How to Charge a PS3 Game Controller

Written by john vann
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Most new PlayStation 3 consoles ship with one wireless controller included in the box. While there is a braided USB cable included to charge your controller, this can be unplugged once it is fully charged for a true wireless experience. However, you don't necessarily have to use your PlayStation 3 to charge your wireless controller. In fact, you can charge it using a variety of methods.

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Instructions

    Using Your PlayStation 3 Console to Charge

  1. 1

    Plug the large end of the USB cable into one of the USB ports on your PlayStation 3 console.

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    Plug the small end of the USB cable into the back of your PlayStation 3 wireless controller.

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    Turn your PS3 on and you should see four red lights begin to flash on your wireless controller.

  4. 4

    Check the status of your wireless controller's battery by pressing the "PlayStation" button on your controller. Three bars indicate a fully charged battery.

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    Unplug the USB cable once the four red lights stop flashing and turn into one solid red light, as this means your wireless controller is fully charged and ready to use. Note that you can still use your controller to play games on your PlayStation 3 while it is charging.

    Using Your PC

  1. 1

    Locate an available USB port on your PC. USB ports can typically be found on the back of your PC, though many include USB ports on the front as well.

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    Make sure your PC is turned on before you start. Just like when charging from your PlayStation 3, the wireless controller needs a power source in order to charge.

  3. 3

    Plug the large end of the USB cable into the open USB port on your PC.

  4. 4

    Plug the small end of the USB cable into the back of your PlayStation 3 wireless controller.

  5. 5

    Unplug your controller when the four red lights stop flashing and turn into one solid red light. This means your controller is fully charged and ready to use.

    Using a PlayStation 3 Charging Station

  1. 1

    Plug your PlayStation 3 wireless controller charging station into a wall outlet via the included AC power cord.

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    Place your PlayStation 3 wireless controllers directly onto the charging station to begin charging them. Depending on the charger's make and model, you may be able to charge anywhere from two to four PlayStation 3 wireless controllers at the same time.

  3. 3

    Remove your PlayStation 3 wireless controllers from the charging station when the four red lights stop blinking and turn to one solid red light. When charging multiple controllers, one may charge quicker than the other.

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