Wii Ultra Wireless Sensor Bar
Great on USB power
Bought this a few years ago and I HATED it. Needed a replacement when my cat chewed up my original one. There were no wired ones in stock in the area so I settled for this. Battery life was horrible and I found myself wasting AA batteries in multiples of four in roughly 3 hours of play. Ended up getting another wired one off a friend who's wii broke. Put this one in a box during a move and forgot it. Just found it today, and I'm sick of using the wired one with the needlessly long wire while my Wii, and Wii U are right next to my TV. Being an amateur Electronics hobbyist, I opened it up, stripped the red and black wires that were connected to the battery terminals. I then did the same with a spare USB cable I had, twisted the red and black wires together, and held the connection together with some hot glue, and put some electrical tape around it. Did a little modification to the casing so that the USB cable comes out of where the batteries used to go, and bingo. I can now plug this into a USB port on my TV and it works like a charm, with less wire clutter. Highly recommended if you don't mind doing a little surgery on it....or if you don't mind wasting batteries left and right.
Great desing but battery life sucks!
This is a very good design for a sensor bar. It has the capability of picking up the signal from a long ranged distance. It has a timer so that you can choose for how long the sensor bar should stay on, you have the choice of allowing it to stay on for 1 or 2 hours. Appart from this feature it also allow for you to widen the range, so you can make it like a standard sensor bar or make it reach a wider area. The only problems would have to be the battery clip for the sensor bar and its battery life. The battery life on this sensor is not at all extensive, sometimes i dont use my wii for about 2 weeks and it normally runs out after like 3 times i play for about 2hrs, I recommend to have rechargeable batteries to use this product. The clip is also hard to take out easily making it bound to breaking. Overall the function of this sensor bar is of very good quality but, its power consumption is too much.
Nice to have, but not quite intuitive
The sensor bar is a very nice thing. The batter life is about as good as could be expected out of a wireless sensor bar, but what bugged me for a while is the sensor bar turning off less than 10 seconds after turning it on. However, looking through the instructions again, I noticed that you NEED to press the button on the left to choose 1-hour or 2-hour auto-turnoff for the sensor bar to turn on; even though it looks like it, it doesn't automatically choose one when it turns on, which is what threw me off. This is in no way explained in the instructions, but after figuring this out, using the sensor bar became much easier.
Overall this is pretty good. The long range feature is nice, especially if you have a big TV and don't want your eyes to explode because you were too close. Even in close range it works better than the standard bar, which is why I bought it in the first place. It does go through batteries quick (for me either 4 or 8 a week depending on how much I played) so get a pack of rechargeables (might as well get some for your remotes too if you don't have a charge station of any sort.) One thing tho, don't use it for everything. If you only use it for games where you need precision, you will run through alot less batteries than if you use it for Netflix and Check Mii Out Channel. That kind of stuff really only needs the standard bar. The battery clip requires a little effort to open but it isn't "EXTREMELY HARD" as I keep seeing, and I've never , met anyone who's clip has broke. Overall a good buy.
I really want to rate this 10 stars but I just can't. I purchased this product in May to replace my original one I purchased in March that was knocked off my tv and stepped on :o( As far as usage and performance goes, it's awesome. You can set it for 1 or 2 hour usage which for me is perfect b/c it keeps me from having to be on my wii for so long. I use rechargeable batteries which isn't a problem for me w/ battery usage b/c I always charge my batteries after every use. My problem with this product began yesterday when I went to put in batteries to use it and play Michael Jackson The Experience. It would not turn on. I also put in brand new Energizer batteries from a pack that was unopened and still no power. I refuse to believe after 4 months of owning this product it has simply "burned out" but apparently that's what has seemed to happen. I am as of now awaiting an email from Power A which is the manufacturer of the product for a solution b/c it's past Game Stops 30 day period to take it back or exchange it. Like I said earlier, if you're looking for extra range for any type of games like Just Dance or Michael Jackson, it's perfect but if Power A tells me this is a common problem, I advise you not to waste your $20 :o(
Battery Clip breaks and battery life bad
A great idea, the wireless sensor is smart looking and sleek and looks better than the wired sensor and with no wires to worry about who could ask for anything more right? Wrong, I also have experienced the dreaded battery clip breakage while trying to change batteries again. The back panel to access the batteries is extremely difficult to remove it feels like you are going to break it while trying to remove it, it almost needs to be pried off. While the wide range setting and the 1 and 2 hour settings are great features, the fact that it burns thru batteries so quickly that one would think that this product was produced with everyready and duracell rubbing their hands together drooling over the amount of batteries they would be able to sell. When this bit of information was menitioned at one of your stores, the response from the gamer behind the counter was "yeah we know it goes thru batteries rather fast so you mightr want to invest in re-chargeable batteries, but we don't sell them here". Great idea but bad product, would not recommend this.
Great...once hacked - AC - Battery Mod
I didn't think much of this bar at first, due to 4 brand new batteries being drained in 1 week. HOWEVER...........open this bad boy up and you see a red and black wire attach to the battery dock. Find an old cell phone charger and take USB end off and you have your positive and negitive wires. Splice those to your red and black wires on the Wii sensor bar for instant AC plug modification. This is WELL worth the price.
The cable from the sensor bar that came packaged with the wii snapped in half, so I replaced it with the ultra wireless one. Its about twice as long and can adjust its peripheral from standard to wide range. And since it is wireless, I do not have to worry about the cable breaking. The bad part is that is requires 4-AA batteries. But there is a red dot that blinks when the battery is low. Also the sensor bar automatically shuts off when it is idle. The design is very smooth and curved. It conveniently slides under my HDTv and is very dependable. On the other hand, batteries should have come included with the package. Overall, it is a great product. The wireless feature eliminates the tangle of wires and allows you to reposition the sensor anywhere on your television.
Great but can drain battery.
This Wireless Sensor Bar is great for the big rooms but can drain battery but since it drains it in about 14 hours of use for me any way i bought some rechargable batterys made by duracell it can last about 48 hours. but those type of batterys i use will run about $21 for batterys with a charger and $14 for a pack of 4 extras thease batterys realy pay its self off for the wii and can be used over and over again.
Battery Clips broke first use
BDA Wireless Ultra Sensor Bar Review - This was a Christmas present for the kids, along with their Wii. When I went to install the batteries for our first use, one of the clip/springs was broken and thus made the bar totally useless. I have since reviewed this item on multiple sites and found others with the same issue. We will be returning this product and will be seeking a different brand as a replacement. The wireless made me nervous also, I saw some reviews where the complaints were on how much it ate up the batteries, but I couldn't get the first use out of it and cannot comment directly to it, but be cautious in your thinking if you are looking to purchase this product. It does have a nice sleek design and would have worked great with our larger TV in the family room.