The PS4 controller relies on a built-in rechargeable battery for its power. Charging the controller is a straightforward process, typically achieved through a USB cable connected to the PlayStation 4 console. As with many rechargeable devices, the battery’s efficiency and lifespan can vary based on usage and charging habits. Properly managing the charging cycles can prolong the controller’s battery life, ensuring consistent gameplay sessions without interruptions.
A typical PS4 controller takes about 2 to 3 hours to charge from a completely drained state. Several factors can influence the exact duration, including:
- Charging method: Charging the controller directly from the PS4 using a USB cable is the most common method. However, charging the controller from a wall outlet using a USB adapter might charge a bit faster, depending on the adapter’s power output.
- Controller’s age: As with many rechargeable batteries, over time and with frequent charge-discharge cycles, the battery’s capacity and efficiency can decrease. An older controller might take longer to charge or might not hold a charge as long as a newer controller.
- Background processes: If the PS4 is on and the controller is connected, it might be used in some background processes, slightly extending the charging time.
- Starting charge level: If your controller isn’t entirely drained, it won’t take as long to charge fully.
For optimal battery health, avoiding letting the controller’s battery fully deplete regularly is a good idea. Instead, charge it when it reaches a low charge before it’s empty. It’s also advisable not to keep the controller plugged in all the time after it’s fully charged.
How Long Does a PS4 Controller Take to Charge?
On average, you will need 114 minutes (around 2 hours) to charge the PS4 controller when that battery is empty. However, the standard charging temperature for PS4 controller is between 10 °C (50 °F ) and 30 °C (86 °F). So, if you are charging the controller outside this range, you will need more time to set it.
Example: Charging the DualShock 4 (DS4) Controller
1. Charging via PS4 USB Port:
- The USB ports on the PS4 provide a lower power output than some dedicated USB wall chargers. Typically, the USB ports on a PS4 deliver around 0.5A (500mA) of current.
- If you’re charging your DS4 directly from the PS4’s USB port, especially while the console is in standby mode or while you’re playing, the charging process might be slower due to the limited power output.
Result: It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to charge fully.
2. Charging via a Wall Outlet with a USB Adapter:
- Suppose you use a high-quality USB wall charger that provides a higher power output, for instance, 1A (1000mA) or 2A (2000mA). In that case, the controller can draw more current, potentially speeding up the charging process.
- Note: While the controller might accept faster charging, it will only draw as much current as its internal charging circuitry allows, so having a very high-output charger doesn’t necessarily mean it will charge in half the time.
Result: Might reduce the charging time to 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the charger’s output and the controller’s condition.
This example shows that the source of power can influence the charging speed. While the exact times can vary based on the controller’s health, the quality of the charging cable, and other factors, the charging method is essential in determining how long it takes to charge a device fully.