UGO writes: "Everyone, even Sony's most hardened fans, has the same response the first time they crack open the box containing a new PlayStation 3 console: "what the hell is up with the absurdly short controller-charging USB cords?" Since both SIXAXIS and DUALSHOCK3 controllers feature built-in batteries, they need to be plugged into the powered on console in order to charge. Since the packed in cable is so short, charging while playing is not a particularly attractive option. That's where Nyko's Charge Base 2 comes in.
The Charge Base 2 is a slimmed down update of the third-party manufacturer's older-model PS3 controller charger. The new model sports just two charging bays - pared down from the previous version's four - set into a sleek-looking device which matches the PS3 well with its black-gloss-and-chrome design. Two rounded lights located on top of the unit shine red when a controller is charging and green when it is full charged (or when the associated bay is empty)."