All of these apps, games, functions, and features require battery power to work. Some more than others. Of course, you could leave your headset plugged in while playing a game but this is bad practice and will result in permanent damage to the battery or the headset even.
With this knowledge, you may want to know how much an Oculus Quest 2 battery will last before it requires a recharge. The answer to this isn’t straightforward, so read on to find all the answers.
How Long Does a Fully Charged Oculus Quest 2 Last
Like we said, there is no accurate answer to this. You can only work with an average. The average range is from 2 to 3 hours when fully charged. The actual figure depends on:
1. The apps you are using or the games you are playing on your quest 2: If you are doing light stuff on your Quest 2 like watching movies, playing music, chatting, browsing or playing games with low refresh rates or low CPU consumption, then you could get up to 3 hours out of your headset before it requires a recharge.
If you are playing heavy-consumption VR games or games with high refresh rates (especially 120Hz) like Gorilla Tag and Synth Raiders, then you are likely to get 2 hours from a healthy Quest 2 battery.
2. What features are enabled on your Quest 2 headset: Tracking and Auto Wake are the two main features that consume lots of battery power on Oculus Quest 2.
Tracking tracks the direction you are looking at, the direction you are going, your position in your playing room, the objects around your playing room.
This is not only to ensure a seamless VR experience but also to keep you safe as you move around your playing space.
Auto Wake allows your headset to turn on automatically when you strap it on. Or, rather inconveniently, when an object is close enough to the proximity sensor to make it to turn on.
Tracking and Auto Wake require a lot of battery power to function. Another thing with Auto Wake is that when it is enabled, your headset never really shuts down even when you power it off.
It simply puts the headset in a low power state so it can wake it up on cue. This low power state also consumes battery power in the background.
3. The device you are using to play, and if you are casting: If you are playing games on Quest 2 using your headset, you already know not to plug it in while playing.
But this means that your headset is relying solely on battery power to function, and so could last less.
But if you are playing on PC using Oculus Link, your headset is plugged in to your PC and is charging while you play. Even though the charging speed is much less than when plugged to a wall socket, the rate at which the battery drains is much less.
Also, if you are casting your Quest 2 to your phone or TV, this drains battery quite fast.
4. How old your Quest 2 headset is: As your Oculus Quest 2 gets older, the internal batteries start to lose power because the cells get weaker.
When the cells get weaker, they are no longer able to hold charge for as long as they used to. This usually starts to happen after about 500 charging cycles or 1.5 years.
5. Your usage practice: The last, key factor that determines how long your fully-charged Quest 2 battery lasts is how you actually handle the battery, and the headset in general. We will provide a guide later in this article on best practices for your Quest 2 battery in order to make it last longer.
How Long Does the Oculus Quest 2 Battery Last with Battery Pack
Although Quest 2 batteries last about 2 to 3 hours, there are supplementary devices called battery packs that make your Quest 2 headset battery last longer.
A battery pack for Quest 2 stores more charge, and consists of a number of battery modules connected in parallel to boost the playing time on your headset.
How long a batter pack lasts depends on the brand. Oculus makes the Elite Strap battery pack which just about doubles the normal battery life of Quest 2. On the other hand, brands like Rebuff Reality (10,000mAh) and BUSQUEDA (8,000mAh) make battery backs that add about 8 and 7 hours of playing time respectively to your Quest 2 headset.
When choosing a battery pack, design and weight are vital. You do not want to sacrifice comfort and convenience for extra playing time. It is a good idea to read design details of each product, as well as reviews from other buyers before making a purchase decision.
How Long Does the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Battery Last
The Oculus Quest 2 Elite Battery Strap on average doubles your playing time from around 2 to 4 hours. It is also one of the best in terms of balancing the weight of the headset for more even distribution around the head.
You could also buy the carrying case for the strap for an additional fee. Four hours of intense gaming time or about 5.5 hours of streaming is good enough for a healthy gaming habit.
How Long Does the Oculus Quest 2 Controller Battery Last
Unlike the rechargeable in-built batteries on the Quest 2 headset, Oculus Quest 2 controllers use removeable alkaline AA batteries. As such, they last a lot longer than the headset batteries in terms of cycles, usually months.
For heavy gamers, the Quest controller batteries last about 3 months. So, it’s definitely longer for average and light gamers.
But then, this depends on the quality of the batteries. Some users prefer to go with rechargeable AA batteries. While there is a case to be made for them, they are generally inferior to good-quality alkaline AAs.
They are more susceptible to damage, lose charge retention after a number of charge cycles, are a major cause of glitches on controllers.
Also, they tend to discharge on their own whether the controller is in use or not. If you prefer to use rechargeable batteries, please be sure to go for top-quality ones.
In all, it is better to use alkaline AA batteries and keep some spare around just in case. With top-quality alkaline AAs, you are guaranteed at least 3 months of constant use before you need a replacement.
Quest 2 Battery Life with Link Cable
If you are using Oculus Quest 2 with Link cable, it will keep your headset charged while you play PCVR.
However, there are a few important points to note to ensure that your battery does indeed stay charged, and that the battery is not degraded over time with constant use of Link.
- Do not use the original Oculus Quest 2 USB-C cable for Link. It is not powerful enough to support Link and to keep your headset battery charged while on PC
- Use a high-quality USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 or 3.2 Gen 1 cable with the following specifications:
- Length: 10 to 15 feet
- Signal Requirements: 5 Gbps at least (10Gbps is much better)
- Infrared Signal Loss Tolerances: <500mV VBUS @ 3000mA; <250mV GND @ 3000mA
- Power Supply: 5V/3A/100W
- Bandwidth: 5 Gbps
- Support for SuperSpeed USB ports
- Do not use a USB C to USB A cable. This will not supply adequate charge to your Quest 2 headset while it’s plugged into your PC. Be sure to only use a USB-C to USB-C cable
- Make sure your headset was fully charged while it was turned off, before turning it on to use for Link
Once you have all the above conditions in place, your headset battery should not go below 80% no matter for how long you play using Oculus Link.
Things That Affect the Battery Life (And How to Reduce It)
We will start this guide with 3 recommendations from Oculus (Meta), and then provide you with other recommendations from experience over the years.
1. Putting Quest 2 on Sleep
The sleep function is made for keeping your games and apps in place while you’re away for a short period. This makes it easier and faster to resume your game when you return.
Sleep on Quest 2 is not an alternative to shutting down the headset, and should not be used for breaks of more than a few minutes.
When you leave your headset on sleep, the headset holds all the running processes in the background, thereby draining battery power. This not only makes your battery to drain quickly, it also causes your battery to reach its lifespan quicker.
Fix – Shut down Quest 2
If you are not using your Quest 2 for any prolonged period, you should make conscious effort to power it down fully. To power your headset down, simply press and hold the power button on the headset until the indicator light on the headset turns off and you hear the shutdown sound. Then, release it immediately.
If you are not sure how you may be putting your headset to sleep, here are tips:
- Pressing the power button and releasing immediately puts it to sleep
- Leaving the headset idle for a prolonged period puts it to sleep. The time it takes to go to sleep depends on the power setting which we will explore later.
2. Charging After Battery is Full
Every battery has a capacity. In rechargeable batteries, this capacity is very important for the lifespan of the battery. When a charged battery shows 100%, it does not mean that the battery can no longer charge beyond that.
It rather means that it has reached its optimal charge capacity. Charging beyond the capacity will cause damage to the battery.
If you make a habit of this, you are constantly providing the battery with more charge than it should carry at any one time, thereby significantly reducing its lifespan. Look at it like undue stress on a human.
Fix – Disconnect Charger Once Full
When your Quest 2 headset battery is low, it shows a solid red indicator. At this point, the battery is at about 10%.
When you plug the headset in to charge, it shows a solid orange indicator. When the battery is fully charged, it shows a solid green. Once the solid green indicator appears, please disconnect the charger from the headset.
Also, avoid the habit of leaving your headset to charge overnight. If you are having issues with charging your headset, please refer to our article on Blinking Red Light on Oculus Quest 2 for a guide on how to resolve the issue.
3. Using the Wrong Charger
This is the final recommendation from Oculus, but perhaps the most important. Your Oculus Quest 2 comes with a USB cable and charger. Using generic chargers or even your phone charger to charge Quest 2 will damage the battery over time.
Technological products like these are made as an ecosystem: the headset, the cable, and the charger are all made specifically for each other in terms of specifications and technology.
If you use a peripheral that is outside this ecosystem, and is not recommended by the manufacturer, you are exposing your headset battery to damage.
Fix – Charge with Oculus provided charger
Note that we added, one that “is not recommended by the manufacturer”. That’s because for Oculus Link, Meta actually recommends that you use cables with the specifications detailed earlier, rather than the Quest 2 charging cable.
Meta sells a Link Cable separately, so you could purchase theirs. You could also purchase from Anker, which comes recommended by Meta. Or, just be sure to buy from a reputed brand with the right specifications.
As long as you are only using the other cable for Link and not for the routine charging of your Quest 2 headset, your battery should last.
4. Using Quest 2 for Long Periods
Oculus Quest 2 offers an outstanding VR experience. From Beat Saber and Resident Evil to Creed and Gorilla Tag, and then of course the social games and hangouts you can have, there is so much that can keep you enthralled for long periods.
The subject of how much gaming time is healthy is not a concern for this article, but you should know that there is a healthy playing limit for your Quest 2 headset battery.
Fix – Let Oculus rest
From research and experience, an average of 4 playing hours daily is optimal to maintain the health and lifespan of your Quest 2 battery. You can either get this by playing for the standard 2 hours and recharging, or using a battery pack to extend a single playing cycle to 4 hours.
Using the headset beyond 4 hours a day on a relatively constant basis will shorten the lifespan of the battery as you take it through several charge and discharge cycles in a short period.
Remember that after 500 cycles, the battery starts to degrade; you don’t want to shorten the time it takes to get there.
Also, using your Quest 2 for prolonged periods may cause it to heat up, especially if you’re playing resource-intensive games. This is also bad for your headset battery
5. Having Auto Wake Enabled
At the beginning of this article, we explained how Auto wake works. But Auto Wake does not only drain battery charge by keeping your headset in a low power state all the time.
It also makes it easy for your headset to turn on simply by bumping into an object or having an object such as the silicone cover come close to the proximity sensor.
This is the reason why many users report that they left their charged Quest 2 headset overnight only to come the next morning and see the battery drained.
Fix – Disable Auto Wake
Auto Wake is a cool feature to have. It makes your Quest 2 to boot faster and turns it on just by your strapping on the headset. However, for the health of your battery, it is a feature you can do without.
You need to turn off Auto Wake, and use the power button to shut down and power on your headset.
To turn off Auto Wake:
1. Strap on your headset
2. Press the Oculus button on the right controller
3. Select Settings
4. Select Device
5. At Auto Wake Headset, toggle to turn it off
6. While you’re at that setting, we also recommend that you set the Auto Sleep to the least possible period of inactivity so that your headset goes to sleep and saves power when you’re distracted.
6. Charging Quest 2 Headset While Playing
If you were playing a game when your headset battery went low, it is tempting to plug it into an extension to charge while you continue playing the exciting game you were on.
But this is bad practice for your headset battery and the headset as a whole. Meta technicians strongly advise against playing a game or doing anything directly on your headset while charging it.
Fix – Put Quest 2 Away While Charging
Manufacturer recommendation is that you leave your headset to charge fully before you resume your games or whatever else you want to do on Quest 2.
For best results and longer battery life, it is better to turn your headset off completely and leave it to charge. Then turn it back on for use when the green indicator shows.
The exception is when you are playing on PC using Oculus Link. The bulk of the workload is on the PC then. Also, the recommended Link cable would provide enough charge to not take your headset battery through unhealthy charge and discharge cycles.
So, it’s okay to play on your PC using the recommended Oculus Link cable while your headset is on.
7. Charging with an Extension
Extensions are a convenient way to extend the reach of your Quest 2 charging cable, and also to charge more than one device at a time. However, extensions are not good for charging your headset.
Many extensions do not provide the quality of electricity needed to charge sensitive smart systems like a Quest 2 headset. Also, any problem on a device on the extension could affect your Quest 2 headset in turn.
Fix – Charge Using Wall Socket
To avoid such issues as outlined above always be sure to plug your headset charger directly on a wall socket. Also, do not use your laptop to charge a low Quest 2 battery. You should only use your PC for Link on an already fully-charged battery.
8. Overheating of Headset
The following can cause your headset to overheat, which in turn could cause damage to the battery:
- Playing resource-consuming games for prolonged periods
- Leaving your headset on, under, or next to a device that emits heat
When your headset battery heats up, it damages the cells in the batteries and significantly reduces the lifespan of the battery. It could also damage other sensitive components in the headset.
Fix – Avoid heat on headset
1. Let your headset rest from time to time. The ideal playing time at a stretch is about 4 hours.
2. Also, do not place your headset around any object that gives off heat.
3. When your headset is hot, do not plug it in to charge. It will cause even greater damage.
9. Many Incomplete Charge Cycles
Your Quest 2 headset battery is supposed to go through complete charge and discharge cycles. That is, from 0-10 % to 100%.
If, for example, you are in a hurry to get back to a game and disconnect the charger at 60%, play again to 10% and then charge again, this incomplete cycle will degrade your Quest battery over time.
Fix – Ensure Complete Charge Cycles
Allow your battery to get to the standard 10% and then plug it in to charge. Leave it to charge until it’s full before you use it again. It only takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully.