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How to tell if PS4 controller is charging?

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To resume your game as quickly as possible is an aim many of us keep and especially if you have a PS4 gaming console and hundreds of games and virtual reality titles at your disposal. However, if you are not sure about your PS4 controller’s battery levels, then your game will be paused as your character will stop moving. To control this issue, it is of utter importance for any gamer to be able to tell if their PS4 is charging.

In this article, we will be discussing the signs of being able to recognise if your PS4 controller is charging.

How to charge your controller?

If you have a wireless PS4 controller like the DualShock 4 controllers, then you can plug in more than two controllers at the same time, and can also be charged simultaneously by plugging them into the PS4 system with a USB cable. You can charge your PS4 controller while playing a game or when the controller is at rest. Do not power off your system and make sure that the power cord is plugged in for rest mode to continue.

If you hold the PS button at the center of the controller, you can check the battery level as it will appear on the screen and will confirm that your PS4 controller is charging.

The rest mode differs from a powered-off PS4 system by operating at low power and charging the controllers as well as downloading any pending updates. Rest mode on a PS4 system can be equated with sleep mode on your computer.

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Recognising a charging controller

If the PS4 system is in rest mode and the controller is charging, the light bar on the controller will blink orange slowly.

Leave the controller for two hours to reach full charge in case the battery is completely drained, however since there is a voltage regulator in place, you can leave the controller plugged in for longer durations. The charge will be cut off when the battery is full. The slow orange pulsing light will turn off completely.

Conditions for charging a controller

To make sure that your controller’s battery is not damaged, you should follow some of the tips given below:

  • Do not charge the controller in an environment where the temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius or drops below 10 degrees Celsius.
  • Let the controller charge completely before removing the USB cable from the PS4 system. Not allowing the battery to charge adequately and placing it on charge extensively can damage the battery.
  • Avoid repeated draining of the controller battery completely.
  • To summarise, keep your PS4 system on rest mode or play a game while charging your controller. The controller will not charge if the system that it is plugged into is powered off.

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Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

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