Installation and Setup
If you know how to insert AA batteries into the Wii Balance Board, then you’ll be able to install the Nyko Energy Pak. The Nyko Energy Pak is shaped like four AA batteries all glued together and a battery cover is integrated with the batteries. To install it into the Wii Balance Board, you’ll need to remove the original battery cover. Installation requires Just inserting the Energy Pak as you would the regular battery cover, lining up the tabs accordingly, and snapping it in.
All in all, it’s a perfectly snug fit and, if you don’t look too closely, you probably wouldn’t even know that there is a battery pack there and not just the regular battery cover. The AC power jack is a bit of a tell, but you still have full access to the red “sync” button and the color still matches the bottom of the Wii Balance Board.
Before you dive into another Wii Fit-fueled yoga session, you’ll want to give the Nyko Energy Pak a proper charging. The initial charge took about three hours.
Unique AC Port Relocation Adapter
The AC port relocation adapter for the Nyko Energy Pak is simultaneously the greatest and the worst component of this package. The idea is that, by using this adapter, you can connect the AC adapter without having to flip over your Wii Balance Board. The port is effectively relocated next to the power button on the Wii Balance Board.
One end is plugged into the available port on the Nyko Energy Pak and then the other end is cleverly secured in place using two of the pre-existing holes in the base of the Wii Balance Board. The fit seems snug and the AC port relocation adapter has been shaped to fit the contours of the Balance Board. Great idea, right?
As useful and functional as this adapter appears, it comes with one rather major problem. Your mileage may vary, but I found that when I had the adapter connected and installed, the Wii Balance Board became inaccurate. This is because the relocation adapter makes contact with the floor, effectively taking on some of the weight that would otherwise be taken by the weight sensors in the four corners of the Wii Balance Board.
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