Are Meta Quest 2 Controllers Rechargeable? (Solved!)
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Meta Quest 2 controllers are a unique and innovative way to play Virtual Reality. But are the Quest 2 Controllers rechargeable?
Meta Quest 2 controllers cannot be charged directly, although they can be used with rechargeable batteries. The controllers are powered by disposable AA batteries, which may be replaced when they run out or recharged using an external charger. You can also use a compatible docking station to charge the controllers.
In this article, I will explore if the Meta Quest 2 controllers can be recharged and how you do it.
Are Meta Quest 2 Controllers Rechargeable?
Meta Quest 2 controllers are not rechargeable by default. There is no default charging cord, charging dock, or rechargeable battery system.
The controllers are powered by a single disposable AA battery in each of the controllers. So the first thing you need to do is to replace the disposable batteries with rechargeable AA batteries.
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How to change batteries on the Meta Quest 2 Controllers
The Meta Quest 2 Controllers come with one AA battery in each controller. They appear to lack replaceable battery compartments, although they do.
If you look closely, you’ll notice a small eject icon on the plastic of each grip, roughly opposite side from the trigger button area. That’s the cover for the battery chamber.
To change the batteries, first, remove the cover on one side of the controller by gently pushing away from yourself using your thumb or thumbs. Then take out the AA batteries, replace them with new ones, and put the cover back on.
Once the batteries have been changed, you are ready to go.
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How to Charge the Meta Quest 2 Controller Battery
To charge the Meta Quest 2 controllers you have two options. Either charge the rechargeable batteries in an external AA battery charger or use a compatible docking station like the Anker Charging Dock.
1. Use an external AA Charger to charge your Meta Quest 2 controllers
After you’ve changed the included alkaline batteries with rechargeable ones, you’ll need to use a compatible battery charger to charge those batteries when they run out of power.
Most chargers should be compatible with any brand of the rechargeable battery of the appropriate type and size. While AA and AAA are the most frequent sizes supported, some chargers suit other sizes such as C or D.
I recommend checking the product description for a complete list of compatible sizes. Others may charge as many as 16 or even 40 batteries at the same time.
For most consumers looking for a simple and dependable charger, the Energizer Recharge Pro will suffice. It comes with two AA batteries and is simple to operate.
2. Use the Anker Charging Dock to charge your Meta Quest 2 controllers
The Anker Charging Dock for Meta Quest converts non-rechargeable Meta Quest controllers into rechargeable controllers. The dock is manufactured by Anker, but it is a fully licensed Oculus product that makes charging your headset and controllers a breeze.
When you buy the Anker Charging Dock you will replace the controller’s battery covers, allowing the rechargeable batteries to be charged constantly while docked.
These covers look exactly like the original covers, however, they feature electrical contacts to help with charging.
To use the Anker Charging Dock, simply remove the original cover and batteries and replace them with the docking station’s batteries and cover. Then place the controllers in the charging cradles whenever you’re not using your Quest.
How Long do Meta Quest 2 Controllers last?
Meta (previously Oculus) stated that they made the controllers on the Quest 2 much more efficient compared to the Oculus Rift S which lasted in my experience between 5 and 10 hours of playtime.
With the Quest 2, on the other hand, the battery life is seriously impressive. Depending on the amount of time used each week, for a normal user playing 5-10 hours a week, you can expect the controllers to last up to three months.
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My Anker Charging Dock Is Not Charging the Quest 2 controllers?
The answer to whether or not the Meta Quest 2 controllers are rechargeable is yes. The controllers are powered by disposable AA batteries but you can buy rechargeable AA batteries and an external charger to recharge the batteries.
A pro tip is to buy two pairs of batteries so that you can keep playing when charging the other pair.
You can also choose to purchase a compatible docking station to charge the controllers directly.
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.