Do you mean the batteries themselves or the actual charger? The batteries were notorious at not lasting for very long... I got maybe a good 6 months before the batteries stopped holding charge beyond 15 minutes. I understand some people got 3 months, some people got a year... and I guess you got much shorter than that (if you literally got two weeks, I would think you'd be able to return them as defective). There were replacement batteries online for $10 or less, but I didn't bother with them. I just used AAs after my kit died. I always have batteries around anyway, so in my situation it was okay.
Originally Posted by Beast of Haeven
My brother has one of those charging stations with three xbox rechargeable batteries, and he swapped them out all the time. I have no idea how long it took every battery to die, but he always has had a battery ready to go.
I'm confident they will have definitely improved this for Xbox One.
I imagine it is not shipping with a cord - there is no indication. Actually, live right now on Xbox (well, a few minutes ago) was the accessories guy for the Xbox One and he was discussing the cable to connect the controller to the console. This was positioned to be a completely separate accessory available for purchase, so it seems like it will cost you extra. What I did find interesting though is that they were saying you can plug the cable in to the console and it essentially transforms your controller into a wired controller, not dependent on charging a battery or anything. I want to see more how that will work, personally.
Originally Posted by pattyandchips
Still, overall answer to your question: It will take AA batteries unless you pay for the cable, as far as I am aware.