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Keep Your Xbox Controller Charged With This Fancy Otterbox Hot Swap Battery Solution

The Otterbox Power Swap Batteries let you change your Xbox controller battery without needed to disconnect it from your console.


Xbox has required AA batteries for its controllers for a long time now, which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on who you ask. What isn't debatable is the annoyance of having to change a set mid-game, which forces you to turn off the controller and resync it. That might be an issue if you're involved in an intense online session that you can't pause, which is the exact market Otterbox is aiming for with its Power Swap Controller Battery for Xbox.

That means no resync or disconnection, which might be important to you and your play sessions. The Power Swap is $60 for an entire set, which includes two batteries and cages compatible with both old and new Xbox controllers. There's also an included dock for charging both batteries at the same time, as well as a USB-C cable to top them up while playing (which you can't do with AA batteries.)

The Power Swap fills a very specific need--and is priced accordingly--but if you can't stand having your controllers disconnect on you then this is probably the best solution thus far. It might be worth it for the cool reloading feeling you get when making the switch alone. The Power Swap Controller Battery launches on June 15 on Otterbox's website, Amazon, and more.

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