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.
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?
As long as you have the following:
- A USB-C cable
- A phone charger with a USB output
Then yes, you will be able to do so. If you have a modern phone, then you will almost certainly have these. If you have a Playstation 5 Dualsense controller, then you will have the USB-C cable too. Of course, if yours is broken, you can easily buy one.
There are some people that have reported that their phone chargers don’t seem to work. However, it seems that the only people that have any complaints are the ones using phone chargers that are more than 5-6 years old. Anything modern should be fine.
Since we assuming that you already have a phone charger and the relevant cable, then your best bet is to just test it out. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. You won’t be doing any damage to your Dualsense controller if it doesn’t work. There is no risk!
The one thing that you need to remember is that not all phone chargers are built equally.
There are two numbers that you will need to pay attention to on the phone charger:
- Voltage (listed as V)
- Amperage (listed as mA or amps)
In order to guarantee that your phone charger will work, then the voltage should be at least 5V. Fast chargers will be 9V. Anything below 5V may not charge your PS5 controller. As we said before, you can always try it, but we offer no guarantees.
The amperage should be a maximum of 2000 mA or 2-amps. The amperage is the amount of power that the phone charger is able to send to the PS5 controller.
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.
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.
At the moment, there does not seem to be any indication that this would happen to the PS5 controller. However, until the PS5 controllers have been in the wild for at least a year, we do not know if they are able to draw the right amount of power that they need at the moment. Therefore, at the moment, stick to a maximum of 2-amps.
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.
However, you should bear in mind that the location of the USB-C slot on the PS5 controller can make things a little bit difficult.
Because the slot is on the bottom of the controller, you want to make sure that you are not moving the controller or charge cable around in such a way that you cause any damage to the inside of the PS5 controller.
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.
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.