Being a cell headset, the Oculus Quest has a restricted battery life. Nevertheless, in case you’re savvy, there’s just a few methods to reduce the drain and prolong you battery life a bit bit additional.
Launched final yr, the Oculus Quest has been one of many larger success tales from Fb’s VR division. With an increasing number of individuals selecting up Quest, you may want just a few tips about protect the battery life as a lot as attainable, whether or not you’re a brand new person or an proprietor from day one.
Flip Off Auto-Wake
The Oculus Quest comes with an ‘Auto-Wake’ characteristic turned on by default. Which means the Quest will detect when it’s picked up and activate robotically, so it’s able to go as quickly as you placed on the headset. Whereas this may be helpful, it additionally implies that the battery may be drained when the Quest is moved round. For instance, if auto-wake is on and your Quest is in a backpack or carrying case, it’d assume somebody is selecting up the headset and activate sporadically. There’s a proximity sensor within the heart of the headset, above the lenses, that additionally has to additionally hearth by detecting one thing to set off auto-wake, however in our expertise that sensor is pretty delicate and simply activated by mistake.
To keep away from this, flip off auto-wake by going to Settings within the navigation bar, then urgent See All. Within the Gadget tab, there’s a Energy sub-menu. In there, you’ll be capable of flip off auto-wake. Observe that this modifications the way in which the headset operates and also you’ll should press the facet button to wake it up whenever you put it in your head.
Flip Auto-Sleep On
In an analogous vein to auto-wake, the Quest’s ‘Auto-Sleep’ setting may be adjusted to a smaller interval with a view to protect battery life. By setting Auto-Sleep to three minutes, or maybe even decrease, you possibly can decrease the time your Quest spends idling in case you take it off and neglect to place it into standby.
You could find the auto-sleep possibility in the identical space as auto-wake. Go to Settings, See All after which into the Gadget tab. Underneath the Energy sub-menu, there’s an possibility to regulate the auto-sleep to your liking.
Cost, Cost, Cost
This one could seem apparent, however the best solution to handle your Quest battery is to plug it in each single time you’re taking it off. It could appear to be overkill, but it surely’s a simple factor to neglect and the Quest battery solely lasts round 2-Three hours relying on utilization. Plugging it in constantly between quick classes will imply you don’t wind up with a disappointing low or useless battery image subsequent time.
Flip Off Wi-Fi Between Lengthy Classes
This tip is a standard one with many electronics, and a few individuals may argue that the advantages are negligible or arduous to measure, however turning Wi-Fi off can doubtlessly stretch your battery a bit additional. With Wi-Fi off, it’s one much less connection that the Quest has to keep up and even when it solely saves you just a few additional p.c of enjoying time, it is perhaps price it.
If you happen to’re not planning on utilizing the Web, you would flip off Wi-Fi throughout your regular VR classes. Nevertheless, in case you’re not in a position to cost your Quest between classes, turning the Wi-Fi off may even make sure you protect as a lot battery as attainable. Simply remember that whereas it will save battery, turning off Wi-Fi may even imply the Quest is unable to obtain updates and auto-install them within the background.
Interact Standby Mode, Instantly
If you take your Quest off, it gained’t instantly flip off right away. Relying on the way you’ve set your auto-sleep setting (as talked about earlier), it should idle for a set time period earlier than going into standby mode.
To save lots of as a lot battery as attainable, get into the behavior of hitting the proper energy button instantly after taking off your headset. This ensures your Quest goes straight into standby and doesn’t waste any battery life idling away for a bit.
In an analogous vein to turning off the Wi-Fi, if you recognize you’re not going to make use of the Quest for some time and need to protect the battery as a lot as attainable between expenses, flip the Quest off fully. You are able to do this by long-holding the facility button on the proper of the headset and deciding on Shut Down, which can correctly shutdown the Quest as a substitute of going into standby mode.
Think about Battery Packs
A technique you possibly can add additional battery to your Quest for longer classes is to purchase a battery pack that may cost your Quest whereas enjoying. Whereas there are lots of battery packs you would hook up with your Quest and preserve in your pocket whilst you play, there’s one specific battery pack that we might suggest — the VR Energy.
The VR Energy is a custom-designed battery pack for the Oculus Quest that acts as each a counter-weight and a battery pack on the identical time. It attaches on to the again of the headset by way of the strap, which we discovered considerably improved the consolation of the headset whereas additionally wildly extending the headset’s battery life and playtime.
If you wish to play for an prolonged time period, we extremely suggest that you simply think about using the VR Energy or an analogous battery pack.
These are our greatest suggestions for extending and optimizing your Oculus Quest’s battery life. Acquired any of your personal? Tell us down within the feedback beneath.