteries. However, buying new batteries and disposing of the old batteries* gets tiresome quickly.
Chances are that you have bitten the bullet on an Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Pack and are now looking for tips on charging your Xbox 360 controller with the RBP.
Inside the Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Pack
To figure out the proper way to charge your Xbox 360 controller, you gotta know what kind of batteries are inside it. And once again we have a little visual aid to show you exactly that. The answer: two Sanyo NiMH AA batteries.
Charging an Xbox 360 Controller the NiMH Way
No, NiMH doesn’t have anything to do with Mrs. Frisby and talking rats; it stands for nickel metal hydride. And as the kind folks at Battery University can attest, NiMH batteries do suffer from a memory effect and are best used in nearly-full recharge cycles. Avoid recharging your Xbox 360 controller after every use. Instead, run the battery pack down to about 20% charge and then give it a good full charge before using it again.
* Your neighborhood Radio Shack will recycle old batteries for you free. Cheers to the Shack.