Anker devices fail to charge the PS5's DualSense controller

Tonight, I went to charge my DualSense for the first time, and was a bit concerned when it didn’t charge using my Anker PowerPort PD 2 with a USB-C to USB-C cable. I then tried it on my Anker PowerPort III Nano and had the same experience. It also didn’t charge using my Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter. Finally, it failed to charge on my Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+.

However, I did find a few devices the DualSense did charge with. It worked via USB-C to USB-C on my Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD, my Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, my Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30, my Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger, and my Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. However, I noticed one big flaw with all these chargers: they only charged the DualSense at half the speed of the PS5. The PS5 charges the DualSense from its front USB ports (both Type-C and Type-A) at approximately 5V, 1A. These chargers were only able to charge the DualSense at 5V, 0.5A. Devices like my PC and my MacBook Pro would only charge the DualSense at 5V, 0.25A.

I was unable to find a single device in my house (and as you can probably tell, I have quite the collection) that was able to charge the DualSense at the same speed as the PS5. I was quite disappointed as I come to expect Anker to have the widest compatibility with devices.

Anker devices that fail to charge DualSense controller:

  • PowerPort PD 2
  • PowerPort III Nano
  • PowerCore 10000 PD+

Anker devices that charge DualSense controller at half-speed:

  • PowerCore Speed 20000 PD
  • PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • PowerPort Speed PD 30
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Perhaps this is down to Sony restricting use of 3rd party chargers, just as Samsung do with their flagship range of phones @dstaley

I don’t think so, because it charges on devices without PowerIQ. Things like Qualcomm QuickCharge aren’t spec-compliant, and my guess is the DualSense is doing something that tricks the Anker chargers but not those that solely use the USB C spec.

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Oh man that’s so disappointing!

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Weird. I can use anker usb cable to charge my ps4 controller.

Yeah microUSB was a much more simple interface. USB-C is far more complicated, even more so once you add in protocols like Qualcomm QuickCharge.

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That’s really unfortunate

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Congrats on securing the 5 btw :+1:t2:

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Good point. That’s somewhat true

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I wonder if they will release something exclusive to charge ps5 controllers