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I use regular rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries in my Xbox360 controllers, which I charge in a regular AA battery charger. Since the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit batteries are just Ni-MH batteries, just like the ones I'm using, can I use the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit cable to charge those batteries as well?

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No. I tried, never worked. ----

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I'd be careful with such experimentation, could potentially blow up your controller. –  user56 Aug 7 '11 at 22:08
@user56 I do this fairly regularly, and it doesn't affect the batteries in any way. The battery pack does not have an input circuit; only an output, so there is no way that the batteries can be incorrectly charged to cause overheating. –  Ben Aug 16 at 14:59

The charge and play kit has circuitry in the battery pack that connects to the 4 pins in the battery compartment of your controller. The power connectors that the batteries connect to in order to feed the controller don't charge the batteries.

Unless you can get the appropriate casing for your rechargeables, it won't work with the charge and play kit.

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i have a pad that uses special rechargeable batteries with usb attached , and it did not recharge them when i accedently used the cable on them. they kept being uncharged after 15minutes or so until i realized the mistake.

i have never tried normal Ni-MH batteries though so i can't be fully sure.

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Hmm I don't think those work the same way as regular rechargeable batteries, since they have that usb port. –  Jason More Dec 14 '10 at 19:36

No they can't be charged that way. I recommend using something like one of these charging stations. I purchased that one when I bought my 360 and haven't been disappointed once with it. Always charged and doubles as a holder for the controllers when not in use.

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