The Oculus Quest 2 is one of the most anticipated VR headsets. It’s a standalone device capable of running all your favorite virtual reality games and apps without connecting to a smartphone or PC. But how long does it take to charge the Oculus Quest 2?
It should take about 2.5 hours to charge the Oculus Quest 2 fully. It has a built-in rechargeable battery, rated at six to eight hours of use. The Oculus Quest 2 can be charged via a USB-C converter or a charging dock.
In this article, I will show you the time it takes to charge a fully depleted Oculus Quest 2.
How long does it take to charge the Oculus Quest 2?
The rechargeable batteries in the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 are roughly the same size: around 3,640 mAh. A complete charge of the Oculus Quest 2 will take approximately 2-2.5 hours. You can charge it with either the included USB-C charging cable or Quest 2 charging dock.
Oculus recommends using the charger that comes with the headset. But there are other sets of Oculus Certified Charging Station Stands, like the Anker charging dock for Oculus Quest 2.
When your Quest 2 is fully charged, you should anticipate a battery life between 2-3 hours. It’s closer to 2 hours for games and 3 hours for movies or other material.
How to tell when the Oculus Quest battery is fully charged?
Once fully charged, the charging indicator changes from red to green. You can unplug the headset once the indicator turns green.
Both Quests feature several methods for checking their battery levels. The simplest method is to use the user interface: at the bottom of the home menu, there is a charging indicator that shows how much power the headset and touch controllers have.
This information is located in the lower-left corner, and each dot beneath a symbol signifies a 25% charge.
You may also check the battery status by going to the Oculus App settings.
How to fix Oculus Quest 2 Slow Charging
As previously stated, the Quest 2 will take approximately 2.5 hours to fully charge. If you find yourself in a circumstance where it takes much longer to charge than this, it may indicate a problem.
Let’s go over a few things you may attempt to get your Oculus Quest 2 charging faster.
1. Use a certified charger and make sure to connect it properly
Here are some simple things to look for to improve charging speed:
- Make sure you are only charging your headset using the charger that came with it or with a certified docking station.
- Additionally, ensure that your charger is correctly plugged in. If you’re unsure, simply disconnect the cord from your headset and power brick and reconnect them. While charging, make sure the LED light on the side of your headset is turned on. If you don’t see an orange or green light, your headset isn’t charging properly.
2. Turn off your headset when charging
According to several users on Reddit, the Quest charges far more slowly if they don’t switch the power off before charging.
To turn the headset off hold down the power button until the indicator light goes out and you hear the power down sound to ensure your device is turned off.
3. Turn off Auto Wake-up functionality
If you put the headset into sleep mode and leave the “Auto Wake-up” option turned on, the Quest will wake itself up whenever it is moved or detects something within the headset, which will undoubtedly slow down the charging.
4. Charging while playing
You can continue to use the Oculus Quest or Quest 2 while they are charging, but you may not have as much freedom of movement as you have when they are connected.
However, Oculus does not recommend charging while playing. It can cause battery fatigue and prevent the battery from performing optimally.
As a result, you should avoid charging the device while it is in use. However, if you do, you might anticipate slow charging.
What type of batteries are required for the Oculus Quest headset and controllers?
The headset includes a built-in battery that can be charged by a USB-C cable or, as previously mentioned, a docking station.
The controllers are powered by an AA battery. Because these must be replenished, it is better to get rechargeable AA batteries.
How to maximize Oculus Quest 2 battery life?
Oculus has released some advice on how to get the most out of your headset’s battery.
- When not in use, turn off the device completely rather than leaving it in sleep mode. To switch it off, press and hold the power button until the indicator light goes out and the power off signal sounds.
- Unplug your headset once it is fully charged to avoid overcharging it.
- As previously said, make sure to utilize the charger that came with your headset.
Other strategies to extend battery life include:
- Turning off WiFi while not in use by heading to Settings > Wi-Fi
- Turning down the volume
- Toggle off auto wake-up, navigate to Settings > Power > Auto Wake-Up.
Does the Elite Strap add-on include an extra battery?
If you often run out of battery on your Oculus Quest headset, I would consider the Elite Strap add-on as an extra option for extending the playing time of your Oculus Quest 2.
If you use the Elite Strap with a battery, you can use it for longer periods before plugging it into the charger.
Since your Quest 2 will use the external battery before drawing from the internal one, you can charge the elite strap battery separately halfway through your session and still get the total time from your Oculus Quest battery.
You may still monitor the total battery life and individual levels for the Elite strap battery and the internal Quest battery.
In summary, Oculus warns that the Quest 2 should be charged for at least two hours before each use, and you should make sure to turn off your headset when not in use.
Espen is the Director of PursuitMeta and has written extensively about Virtual Reality and VR Headsets for years. He is a consumer product expert and has personally tested VR Headsets for the last decade.