We all want to keep our PS4 controllers fully charged for a long time. But can overcharging PS4 controllers damage them?
I wondered this myself so I did some research and was able to find out some helpful information for you all.
Overcharging can cut down the lifespan of your PS4 controller batteries. However, they don’t damage the Controller itself. The PS4 lithium-ion battery stops charging when it reaches 100% so it cannot be overcharged.
In this article i will discuss how long it takes to charge a PS4 controller, if it is safe to charge your controller and game, and how to tell if your controller is fully charged and much more.
Read on to find out!
To know more about how to charge PS4 controllers without burning out the battery please watch the video below
How Long Does It Take to Charge A PS4 Controller?
It takes 2 hours for your PS4 controller batteries to be fully charged on average. However, it only takes this long when your battery doesn’t have any charge. If you using your controller as it is charging it will take around 2.5 hours as the battery is being used whilst it is on.
Gamers strongly wonder if it’s okay to charge PS4 batteries while in use. We all want them to last as long as possible. Plus switching batteries can be a hassle, but if you want to know how to do so and fix many other problems with your PS4 controller check my post here.
Sometimes, your battery may take too long to charge. In most cases, that is due to its lifespan. If you notice your PS4 Controller isn’t full after 3 hours, you should replace your battery.
You can buy a replacement battery here from Amazon and you need a pair of electronic repair tweezers that can repair many electronics which you can buy from Amazon here. It feels good being a handyman/woman right?
How To Replace Your PS4 Controllers Battery
- Use a mini Phillips Screwdriver to remove the four screws at the back of your PS4 controller. You can purchase a deluxe set of 9 different precision Philips screwdrivers from Amazon here
- Use your tweezers from earlier inside the line of the controller to pull it up from the button. Start from one side at the bottom of the seam and then move to the other. Do not start in the middle
- A single ribbon should attach the frame to the motherboard so just pull it straight up, be very careful as you need to put it back later
- Use your tweezers to detach the battery cables from the controller’s motherboard, via carefully rocking them back and forth like a baby until they are loosed and come apart
- Attack the new battery by putting the battery back into the port you just removed the old battery
- Attach the ribbon back to the controllers’ motherboard
- Connect both sides of the controller’s shell together
- Replace the four screws back into the frame and screw them back in place
Is It Safe to Charge and Use My PS4 Controller While Gaming?
There’s nothing wrong with using your PS4 Controller while you have it plugged in. It’s safe to charge and use your PS4 Controller. However, it can cause a drop in your battery’s lifespan and make it longer to charge, but It will take years before your battery’s lifespan drops.
Some say that they were designed for “charge and play.” However, I don’t entirely agree with this since it has a little way of shortening a battery’s life span.
Most people who believe they were designed to follow the “charge and play” principle got the idea from the Xbox 360’s “charge and play” kit.
When you aren’t using your controllers, ensure that you are charging them. Doing that will reduce the number of times you need to plug them in when playing a video game.
However, if your battery drops in while you’re in that gaming mood, you can charge while playing for a few hours,
How to Tell If Your PS4 Controller Is Fully Charged?
Press and hold the PS button to see if the PS4 has three bars showing full controller charge. While the system is in rest mode, the light bar slowly blinks orange. When charging is complete, the light bar turns off.
The various colors of the light bar can be very tricky. Before you’re able to figure out the meaning of each, it may take longer than usual. However, it doesn’t have to be so challenging. Here’s a PlayStation guide that can help your way around the light bar displays. The typical light bar displays include:
Different PS4 Controller Light Colors
- Blue on the start
- Solid white
- Blinking orange – Rest mode
- No light bar color – Full Battery
Do PS4 Controller Batteries Die?
PS4 controller batteries are capable of dying. They are made out of lithium-ion batteries. Research shows that lithium-ion cells don’t last forever. Just like every other battery, they are capable of running down. Sometimes, they get so bad that they need to be replaced
If you’re looking for a scientific explanation for this, I will give it to you. PS4 controller batteries can die because of two reasons:
- High temperatures
- High charge level
“The latter tells you why I’m not in full support of the “charge and play” feature. However, don’t get me wrong. You can use the PS4 Controller while it’s plugged into the console. My major worry comes in when you charge it “only” when you use them. Please try plugging your PS4 Controller in when you’re not using them as well.”
Can I replace my PS4 Controller Batteries?
You can replace your PS4 Controller batteries but the battery is internal so the controller must be opened up with a screwdriver and manually replaced, in doing so your void Sonys warranty.
If you’re a D.I.Y. expert, you can go ahead to make those replacements you yearn for now and then. For more helpful information on how to replace them, check out this video from L.O.G. for a stepwise approach to making a battery replacement.
Many people have faced great challenges while trying to replace their PS4 Controller batteries. Videos go a long way in showing you the steps to take. However, many of us may find it difficult to dismantle our controllers.
Honestly I tried to replace my Dualshock 4’s L3 button and ended up destroying my controller! So be careful when you open up your controller, most shops will not help you to fix it and recommend you buy another controller.
You can always for professional help or any friend who knows how to remember electronics, PS4 controller still cost around $65 on Amazon so they are not cheap and you should try to replace them before spending all that cash on a new one!