Meta/Oculus Quest 2 battery lasts up to 3 hours in roughly use. This is a very concerning subject for intensive game enthusiasts.  So you are worried about that can you use or play Meta Quest 2 while charging? Is it safe or causing any internal hardware issues? Besides, you are also wondering how you can properly spend more time on Quest 2.

Is it bad to use Oculus Quest while charging? Theoretically, it is not true. But practically, it can be damaging to your Meta Quest 2 headset. That does not mean that you can not play games on Quest. Definitely, you can enjoy various games and use your headset. But the thing is you need to avoid practicing using Oculus while charging to keep good working conditions. 

Remember the battery in Oculus Quest drains battery very slowly when playing and charging at the same time. Approximately 5% every 30 minutes. 

Why it is a bad practice? Because when you use your headset and charge at the same time, the device can accept slow charge than normal.  And the slow rate of charging makes the battery life shorter quickly.

Another fact is that Meta Quest 2 is not charged when you play games on it while charging. Because the slower rate of charging obstructs the Oculus to allow enough power. When this happens constantly, you will have to face a dramatic experience in your headset. 

So, using or playing games on Meta during charging is definitely a bad practice. You may not find any issues with your Meta headset for several times or months of use. The bad effects start to show as the days pass just like other gadgets. For example gaming performance effects, drainage of battery, not being able to provide enough power for heavy games, etc.    

Can you leave Oculus Quest plugged in overnight or day?

You can not leave your headset plugged in overnight to avoid some usual damage in your headset. If you notice your phone or laptop, the battery starts to accept power slowly after 80%. Because the device starts to accept less power when it is close to being full to conserve battery longevity. 

On the other hand, you also notice that the device stops accepting power when the battery hits 100%. I know that Oculus Quest 2 is not a phone or laptop. But all modern devices that contain battery stop after 100% charge. 

There is no reason not to believe about keep charging overnight reduces battery life. Because the saturation charge strains your Meta headset battery since it keeps supplying the highest charging voltage. 

Meta also clearly mentioned the optimized charging. Optimized charging means it will stop charging after it gets full. 

How to charge Oculus Quest 2 while using a link cable?

A link cable is very useful for playing PCVR games. One of the great features of link cables is you can charge your headset at the same time. If you are new and don’t know how to charge Oculus Quest 2 using a link cable, follow the simple steps.

  1. Plug the original Quest/ Quest 2 charge cable and outlet into the small box ( the small box is included in the link cable)
  1. Plug the AC power adapter into the wall and wait about 5-10 seconds
  2. Plug the official Quest link cable into the  headset
  1. Then plug the third-party link cable into the USB C/A of the PC. 

How to maximize Quest 2 battery life? 

Bad practices of using cable cause the Meta Quest 2 battery life poor. So some best practices of using cable can definitely help you to improve the Oculus Quest 2 battery life. Besides, these also help you improve the performance of the Oculus headset. Follow the best tips below. 

Tip 1: Try to avoid charging after the battery gets fully charged and do not let the battery level down to 20%. 

Tip 2: If you think that charging overnight the Oculus Quest 2 is very much necessary, try to turn off the headset. ( not recommended) 

Tip 3: Always use the official cable to charge. 

Tip 4: Do not forget to power down when the headset is not in use.

Tip 5: If you are in such a state that your gameplay session needs more time to complete, try to charge the device frequently. Do not even try to go long charging session.