For all the negative press Sony has suffered through with their big black console, no one seems to have mentioned the fact that it ships with a recharge USB cord about as long as a baby's arm. Seriously. It almost looks like a joke. You either plug in your controller and keep the console running while you do something else or you plug it in and sit 3 feet from the screen because the cord is so short.
Nyko's Charge Base 2 is the answer. This thing looks like it came out of a science fiction movie. It's industrial yet slick looking, with chrome accents and aggressive red and green charge light indicators. Of course, the only thing that really matters is if it charges the controllers properly.