Being a wireless VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2 depends on a good battery to perform well. So what can you do if you are suffering from Quest 2 slow charging?
Typically, you should expect it to take around 2.5 hours to fully charge. If you find yourself in a situation where it is taking a lot longer to charge than this, it does suggest there is a possible problem. Let's go over a few things you can try, in order to speed up charging on your Oculus Quest 2.
How To Speed Up Oculus Quest 2 Charging
Oculus offers some tips on its support page if you are having trouble with charging your Quest 2:
- First, make sure you are only charging your headset with the charger that was included in the box.
- Also, make sure that your charger is properly plugged in. If you aren't sure, you can just unplug the cable from your headset and power brick, then reconnect them.
- Check that the LED light on the side of your headset is on while charging. If you can't see an orange or green light, then your headset is not being properly charged.
- Finally, Oculus recommends that when your Quest is not in use, make sure you turn it off fully, to prolong battery life.
If you still find that charging seems to take longer than expected, there are some other things to check on.
Turn off your headset when charging
There are reports that users find their Quest charges much more slowly if they didn't turn it off before charging. Make sure your device is switched off by holding down the power button until the indicator light goes off, and you hear the power down chime. By doing this, you are preventing your headset from turning itself on, if there is any movement around where it is sitting.
Turn off Auto Wake-up functionality
While Oculus recommends shutting down your headset entirely when not in use, there may be occasions where you just want to give it a quick boost while you take a break, and decide to put it in sleep mode instead. If you leave Auto Wake-up on, then any time the Quest is moved or senses something inside the headset, it will wake itself back up, which will inevitably slow down charging.
Charging while playing
We'll mention this because it seems to be quite common. Oculus doesn't advise charging while playing. It can lead to battery fatigue and stop the battery from working to its optimum. So, you should totally avoid charging the device while it is in use. But if you do, you can expect it to charge more slowly, or possibly still deplete, if the headset is using more power than the charger can provide.
Some last-ditch options
If you've considered everything above, without success, here's what's left:
- Check the charging port isn't faulty. If you have a damaged port, this can prevent charging from working correctly. So, you can try holding the cable in and seeing if it makes a difference. If it does, you've found your issue.
- Another option, when all else has failed, is to perform a factory reset. This can flush out any potential gremlins in the system. This will delete all your games, but if nothing else has worked, it might be worth considering. A guide is available here.
- Finally, if nothing seems to be working, consider contacting Oculus support for further assistance. They can look at further options, such as repairs - especially if the Quest 2 is still within warranty.