How Long Should I Charge My Valve Index Controllers?

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By Monica Bates

If you’ve recently purchased the Valve Index Controllers, you might be wondering how long you should charge them for optimal use. While it’s essential to keep your devices charged, overcharging them can also cause damage. In this article, we’ll go over some tips on how long you should charge your Valve Index Controllers.

Understand Your Battery Life

Before we dive into the charging process, it’s essential to know how long your battery will last. The Valve Index Controllers have a battery life of four to six hours per charge, depending on usage. Keep in mind that this is an average and may vary based on factors such as vibration settings and haptic feedback intensity.

Charging Your Valve Index Controllers

When it comes to charging your Valve Index Controllers, you have two options: charging through USB or using the included power adapter. Both methods will work perfectly fine, but using the power adapter will result in a faster charging time.

Charging via USB

To charge via USB, connect one end of the cable to your PC and the other end to your controller. Once connected, the controller’s light will turn orange, indicating that it is charging. It may take up to three hours for a full charge via USB.

Charging via Power Adapter

To use the included power adapter for faster charging times, first plug in the power adapter into an electrical outlet. Then connect one end of the cable to the adapter and the other end to your controller.

The light on your controller should turn orange again, indicating that it is charging. Using a power adapter typically takes around one hour for a full charge.

How Long Should You Charge For?

The answer is simple: until fully charged! How do you know when it’s fully charged?

When using USB charging or power adapters with LED lights built-in, the light will turn green when fully charged. If you’re charging via USB and don’t have an LED indicator, it may take up to three hours for a full charge. If you’re using the power adapter, it may take up to one hour.

Avoid Overcharging

Overcharging your Valve Index Controllers can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan. Therefore, it’s essential to avoid leaving your controllers plugged in for extended periods. Once they are fully charged, unplug them from the power source.


In conclusion, charging your Valve Index Controllers is a simple process that should be done until fully charged. Whether you are using USB charging or the included power adapter, make sure to disconnect once fully charged to avoid overcharging and damaging the battery. Keep in mind that with regular use, your battery life will decrease over time.