When gaming on PS4, its DualShock controller can run of charge. This means that you have to charge it by connecting to the console using a USB cable. It is recommended that you leave it inactive for faster charging.
It takes approximately two hours for the Dualshock controller to charge fully. Keep in mind that this time is based on a case where the Dualshock controller is entirely out of charge. For effective charging, you should charge the controller when the temperature is between 50°F and 86°F. These temperatures create an ideal environment for fast charging. This section discusses how to effectively charge your Dualshock controller and what to do if it fails to charge.
A Problem With Your USB Cable
If your DualShock controller doesn’t charge, there are several reasons why. For instance, there could be a problem with your USB cable. In that case, try using another USB cable that is compatible with the controller. If the controller starts charging effectively after changing the USB cable, you should replace your existing cable because it is incompatible with your Dualshock controller. This is a common problem when charging controllers and is often fixed by replacing the USB cable.
Apart from a USB cable, your PS4 console could also be why the controller isn’t charging. In that case, try plugging the controller into a PC, laptop, or wall outlet. If either of these works, you will know the problem is with your PS4 console. To fix it, try checking the USB port on your console and ensure it is in the correct position. If the port on your console is damaged, it won’t charge your Dualshock controller. Get an expert to adjust it and restore its original position for effective charging.
Try Resetting the Dualshock Controller
Another way you can fix this problem is by resetting your Dualshock controller, a simple process that leaves your device in better condition. To do so, start by turning around your controller. At the back, you will see a tiny hole under the L2 trigger. Use a pin, paperclip, or any other small item to press and hold it for approximately ten seconds. By doing so, you will restart the Dualshock controller. After that, try charging it again to see if it works. In most cases, the controller starts charging effectively after resetting it.
Check the Controller Battery
If any of these measures don’t fix the problem, the controller battery is likely to be the problem. In that case, you need to replace its batteries with effective ones. Note that you should only replace the batteries only when all the other options have failed. The type of batteries you get for your Dualshock controller also matter. Some batteries are not compatible with controllers, resulting in insufficient charge. Just because batteries work on previous console controllers like PS3 doesn’t mean they will work on Dualshock controllers. Therefore, you must ensure that the batteries you are getting are ideal for your controller and will deliver the expected results.
Another problem could be the charging port on your Dualshock controller. You can confirm that if you own two controllers, one controller charges effectively while the other doesn’t. A problem with the charging port can be fixed by blasting compressed air into it to get rid of all the dust particles. When the charging port is filled with excessive dust particles, it cannot charge. Therefore, getting rid of such particles should restore its charging capabilities.
Blast Compressed Air
However, when blasting compressed air into the charging port, your controller should be turned off. This is important because blasting compressed air when the Dualshock controller is on can cause significant damage. When you notice grime inside the charging port, you can use a tiny paper towel or toothpick to remove it. Alternatively, you can use a cotton swab to do the same. You are warned against using a wet piece of cloth to clean the charging port because it can damage your Dualshock controller.