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    I've bought my son a PS3 and wondered how the controller is charged.I had assumed it would be batteries or a battery pack but I've googled it and it would seem it only charges by USB.
    Is this correct?I've wrapped it now and I don't want to spoil it by opening it all.
    If this is the case can I also charge it by a USB charging plug instead of charging it via the console if I wanted to?
    I also wondered what happens when the internal battery dies.Is it replacable?.

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    you charge if using the usb cable connected to the console.
    dont bother with any additional charging stands/units.
    a full charge usually lasts me at least 2 weeks (but that depends on how much you actually use it i guess!)

    Yes, you can charge it from any USB device...........i tend to charge mine from the PC.

    Haven't heard of any dying but if they did you'd need a new controller.

    Won't it need charging before Christmas morning then otherwise won't he have to sit there waiting for it to charge before he can play it, or can you charge and play at the same time (I'm a total console doofus btw)

    greg_68

    Won't it need charging before Christmas morning then otherwise won't he … Won't it need charging before Christmas morning then otherwise won't he have to sit there waiting for it to charge before he can play it, or can you charge and play at the same time (I'm a total console doofus btw)



    You can charge and play at the same time. Just makes it a wired controller

    Syzable

    Yes, you can charge it from any USB device...........i tend to charge … Yes, you can charge it from any USB device...........i tend to charge mine from the PC.Haven't heard of any dying but if they did you'd need a new controller.



    I have seen cheap battery replacements on places like Deal Extreme, looks look a simple enough process
    greg_68

    Won't it need charging before Christmas morning then otherwise won't he … Won't it need charging before Christmas morning then otherwise won't he have to sit there waiting for it to charge before he can play it, or can you charge and play at the same time (I'm a total console doofus btw)



    You can charge it at same time as playing, but that may not be a great idea Christmas morning with a excited kid.

    leave it plugged in whenyou are watching blu-rays, or the bbc iplayer, itv player or 4on demand as these work through the ps3 without any setup.

    I charge mine on the BT router. Only thing decent about that router.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all your help.
    The reason I asked if it charged from a USB plug is that is saves having the console/pc switched on all the time.
    Also is it possible to get an adapter so we can use ps2 controllers?.
    We've got some wired ones as well as the logitech wireless ones and it would be great if we could use these as extra controllers when my son has friends round.

    summerjoo

    Thanks for all your help.The reason I asked if it charged from a USB plug … Thanks for all your help.The reason I asked if it charged from a USB plug is that is saves having the console/pc switched on all the time.Also is it possible to get an adapter so we can use ps2 controllers?.We've got some wired ones as well as the logitech wireless ones and it would be great if we could use these as extra controllers when my son has friends round.



    Yes you can, but in my experience they are quite awkward to use, well thats just me as you have to plug the adaptor into usb port, then plug the pad into the adaptor.

    Still it works easily enough.

    It's hit and miss as to what will charge the PS3 controller.

    The PS3 does (obviously) but requires the console to be fully switched on and the supplied usb cable is about a foot long so is pretty much useless for playing and charging. On Christmas I would try all the different USB ports that can be found on various electronic devices to see if a simple charging solution exists and in the long term invest in a much longer compatible usb cable.

    If I remember correctly the controller should have a couple of hours charge in it when new.

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    Yeah the control has some charge in it.. When I got mine a fee weeks back I didn't charge it for about a week.

    You can also use the usb socket on a Sky+/HD box to charge things. Problem with the PS3 controllers is that it wont charge them unless the console is switched on.

    My TV has a usb port and it works for charging my controller.

    I just got a PS3 and I'm surprised that you cant charge these up using the console while the console's off like the xbox 360 can. Also annoying how a lot of downloads cant run in the background on the PS3 and you've got to sit and watch a progress bar. 2-0 to xbox there (not that I'm PS3 bashing; i love everything else about it)

    evolution07

    You can also use the usb socket on a Sky+/HD box to charge things. … You can also use the usb socket on a Sky+/HD box to charge things. Problem with the PS3 controllers is that it wont charge them unless the console is switched on.



    I use my laptop to charge my controller (Either when playing or not)
    And i don't need the PS3 on to charge it, and also it means i don't need to sit a foot away from the TV.

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    hypnoticstate

    I just got a PS3 and I'm surprised that you cant charge these up using … I just got a PS3 and I'm surprised that you cant charge these up using the console while the console's off like the xbox 360 can. Also annoying how a lot of downloads cant run in the background on the PS3 and you've got to sit and watch a progress bar. 2-0 to xbox there (not that I'm PS3 bashing; i love everything else about it)


    downloads run in the background fine from the PSN

    just charge from your pc.

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    Oh my god. Priceless.

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    summerjoo

    Thanks for all your help.The reason I asked if it charged from a USB plug … Thanks for all your help.The reason I asked if it charged from a USB plug is that is saves having the console/pc switched on all the time.Also is it possible to get an adapter so we can use ps2 controllers?.We've got some wired ones as well as the logitech wireless ones and it would be great if we could use these as extra controllers when my son has friends round.


    Ignore the negative trolls above, there'll be plenty of charge already in the controller for Christmas day, and if it does require a firmware update you can charge it for a bit then, but that's only if you set up the online connection, if you keep it offline you won't need to update - problem solved.
    What games did you get summerjoo?
    Wow stealth trolling at it's best, claim to be giving good advice, with a negative twist at the end.
    Edited by: "sennasnit" 23rd Dec 2010

    chelskii

    OP just plug it in the USB and it should be charged enough the time the … OP just plug it in the USB and it should be charged enough the time the PS3 finally finishes doing it's updates and then the game installs, it takes ages before you can actually use the PS3 the first time anyway.



    What games is the OP going to install?

    chelskii

    OP just plug it in the USB and it should be charged enough the time the … OP just plug it in the USB and it should be charged enough the time the PS3 finally finishes doing it's updates and then the game installs, it takes ages before you can actually use the PS3 the first time anyway.



    Yay, Chelskii's on his school holidays now.

    Original Poster

    sennasnit

    Ignore the negative trolls above, there'll be plenty of charge already in … Ignore the negative trolls above, there'll be plenty of charge already in the controller for Christmas day, and if it does require a firmware update you can charge it for a bit then, but that's only if you set up the online connection, if you keep it offline you won't need to update - problem solved.What games did you get summerjoo?Wow stealth trolling at it's best, claim to be giving good advice, with a negative twist at the end.



    Many thanks.We have got Start the Party (we've got a Move controller) and a Rachet and Clank game (I forget which one).
    I know he has some more coming as presents but I don't know what they are yet.

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    thesaint

    What games is the OP going to install?



    Start the Party and Rachet and Clank (forgot which one)

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    KillFelix

    Oh my god. Priceless.


    Don't be too harsh on me..I still own a Sinclair Spectrum and when I was at school computers were huge and we had to write programs in BASIC :-)
    There is also a twenty year age gap between my kids and I'm trying to keep up......
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