Instructions on How to Recharge a Wireless XBox 360 Controller

by Aaron WeinUpdated September 22, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Xbox 360 rechargeable battery pack

  • Quick charge kit

  • Play and charge kit

The Xbox 360 has numerous wireless accessories, including wireless controllers with a reliable range of up to 30 feet from the console. The controller also has two battery options: two AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack. The rechargeable battery pack, sold separately, also has two different recharge options with a Play and Charge Kit, which plugs directly into the console, or a Quick Charge Kit, which plugs into a wall outlet.

Play and Charge Kit

Insert your rechargeable battery pack into your wireless Xbox 360 controller. The battery bay is located on the bottom of the controller. Slide the battery pack in then push it down until it snaps into place.

Connect the controller plug-in of your Play and Charge cable into the port on the top of your controller.

Plug the other end of your Play and Charge cable into a USB controller port on your console.

Turn on the console. The wireless battery pack will recharge while your Xbox 360 is turned on and connected via Play and Charge cable to the controller. The battery is fully charged when the light on the charger turns from red to green.

Quick Charge Kit

Remove the battery pack from the wireless controller by pressing the eject button and pulling it out.

Insert the battery pack into the Quick Charge Kit by sliding it into one of the two charging slots then pushing it down.

Plug the Quick Charge Kit's power cable into a wall outlet. The battery is fully charged when the light on the charger turns from red to green.

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About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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