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It’s strange to think that we live in a world where we’re constantly surrounded by technology, but most of the time, we don’t really comprehend how it all works. At least the majority of us. Despite this, there is still a chance that we could become familiar with the fundamentals of our devices. After all, we have reached a stage when the common person can understand all of this and even more thanks to the proliferation of the internet.
For instance, in the gaming sector, where some components and devices can carry a hefty price tag, it is sometimes more cost-effective to roll up one’s sleeves and figure things out on one’s own. This is where online discussion forums and blogs come in handy for us.
To get things started, let’s point out that there are several distinct approaches to charging your PS4 controller. If there is no battery in the controller, then it will take two hours to charge it to full capacity.
In order to get the most out of the battery life of your PlayStation 4 controller, it is a good idea to make sure that you let the battery die completely and then fully charge it.
The DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 comes equipped with a micro-USB connector that is compatible with any micro-USB to 2.0/3.0 USB cable. This allows you to connect the controller to virtually any other device, including laptops, desktop computers, and even wall chargers. Despite this, this does not necessarily guarantee that every charger will be compatible.
There should not be any unfavourable effects caused by connecting a PlayStation 4 controller to a personal computer (PC), Apple laptop, or Mac computer. However, I would advise you to stay away from utilising rapid chargers whenever possible.
The reason for this is that in order for these fast chargers to achieve their purpose of providing a faster charge to mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops, they will need a greater voltage. This higher voltage has the potential to harm or even destroy your PlayStation 4 controller.
The power requirement for the PS4 controller to function properly is 5V 800ma, and the controller can accommodate this amount. The amperage is the amount of energy that is being carried over a specific amount of time, and the ma rating is the equivalent of the amperage. This metric should not cause too much concern because the controller is designed to just draw the 800ma that is necessary for it to function properly.
This is evident due to the fact that the output of the PS4 console is 900ma, yet the controller only consumes what it needs to charge itself. On the other hand, the voltage is something that you need to be careful of so that it does not go above 5V. Because voltage is a representation of the amount of power that is being pushed by the source, exceeding the limit that the device is designed to withstand might cause damage to the device in the form of burning it.
What does this whole thing even mean? That your controller will be able to be charged without any problems so long as the charger you use does not produce a voltage that is higher than 5V. The good news is that most chargers for Android phones, including those made by Samsung, should be able to function properly as long as their specifications fall within that range.
However, keep in mind that being on the lower end could also be bad, since older versions of wall chargers offer lower-than-average voltage. This is something that you should keep in mind. Therefore, if you use one of these chargers while also connected to the PS4 and playing games, you run the chance of consuming the same amount of energy as is being used to charge the controller, which will cause the battery to degrade more quickly than it would normally.
There are a broad number of scenarios in which you might find it necessary to charge your controller in a manner that does not include the wire. It’s possible that you misplaced the cable, or maybe you just need it for something else. Perhaps you don’t like it. It is hardly the most practical thing in the world to have a lot of cables sitting about, and that is not even taking into account the fact that the cable that comes with the console is typically rather short to begin with.
And, well, as we’ve mentioned before, depending on phone chargers to power your controller is something that could potentially be harmful to it, so you should look into other options. Investing in a charging station is a smart move if you want to avoid the risk of damaging your PlayStation 4 controller by accidentally plugging it into an improperly functioning charger.
Although these are available from a number of different vendors and may be purchased for a price that is not prohibitively expensive, my recommendation is that you use the one that is offered by Sony.
Charging stations are a fantastic method to charge your controller, and because they are designed specifically for the task of charging your Dualshock, you won’t need to be concerned about compatibility difficulties or damaging your expensive controllers if you use one of these stations.
Furthermore, charging stations are not the only alternative available. Another method for recharging your PlayStation 4 controller is to use a battery pack. They have their own charging systems, so if you ever find yourself in a situation where you require one of them, you can simply grab one of those bad boys and continue playing without having to switch controllers. You can also simply attach them to your DualShock 4 while you are playing in order to give yourself a little bit more power.
Because their primary function is to provide you with the assurance that you won’t get the dreaded notification that reads “You need to charge your controller” in the middle of a ranked match, they are designed to be as lightweight as possible. This is because their primary goal is to give you peace of mind while you play.
Right now, we’re dealing with situations that fall under the category of “Danger.” However, there is no need to freak out at this time. If the light bar on the controller flashes in a pattern that gradually changes from amber to white, this indicates that the controller is being charged. The indicator bar will go dark once the charge has been completely transferred.
It’s possible that the charging cord itself is the source of the problem if your PS4 controller won’t charge. Make an effort to charge your DualShock 4 using a different USB cable that is compatible with the device. If you discovered that the controller charges normally, there is no need for you to be concerned; rather, you should simply purchase another USB cable that is appropriate for the controller.
An additional concern that should be brought up is the possibility that the issue is with your PS4. In this particular scenario, all you need to do is attempt to connect it into your laptop, personal computer, or a power socket. If it is successful, you can be sure that the console is the source of the problem.
But what if the cable isn’t the source of the issue? If you have already tried other solutions without success, one more thing that I can suggest doing for you is to reset your PS4 controller, which is a procedure that is rather easy to carry out.
It’s possible that the problem lies with the controller’s charging connector, even if you’ve done everything I suggested and the controller still won’t function. Whether you have two controllers, you may quickly determine if there is a problem with the charging port of the PS4 controller by charging both of them with the same cable. If there is a problem, you will be able to validate this information easily.
In this particular circumstance, you may want to try using a can of compressed air and shooting some air into it to ensure that all of the dust has been removed from the system. It is imperative that you do this task either while the controller is turned off or, if at all possible, when it has no charge remaining so that you do not accidentally switch it on. If there is dirt within the port, another option is to use a toothpick and wrap it in a piece of cotton or paper towel. This should help loosen the dirt. A cotton swab is another option that could help.
If the issue continues, then I’m sorry to be the one to break the terrible news to you, but there is no other way to resolve the issue with your controller than purchasing a whole new one.
You might give Sony a call to inquire about the specifics of your warranty and how it applies to your controller. Who knows, maybe they can provide you with a repair or a replacement for what’s broken. It doesn’t hurt to inquire, does it?
The majority of gamers, I believe it’s fair to say, have been put through the ordeal of having to deal with broken gadgets and being forced to either figure out a solution on our own or go through the hassle of acquiring a new device. This has been a frustrating experience for everybody involved. To our relief, the most prevalent problems, such as connection, are also often the ones that are the simplest to resolve.
After ensuring that the controller has a full charge, connecting it to the console, and pressing and holding the PS button, the easiest method to begin finding out precisely what is wrong with the controller is to first make sure that the controller is completely charged. This action ought to cause it to resynchronize with the console. There are a couple further approaches that you might use if this one does not prove successful.
Before resorting to more extreme methods, you should see whether you can fix the issue by giving your controller a gentle restart. You’ll need a second controller to follow these steps, so make sure you have one handy. After you have connected the second controller, open the Settings menu and go to the Devices submenu. From there, pick Bluetooth Devices. When you press the Options button, a menu of available options will appear before you. Select “Forget Device,” then choose the first controller, and then make another attempt to connect it.
Do not get worked up if you do not have a second controller available to use. You are able to take your broken controller, locate the little hole located beneath the left trigger (L2), and then reset it by inserting a pin into the hole and holding it there for a few seconds. Now would be a good time to try to connect the controller.
In the event that this does not work, the problem may be caused by interference with the Bluetooth signal. In most cases, electronic gadgets are programmed to disregard the Bluetooth signals sent by one another; nonetheless, accidents do happen from time to time. Disconnecting any other devices, such as laptops, tablets, or cellphones, that could be causing interference and seeing if it helps is an option here.
The battery offers still another opportunity. It is possible that the Bluetooth signal may be degraded if the controller’s battery is nearing its end of life. This will cause you to have problems connecting to other devices.
If you have problems with connection on a regular basis, replacing the battery should solve all of your problems.