What wall plug chargers can be used to charge PS3 controllers

  • I want to charge my PS3 controllers (SIXAXIS) without having the PS3 running (because most of the time when it's running, I'm actually using the controllers). Since the device charges over standard USB (mini USB) I thought it was going to work with any off the shelf USB wall plugs.

    But I've tried with:

    • Apple charges (iPhone - several different generations, iPad)
    • Satnav/GPS charger
    • Digital camera charger
    • Random third-party generic USB charger

    But none of them were able to charge the controller (at least the lights never flashed on the controller).

    I have noticed there are (expensive) third party PS3 controller charger stations available, so it has to work somehow.

    Why can't the normal wall plug chargers, that are able to charge way more advanced hardware than the PS3 controller, charge them?


    I'm aware of this question (Can you charge the PS3 over regular USB) but it asks about PC USB charging. I want wall-plug charging.

    The PS3 controller won't charge when connected to any "dumb" usb outlet (where only the outer two pins are present), it need the middle two (data) pins. This doesn't mean you need a charger that can talk to a USB HID like the controller, any kind of termination of the contacts will do. This is all from memory, so I'm not submitting it as an answer.

    Found some vague verification here , I'm unable to verify myself but at least someone else came to the same conclusion. To check which kind of charger you have, you can consult this guide to USB pins, most charger lack the middle two pins (2 and 3) completly

    Really? $20 is expensive? I don't know if it actually uses induction charging (I'm inclined to think it doesn't), but it does work.

    I'm not so worried about price. Its just that I have something like 10 wall plug chargers for USB at home already and it seemed silly to be able to purchase if it isn't needed.

    Thanks to everybody who answered on this. I ended up buying a dual charger thing from Amazon that I plug into a wall socket and which then holds two ps3 controls and charges them perfectly.

    I'm using a digital camera charger. Works fine

  • PileOfDuty

    PileOfDuty Correct answer

    8 years ago

    The Sony DUALSHOCK 3 controller requires a USB handshake with the AC adapter before accepting any connection. If your wall-plug charger contains the circuitry required to negotiate the handshake, then it should work provided it can supply the minimum amount of current.

    So in other words, you need a charger built specifically for the PS3 controllers, or else be able to negotiate a handshake with a PS3 controller.

    This is what I feared. I'm gonna run some test according to Hunger's answer. I'll report back here when I've completed them

    Stupid, and completely unnecessary

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