A fairly common routine most users have with their devices is using them during the day and then leaving them to charge overnight, allowing them to wake up to a fully charged device. However, can this be done with the Oculus Quest 2? Let’s take a look at what Oculus has to say about this.
Can I Charge my Oculus Quest 2 Overnight?
According to Oculus, it’s not recommended to leave your Oculus Quest charging overnight, this is because leaving your headset charging after it’s fully charged can degrade your battery’s performance over time, thus reducing its overall capacity.
So ideally, you’d want to unplug your Oculus after it’s fully charged; this way you maintain optimal battery health resulting in a longer-lasting battery capacity.
You can check your device’s battery status via the app or while wearing the headset. First, let’s start with how to view the battery status via the mobile app. Simply open the Oculus app on your phone, on the menu tab, navigate to “Devices”, and tap on the headset and controller icon to view your device’s current battery status.
Alternatively, you can check your device’s current battery status on your Oculus headset by selecting the quick settings menu on the home page. The status of your headset and controllers should then be displayed on the top right corner of the screen.
Does the Oculus Quest 2 support fast charging?
The Oculus Quest 2 has a limit to how much power it can draw; that number is 9 Watts. Even if your charger exceeds that, the most your Oculus would draw is 9 watts. The charging cap ensures proper battery health and safety.
So when looking for a replacement charger, go with one that max’s out at 10 watts, such as the Quest’s original charger, which is a 5V, 2A.
So how long does the Oculus Quest 2 take to charge?
According to Oculus, your Oculus Quest 2 headset should take anywhere between 2 to 2.5 hours to fully charge.
And since there is a cap to how much power your device will draw, this is the fastest your headset will charge.
Extending your Oculus Quest’s battery life
There’s nothing worse than being immersed in the world of VR then realizing you have 5% battery left. That can definitely ruin the experience, so if you’re looking into extending your battery life, there is one main method that gets you an instant 1.5 to 2 hours of additional battery life, and that’s by getting the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap with battery.
Now, this is quite pricey, but is it worth it? Well, it all comes down to how often you use your device. If you notice that you’re constantly running low and you have to stop what you’re doing just to charge your device, then this might be a great option for you.
However, if you notice that you still have some battery left after using your device, then it may not be worth it for your use case.
Can you use Oculus Quest 2 while it’s charging?
You can use the Oculus Quest while it’s charging. However, you may notice that your device won’t charge with certain GPU-intensive games and may even lose battery while playing even when plugged into the charger. This happens when your usage over exceeds your device’s charging capability. The main thing you’ll want to ensure is that your device doesn’t overheat when playing while plugged in as this may cause issues with your device. You can read more about this in our guide.
Can you charge the Oculus Quest 2 with a Phone Charger?
As long as your phone charger allows for 5V and has a USB-C connector, then you can safely use your phone charger with your Oculus Quest 2.
Here’s what you need to know about how the Oculus Quest draws power from your charger. The Quest has a 9W cap as the maximum amount of power it can draw, so even when using a charger with a higher wattage, the Oculus will only draw 9w. However, you will need to ensure that the charger allows for a 5v minimum; using a charger that isn’t strong enough to charge your device may overheat and, in turn, cause your device to overheat.
Why is my Oculus Quest 2 Battery Dying so Fast
When it comes to your Oculus’s battery life draining rapidly, there are two things you’ll need to look at.
Firstly Is the quick drain occurring while using the headset or when the device is not in use?
If you notice that your Oculus Quest is draining fairly quickly while playing, then there are two main reasons for this. The first is that the game you may be playing requires additional processing power to run and thus consumes additional power. Alternatively your device’s rapid battery drain may be a result of a degraded battery capacity. It’s common for a device’s battery to degrade over time with heavy usage. So if you’re noticing that your battery capacity may not be the same as when you first purchased your device, then your battery capacity may have slightly degraded.
To extend your gameplay experience, you have two options. Either play with your Oculus Quest while keeping the charger plugged in or purchase Oculus’s Elite Strap with Battery. As mentioned above, this adds an additional 1.5 to 2 hours of battery life. However, the downside is that it’s quite pricey.
Now, if you notice that your Oculus Quest’s battery drains when not in use, then in most cases, the Auto wake feature may be causing the issue. Th Auto-wake feature is designed to put your device on standby mode when not in use, reducing battery consumption, and then instantly turning back on when it suspects you’re wearing your headset. In some cases, simply moving your device may trigger your headset to “wake up,” thus causing your device’s battery to be drained when not in use.
Here’s how to turn off Auto-wake:
- On your device, select “Settings”
- Select “Device”
- Select “Power”
- And now toggle off “Auto Wake Headset”
And that’s it auto-wake should now be turned off.