The Xbox One controller is often hailed as one of the best features of Microsoft’s previous-generation console. What’s even better is that it is compatible with the Xbox Series X and S. With its comfortable triggers, easily accessible analog sticks, and energy-efficient design, you can enjoy weeks of gaming without needing to replace batteries. However, eventually, your controller will run out of power, and you’ll need to replace those AAs if you want to keep playing. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got you covered with these tips to help extend your controller’s battery life and minimize interruptions to your gaming experience.
Buy a Rechargeable Battery Dock
Unlike the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 and the Switch Pro Controller, the Xbox One requires standard AA batteries by default. While you can use any type or brand of AA batteries, including higher capacity alkaline ones, the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly option is a rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery. NiMH batteries are less toxic when disposed of and do not develop battery memory, unlike older nickel-cadmium batteries. For only $35, you can purchase an Energizer 1 Hour Charger that comes with four rechargeable batteries. With the charger’s space for all four batteries, you can ensure that one pair is always ready to go while the other one is being used.
Don’t Bother with the Play and Charge Kit
Microsoft offers a rechargeable battery pack specifically designed for the Xbox One, known as the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit. This kit replaces the need for AA batteries by providing a lithium-ion battery pack that you can charge using a Micro USB cable. Connecting the cable to your console allows you to use the controller both wirelessly and while charging. The battery pack included in the Play and Charge Kit offers up to 30 hours of battery life and takes four hours to charge. However, compared to other rechargeable batteries, the Play and Charge Kit’s battery capacity is only 1400mAh, which is slightly higher than the PlayStation 4’s pack. AA alkaline batteries, on the other hand, can go up to 3000mAh. Additionally, using a charging cable instead of replacing batteries has its drawbacks. You’ll need another charging block with a USB port if you want to charge the battery separately from the Xbox One, and the battery pack is exclusively compatible with the Xbox One controller and cannot be used for other devices. Third-party charging stations may eliminate the need for an additional charger, but their batteries often have even smaller capacities than the cheapest AAA batteries, taking more than two hours to fully charge.
Play Games with a Wired Connection
If you find yourself without any AA batteries, don’t worry. You can still continue playing on your Xbox One or Series X by connecting the wireless controller to your console using any Micro USB cable. Unlike the Xbox 360, which only charged wireless controllers through this connection, the Xbox One allows data transmission over the wired connection. This means that when connected, the controller doesn’t need batteries to function and won’t drain any remaining battery power. If you have the Play and Charge Kit, the battery will also charge while the controller is connected. Playing with a wired connection not only saves your batteries but also offers advantages in terms of input lag and reaction time. For games that require rapid reflexes like Dark Souls III, a wired connection can provide a slight edge. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about your battery dying in the middle of an intense gaming session.
Don’t Worry About Leaving the Controller Turned On
Contrary to the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller, which can stay on indefinitely if you adjust the settings, the Xbox One controller has an automatic power-off feature. Regardless of the settings, the Xbox One controller will turn off after 15 minutes of inactivity. While this may be frustrating, it only takes a few seconds to reconnect your controller by pressing the Home button. If you have multiple controllers and need to check their battery levels quickly, you can do so from the Xbox One home screen. Simply click the Home button on each controller, and a small battery level indicator will appear on the screen to let you know their respective power levels. This screen also shows which controllers are connected via USB or currently charging.
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By following these tips, you can maximize the battery life of your Xbox One controller and enjoy uninterrupted gaming sessions. Remember, OnSpec Electronic, Inc. provides a wide range of Xbox accessories to enhance your gaming experience.