Can You Charge PS5 Controller With a Phone Charger?


The PS5 controller has rechargeable batteries, just like your phone. As a result, a lot of people try to connect the dots and wonder whether they are able to use their phone charger to also charge their PS5 controller. That is what we are going to answer on this page. 

Can you charge a PS5 controller with a phone charger?

Yes, you can charge a PS5 controller with a phone charger as long as you have a charger that you can plug a USB cable into & it should offer at least 5 volts of power and 1.5 amps.

We do want to go into a little bit more depth on the answer to this question. After all, there are a lot of different phone chargers out there. Some may be a little bit better than others. 

Can you charge a PS5 controller with a phone charger?

You can charge your PS5 controller with your Phone charger as long as your charger offers at least 5 volts of power (listed as V) and 1.5 amps (listed as mA or amps), and the cable should have a USB-C connector. Unfortunately for iPhone users, since the iPhone cable uses a lightning connector instead, it will not work.

It’s important to note that not all USB-C cables are made the same. There are Low-Wattage USB-C cables and higher-wattage USB-C cables. Phone charger cables are typically rated as Low-Wattage chargers, and are typically rated to support no more than 15 watts(5 volts at 3 amps) which is perfect for charging your PS5 controller with no issues, especially when plugging it into your PS5 console, as it will provide the required wattage.

If you decide to charge your Controller using your phone’s wall adapter, then you must ensure that it also provides the correct power output. As mentioned above, this would be 5 volts at 1.5 amps.

Now, in theory, you could have an amperage well in excess of 2-amps. The PS5 controller seems to draw only 1.2-amps at a time. The PS5 controller is smart, and it will only ever draw the amount of power that it needs. 

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Can You Charge PS5 Controller With a Phone Charger?

The reason why we are suggesting that you do not choose a phone charger over 2-amps at the moment is that the PS5 controller is new. The PS4 controller had some issues with phone chargers. The PS4 controllers ended up burning out if the voltage or the amps were too high. 

That being said, it is rare that you will find a phone charger that goes over 2-amps anyway. So, this probably is not going to be that much of a major problem for the vast majority of people that are reading this article. 

Will a PS5 controller charge faster with a ‘fast charger’? 

There have been some people that report that the PS5 controller could potentially become damaged with a ‘fast charger’. However, this does not seem to be the case. 

It seems that most of the people that claim that a ‘fast charger’ could damage the PS5 controller are remembering the PS4 days. Back then, plugging your Dualsense controller into a fast charger could damage the batteries. That is no longer the case. 

You can use a fast charger with the PS5 controller. On average, for every 5-minutes that the controller is plugged into the fast charger, you should be able to give 30-minutes of gameplay.  

In some cases, the fast charge may not always work. In order for the fast charge to work, the PS5 controller must ‘request’ 9-volts from the phone charger. In rare cases, it only asks for 5-volts. This is a safety measure built into the controller. 

Can you use a PS5 controller while it is plugged into a phone charger? 

Yes, your PS5 controller will still work while it is plugged into the phone charger. Although it will charge slower because, obviously, you are going to be draining the battery at the same time.  

If you are going to be using a phone charger to charge your PS5 controller, then make sure that you use a long cable. This will drastically reduce the risk of you bending anything inside of the controller.  

Do You Have to Fully Charge a PS5 Controller Before Taking it Off Charge? 

While it is advised that you do, you don’t have to. PS5 controller batteries do not suffer from the ‘memory effect’ that older rechargeable batteries would suffer from. This means that you put them on charge and take them off as much as you want. 

Final Thoughts

As long as you have a USB-C cable, then you can use any modern phone charger to charge your PS5 controller. Do bear in mind that some phone chargers will likely charge your controller faster than others. 

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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