If you are a crazy gamer and use to spend a lot of time playing your favorite games on PlayStation, it might call for better care for the game console and its components. One of such important component is your PS4 Controller. You must ensure a long battery life for your controller by following good charging practices. And hence it becomes very essential for you to keep a track of charging your PS4 controller. This guide will make you understand the difference between when controller is charging and when it is done. It will also cover certain tricks to let you know if your PS4 controller is charging or it is fully charged.
So with no further ado, let’s get straight to the point and learn how to tell if your PS4 controller is charging or not.
Charging PS4 Controller
The PS4 controller battery charges when the controller is connected to your PS4 system via a USB cable. The system must be turned on or in rest mode. The charge level of the battery appears on-screen when you press and hold the PS button.
How to tell if PS4 Controller is charging?
In order to identify whether the controller is still charging or completely charged, you can make use of a couple of tried and tested tricks mentioned below.
1. Observe the Color of the Light Bar on your PS4 Controller
The most simple and straight way to know if your controller is charging is to observe the light bar. As and when the controller is charging, the light bar continues to blink slowly. It keeps on blinking and fades between white and orange while charging, and once your PS4 controller is fully charged, this light bar turns off when.
Thus it proves to be the easiest way to let you differentiate and tell if the controller for your PS4 is charging or not, and when it is fully charged.
2. Keep Track of the Charging Time
Another way to clarify the point is by keeping a track of the charging time. As the stipulated time is about 2 hours to get the controller charged at fullest when the battery is exhausted. Hence if you monitor that for how long you have kept it on charging, you can be able to know if it is charging or finished with the charging process.
It is recommended that you must note the time when you plug in the controller for charging and in about couple of hours, you will know it is done. You can even set a reminder or alarm on your phone in this regard.
Precautionary Measures for charging PS4 Controller
Besides the aforesaid methods you must also take into consideration some precautionary measures to ensure a long battery life of PS4 controller.
1. Maintain the prescribed Temperature
You must always keep in mind that the PS4 controller charges best when it is in the range of 50 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, i.e.; between 10 °C and 30 °C. Thus you should be paying attention to the temperature in the room and try to maintain it within the prescribed range. If it goes outside of this range, it may also affect the time taken for charging.
Moreover the battery life will heavily rely upon how you use the controller and how you keep it. If you take due care of the controllers, then your battery may last for roughly eight hours of play.
2. Ensure to keep the Controller in Rest Mode
In case you wish to charge the PS4 controller while not playing the game, you must ensure to keep the controller in rest mode. Firstly get the controller paired with the PS4 system by connecting it using a USB cable. Also make sure that the system is turned on and is in rest mode.
To put it in rest mode you need to undertake following steps:
- Navigate to the settings, and then select an option other than “Off”.
- Next go to Power Saving Settings, and then Set Features Available in Rest Mode.
- After that, click on Supply Power to USB Ports.
That’s it. Now it will make your controller to get charge in rest mode.
During the charging process you can look for the charge level of the battery and check if the controller is charging. This can be done by pressing and holding the PS button.
3. Let the Controller plugged in
You should seldom have a problem related to the battery left if you leave your controller plugged in. As the controller has a built in voltage regulator which will automatically turn off the charging once the battery is completely charged, it is pretty safe to let the controller plugged in and that way you avoid draining the battery between charges, or draining it completely.
Key points to remember:
- The charging time is about 2 hours to charge the controller when the battery is completely drained out.
- The temperature range for efficiently charging the controller 50 °F to 86 °F (i.e.; between 10 °C and 30 °C).
- You do need to let it charge completely to protect the battery. If you only charge it part of the way frequently, it will not last as long.
- Ensure to completely charge the controller as a minimum of one time a year to keep its right functioning.
- Battery life is subject to how you use the controller and the settings in which you use and store it.
- Make sure to charge the controller while your system is in rest mode, for this sake you need to select an option other than [Off] in (Settings) and take the path as;
[Settings] > [Power Save Settings] > [Set Features Available in Rest Mode] > [Supply Power to USB Ports].