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Best Wireless Game Controllers in 2019 For Mobile Games

Mobile games have been very rampant nowadays and I think you would not see anyone not playing one. The portability of mobile phones paved the way to the popularity of mobile games. With a smartphone, you can carry a game with you and play anytime of the day even while resting.

Of course, playing Xbox or PS at home with physical controllers is more immersive than just tapping a phone screen. Thanks to best wireless game controllers, you can now experience immersive gaming even with just a mobile phone, anytime and anywhere. Join me to explore the top game controllers for smartphones. This is not in particular order.

best wireless game controllers

 

 

1. SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller

Product Name:  SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac

Weight:  8.5 ounces or 240 grams

Wireless Connectivity:  Bluetooth 4.1

Battery Life :  Up to 40 hours of gaming

Compatibility :  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, Apple TV

Warranty :  One year limited warranty (North America only) + Amazon 30-days return policy

Category :  Game controller

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller is a game controller apparently designed for Apple devices since the charging port is a lightning one which is an Apple’s trademark. This controller is equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery that can last up to 40 hours of continuous gaming with just a single charge.
SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac

PRODUCT FEATURES

If you look at the SteelSeries Nimbus, you would think it is just a standard controller with buttons and 2 joysticks, with layout similar to PS controller except that the A, B, X, Y buttons looks like in an Xbox. The buttons are pressure-sensitive which allows better gaming control so you do not have to apply force on the buttons when you are carried away in the game.

40 hours of continuous gaming with just a single charge is really impressive. Sometimes when you are in the middle of the game, you would not want to be stopped because of empty battery, so this is just perfect for hardcore gaming.

Color-coded action buttons also provides easy recognition during the middle of a game so you would not miss any hits.

SteelSeries Nimbus comes with a free companion app that keeps a controller up-to-date. With this controller, you can control an Apple TV and play hundreds of games with it.

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PRODUCT UNBOXING

SteelSeries Nimbus comes in a premium-looking box with only the controller inside. There is no included lightning cable for charging since this is made for Apple devices, which you usually have charger cables at home. In addition, the manufacturer may intentionally omit the cable to make it more price competitive. The buttons and control keys are located as you would see them in a standard game controller.

 

PLUS :

  • Premium-built body
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Pressure-sensitive buttons
  • Easy to hold and play
  • Comes with free companion app
  • Compatible with multiple Apple devices

 

DRAWBACKS:

  • A bit pricey
  • Not for Android phone

 

2. GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller

Product Name:   GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller for Android Smartphone Tablet VR PC TV BOX – PS3

Weight:  0.42lbs or 190 grams

Wireless Connectivity:  Bluetooth 4.0

Battery life :  Up to 18 hours of gaming

Compatibility :  Android devices, Windows PC, PS3, Steam OS, smart TV, Samsung Gear VR.

Warranty :  30-day return policy and 12-month warranty

Category :  Game controller

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

GameSir G3s Bluetooth wireless controller is a multi-platform game controller which supports Android devices, Windows PC, smart TV, PlayStation 3, including Samsung Gear VR. It is equipped with 600mAh rechargeable battery which can last for 18 hours of gaming.
GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller for Android Smartphone Tablet VR PC TV BOX - PS3

PRODUCT FEATURES

GameSir G3s similar with the SteelSeries resembles a combined PS and Xbox controller. The only difference with the former, is that GameSir has added separate 4 buttons on the front for select, turbo, start, and clear functions for easy recognition when playing games so you do not have to memorize which of the other buttons function same as these buttons.

Except for iOS devices(Apple), this controller can support most operating platforms including SteamOS and PS3, which makes it compatible with most devices and PCs. If you are not fan of Apple devices, this controller is perfect for gaming experience. On the other hand, as mentioned by the manufacturer, GameSir G3s can be used for iOS device but the performance is not stable and it is outside their warranty.

The joysticks can be positioned in 360 degrees. With 0.5 degree anti-interference you do not have to worry about uncontrolled movement during the game, which usually tends to become drastic when got carried away with the game scene. The controller is also equipped with vibration motors for immersive gaming experience and LED-designed A, B, X, Y buttons which makes them to stand-out for easy recognition.

One of the best features of this game controller is the TURBO button which when press with a specified button, it functions as auto-fire for continuous firing the target.

GameSir G3s is equipped with 600mAh battery which can last for 18 hours which is 50% lower than the SteelSeries battery life. This is maybe because of the LED lights being used in the buttons which consumes also some power unlike in SteelSeries which are not LED.

The manufacturer is also generous enough to include a bracket to hold a phone, a USB dongle as wireless adapter, USB cable for wired connection, and a charging cable considering its price.

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PRODUCT UNBOXING

GameSir G3s comes with a nice standard packaging box. Inside the box you will find a user manual, micro-USB to micro-USB cable, a charging cable, a bracket or phone holder, a wireless USB adapter, and the game controller. The controller is lighter than compared with the SteelSeries Nimbus because of its design with the prominent PS and Xbox buttons layout on the front and on its sides. You will find the standard A, B, X, Y buttons, the 2 joysticks, the D-pad, the trigger buttons, and the menu button.

 

PLUS :

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Compatible with most devices
  • Multi-platform and multi-working modes
  • With anti-interference feature
  • Has Turbo auto-fire feature
  • Equipped with vibration motors for immersive gaming
  • LED-designed buttons

 

DRAWBACKS:

  • Lesser battery life
  • Not compatible with iOS devices

 

3. Meilulan Mobile Controller

Product Name:  Mobile Controller with Portable Charger Cooling Fan, PUBG Fortnite Game Controller

Weight:  8 ounces or 226 grams

Wireless Connectivity:  Not Applicable

Battery life :  Phone battery + 2000mAh

Compatibility : All smartphones with 4.5 ~6.5 inches in length

Warranty : Amazon 30-day return policy

Category : Game controller

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Meilulan mobile controller with portable charger is a unique controller which is designed for smartphones only. It is equipped with a cooling fan and a powerbank which I think is really cool. This controller is really made for shooting games including PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Rules of Survival, and many more. It is compatible with most smartphones with length of 4.5 to 6.5 in length.

Mobile Controller with Portable Charger Cooling Fan, PUBG Fortnite Game Controller

PRODUCT FEATURES

First off, this game controller can be used for most smartphones whether it is iPhone or Android. That is because this is a mechanical-structured controller unlike the SteelSeries and GameSir which requires pairing. Moreover, it supports most shooting games which are not supported by the previous 2 wireless controllers.

Another unique feature of this mobile game controller is the attached cooling fan which is used to dissipate heat during long time gaming which is a common phenomenon for smartphones. Not to mention the fact that when you run out of battery, you can charge it to the built-in powerbank while playing which makes the phone’s battery hotter. I think the manufacturer has deeply considered this idea of adding a cooling fan which is a good one.

Unlike playing with fingers by tapping the screen which usually tends to lag, the mechanical buttons provides a more sensitive, more precise and more controlled games which allows you to play with 4 fingers.

The controller does not need power for itself except for the cooling fan which requires standard 2AA batteries that are included during purchase so you do not have to worry about battery empty.

Of course, a phone’s battery life is another story but with its built-in 2000mAh battery pack, you can always be sure of continuous gaming. Just be sure to turn ON the fan when you connect a phone to the powerbank while playing.

This game controller is neither wireless nor wired but it is worth adding to the top 5 best game controllers.

CLICK HERE for the price details.

 

PRODUCT UNBOXING

The package comes with a storage bag, a micro-USB, rubber pads for the mechanical buttons, and the game controller. As eminent as it is, you will notice the cooling fan at the center of the controller with turn ON/OFF switch at the back. The mechanical claws or buttons are also adjustable and holds the phone in place.

 

PLUS :

  • Compatible with Android and iOS phones
  • Equipped with a powerbank for phone’s extra power
  • No need to charge since mechanical
  • Simple and Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Designed for Shooting games

 

DRAWBACK:

  • Not compatible for other games

 

4. BEBONCOOL Wireless Android Controller

Product Name: BEBONCOOL Wireless Android Controller with Retractable Telescopic for Android Phone/Tablet Gamepad Controller

Weight:  8 ounces or 226 grams

Wireless Connectivity:  Bluetooth 2.0 and later versions

Battery life :  Up to 10 hours of gaming

Compatibility :  All smartphones and tablets with 5.5 ~8.6 inches length

Warranty :  3 years warranty

Category : Game controller

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

BEBONCOOL wireless Android controller is designed for bigger Android smartphones and tablets with length of 5.5 to 8.6 inches. Just like Meilulan mobile controller, this controller is made for shooting games such as Fortnite or Rules of Survival and equipped with 380 mAh lithium battery which provides 10 hours of battery life.
BEBONCOOL Wireless Android Controller with Retractable Telescopic for Android Phone/Tablet Gamepad Controller

PRODUCT FEATURES

BEBONCOOL Android game controller is a uniquely designed game controller with a single joystick, a D-pad, and trigger buttons which can be assigned functions you prefer such as aiming, moving sprinting, and shooting so you can assure a win in the game. The holder is adjustable up to 8.6 inches which can cater even a tablet.

It supports all most shooting games through the app Octopus and compatible with Android HID. The controller also comes with a companion app BEBONCOOL GAMEPAD where you can access 300 games with 145 of them as free.

The controller is equipped with a mere 380mAh battery but it can last up to 10 hours continuous gaming because of intelligent sleep mode and auto-off function when no activity for 5 minutes. The battery is protected from over current to prevent the device from overheating.

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PRODUCT UNBOXING

BEBENCOOL Android game controller comes with a charging cable and a carry bag. If you see this controller you would surely notice its design. The controllers are only on one side. There is only one joystick and one set of triggers with a D-pad aligned on the left side. The controller’s body is retractable to fit specified phone length.

 

PLUS :

  • Compatible with latest smartphones and tablets
  • Designed for shooting games
  • Comes with a companion app
  • Auto-OFF function

 

DRAWBACKS :

  • Shorter battery life
  • Not compatible with iOS phones

 

5. Bounabay Wee Wireless Telescopic Bluetooth Controller

Product Name:  Bounabay Wireless Telescopic Bluetooth Controller Gamepad for Android

Weight:  4.8 ounces or 136 grams

Wireless Connectivity:  Bluetooth 4.0

Battery life :  Up to 80 hours of gaming

Compatibility :  All smartphones with 3.5 ~6.3 inches length

Warranty :  12-month warranty

Category :  Game controller

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Bounabay Wireless Telescopic Bluetooth Controller gamepad is made for smaller and bigger Android phones. This is the lightest and has the longest battery life among the top 5 game controllers and equipped with Bluetooth 4.0. It supports majority of big games and simulator games.
Bounabay Wireless Telescopic Bluetooth Controller gamepad

PRODUCT FEATURES

Although this controller does not support shooting games like Fortnite, it is compatible with most Android big games such as Minecraft, Terraria, NBA, and many more.

With its game controller remapper tool that comes with the controller upon purchase, you can unlock almost any games and play them with controllers on an Android phone without rooting or needing a PC to install the games. Just plug the USB tool and in 10 seconds, you are set to go.

This controller resembles the PSP controller with PS buttons layout. It has a Flymapping feature which allows you to customize the settings of each button to suit a convenient way of playing games. The buttons are in N-layout to provide tighter grip and reduces button interference. There are 14 buttons available to cater all games’ required movements.

ABXY buttons are made to withstand 5 million clicks and the joysticks can sustain a million rotations without being damaged. Durable materials are used to provide users the optimum gaming experience. Aside from this, this game controller is backed up by 12-month warranty period.

With only 300mAh battery, Bounabay Wee game controller can last up to 80 hours. The secret to this long battery life is the Bluetooth ultra-low technology that is equipped on this device.

The game pad is retractable to fit smaller phones of 3.5 inches in length up to bigger phones of 6.3 inches in length. When retracted, the device is just small and with its 136 grams of weight, it is perfect to be carried in any travel.

CLICK HERE for the price details.

 

PRODUCT UNBOXING

Bounabay’s Wee wireless Bluetooth controller comes in a cutely-designed small package. Inside the box, is the controller and underneath is another box for its accessories. Included accessories in the package are the USB remapper tool, a USB charging cable, 2 silicone pads, and a pouch for the controller.

The controller looks small when retracted about the size of a palm, but when stretched, it can house a bigger phone. You will notice the shiny metal plate that holds the controller together when you retract it out and serves as the phone holder. As with the first 2 game controllers, you will also notice the prominent buttons and joysticks.

 

PLUS :

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Ergonomic design button’s layout
  • Long lasting battery up to 80 hours
  • Durable and good quality
  • Design for most big games
  • Comes with USB remapper tool
  • Wider phone compatibility range
  • Customizable buttons setting

 

DRAWBACKS:

  • Not compatible with iOS devices
  • Not for shooting games

 

CONCLUSION

There you are, the top 5 best wireless game controllers for mobile phones. All of them have advantages over others. It just boils down on which game controller is compatible with your phone. If you are an Apple fan, SteelSeries Nimbus would be the option for you.

For Android phone users, I would recommend the Bounabay’s Wee because of its long lasting battery, durability, and portability. GameSir G3s would also be a good choice except that it has a lesser battery life.

Meilulan and BEBONCOOL game controllers that are uniquely-designed controllers are also worth trying out for.

If you think, there are other game controllers that should be in the top 5 or you want to share your experience about these products, you can leave a comment below.

Dan Sicat

7 Comments

  1. That’s a very comprehensive review and I’m glad that I found it in time. I’ve actually not imagined having a controller to play games on my mobile phone. I guess one would have to be very close to the phone in order to see everything clearly. I’m currently searching for a controller for my laptop while I came across your review and I find it very interesting. From the info I’ve gotten here, I can start with your number 2 and I hope I can take your word for it. 

    • Hi DerrAd! Thanks for your interest in this post. If you play mobile games often you would realize how convenient having a physical controller than just tapping your phone screen which sometimes tends to lag. GameSir G3s is one of the famous brands and it is perfect for Windows PC and Android devices. I assumed your laptop is running on Windows OS. So no problem for compatibility.

  2. What a cool invention! I used to play a few games on my smartphone, which was fun, but these game controllers would have made it a lot more fun, that’s for sure! The GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller and the Meilulan Mobile Controller are my favorite ones, expecially the second one because of its cooling fan and powerbank. As soon as I start playing mobile games, I will buy one of these cool game controllers. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for sharing Ruya! Having a mobile game controller would certainly make gaming more fun just like playing an Xbox or PS at home. It makes the game more immersive especially the GameSir G3s which has vibration motors. Melilulan is a cool idea by the manufacturer, I just wish cooling method without the fan or a small one. Anyways it is a great invention!

  3. This is great article with the best gaming controllers for smartphones. Out of all the gaming controllers listed out, I personally like the Meilulan Mobile Controller. The reason why I like this is because it is designed only for smartphones. It has a cooler which can keep my phone from getting heated up. The price is affordable for me. I play a lot of PUBG so this is definitely the one for me.

    Thank you so much for the rundown of these controllers.

    • Hi Sujandar! Thanks for sharing insights about these game controllers. Actually all of the game controllers are compatible with smartphones. Meilulan is a nice choice especially when it comes to affordability and is designed for shooting games such as PUBG or Fortnite.

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