Its the plague of the
21st Century Power. Fans of portable gaming have sung the battery blues
for long enough. Although the Game Boy Color gets much better mileage out of its power
cells, hardcore GBC enthusiasts still find themselves replacing batteries more often than
theyd like. Pelican Accessories arrives on the scene with a new gadget that seeks to
fix the everpresent problem of dead batteries. The Charge N Go gives you a
convenient way to keep your GBC all charged up and ready to play.
The Charge N Go
looks a lot like a portable telephone rest. The kit comes with two rechargeable nicad
batteries, a replacement battery cover for your GBC, and a base. Pop the nicads into your
GBC, slap on the nifty recharger battery cover, and set your GBC in the rest on the base
for the initial charge. About 12 hours later your unit will be all revved up for a good
10-12 hours of gameplay. After the initial charge, your batteries should juice back up in
about 8 hours.
One of the problems with using nicad batteries is the fact that they develop memory. If
you dont completely drain them before each charge, you will eventually not be able
to get a full chage on the batteries. That fact has led to the premature death of millions
of nicads. Fortunately, Pelican has included a "drain battery" function that
makes sure you always get a full charge on your batteries and extends the life of the
rechargeable nicads even further.
The exchange loop would get bogged down if you could only recharge your batteries in
the GBC. What do you do while your GBC is tied up recharging your nicads? Pelican has
thought of that, too, and provided a whole other recharge port for two AA batteries. That
way you can always have a fully charged set of batteries ready for those marathon gaming
The whole unit is very solid, simple, and convenient. It comes in the same colors as
the latest translucent GBC models, so you can find the one that perfectly matches your
unit. Theres nothing quite like picking your GBC up out of the cradle on the way out
the door in the morning, fully assured that your batteries are in tip-top shape. With a
suggested retail price of $14.99, we can't think of a better way to spend our money. Get
thee to your videogame accessory supplier.