The following article aims to share some basic information and tips about keeping the electricity running to your Xbox One and its controllers.
We will discuss information on the series One power supply of the controllers, the chords, and some tips in general.
It stands to note that the Xbox One X and S have different internal power supplies but they work in all regions worldwide. It is also important to remember that in terms of support, using any other power supply besides the standard one supplied with the One version might damage your equipment and void the warranty.
Xbox One Controllers
It features an energy-efficient design and takes AA batteries as opposed to other gaming console controllers that have built-in batteries. There is also no default One charger.
However, the features such as the new rumble motors within the triggers for directional haptic feedback means that the battery life is not that great. This means that you are going to have to interrupt your eSports game to swap out your Xbox One controller batteries.
Xbox One Controller battery
Currently, gamers have options regarding the power supply to their controllers as there is no default One controller battery.
You can connect directly to the series One via Micro USB cable and use off the shelf rechargeable or disposable batteries. Most gamers take issue with this as the Micro USB cable does not come supplied with the console.
Even a relatively expensive pack of batteries does not prevent the fact that the controller will deplete this energy source in relatively little time.
Even for the environmentally conscious, Microsoft has a retort and states that rechargeable AA batteries are not recommended.
Xbox One Play & Charge Kit
A general player complaint, especially with players playing long eSports games is the battery life of the controllers. One very handy accessory that is, unfortunately, an optional extra to the console, is the One Play and Charge Kit.
This allows you to recharge your controllers during play or afterward while the console is in standby mode.
The internal long-lasting battery is rechargeable and reaches full charge in about 4 hours. This eliminates the need for having to keep disposable batteries and having to swop flat batteries out while you are playing. It comes complete with a micro USB cord.
Xbox One power supply
When the Xbox One rolls off the factory floor, it comes out with a fan-assisted external power supply with the dimensions: 6.69 x 1.88 x 2.96 inches. In centimetres this is about 17 cm x 4.8 cm x 7.5 cm).
If you for some reason have to replace your One power supply, then this is the sizing that you need to look out for.
This sizing and dimensions are exactly the same for the 100 – 240V, 100 – 110V, and 220 – 240V versions. Do not use Microsoft unlicensed accessories between the console and the power supply.
Xbox One power chords
The Xbox One comes complete with a hardwire direct current power chord that you plug into your unit directly. The DC cord is just over 1 meter long and has a proprietary connector attached to the end specifically designed for the One X and the One S.
From the power supply to the wall socket there is a detachable AC chord which is about 1.2 meters in length.
If you use a cord not designed for Xbox or the other parts, you might damage your equipment, and Microsoft will not cover the damages.
Xbox One Power supply placement & temperature
The cooling fan should start when the Xbox One is turned on. The fan turns off when the unit enters energy-saving mode or when the power supply is disconnected.
In Instant-On mode the fan will remain on.
When your Xbox is in energy-saving mode or when it’s disconnected from its power supply, the fan is turned off. As it changes temperature, the fan speed will increase or decrease along with the sound that the fan makes.
But always make sure that the airflow around it is good.
The battery-life shortcomings of the One controllers can be overcome by adding the One Play & Charge Kit to your set up. It is just impractical for the eSports gamer to run the controllers on the AA batteries.
Always remember to replace worn chords and power supply parts with licensed Microsoft parts to ensure support and to minimize downtime due to faulty equipment. The cooling fan plays an important role in the operation and should be monitored for faults.
Look after your power supply and the Xbox will ensure your eSports experience is uninterrupted.
On the power brick, there is a light. If it is flashing or flickering, most likely there is a power issue.
You can register your console as faulty and have it replaced.
Watch this video to learn more about this issue.