External Batteries

The built-in battery in the Quest/2 will last 2-3 hours, depending on how much activity is involved in what you’re doing. But it’s easy to add a battery pack to extend this time. You have a few options: 

  1. Get the Elite Strap with Battery Pack headstrap, with extra battery built in 
  2. Strap a battery pack to the back of your headsetwhich provides both added power and a counterweight to the headset for better comfort 
  3. Carry a battery pack in a pocket 

 

An easy and sleek option is to replace your headstrap with the Elite Strap with Battery Pack. The battery will be secured firmly in place and you won’t have long cords to deal with, but it’s expensive ($129) and won’t give you as much extra playing time as an external battery with more capacity. The battery in this strap comes in at <5,000 mAh, while you can buy a battery pack with at least 10,000 mAh, and thus longer playing time, starting around $15. If you prefer a different headstrap, this won’t be a good option. 

 

 

There is one external battery designed specifically to attach to the Quest/2VR Power  ($59.99). The manufacturer says this 10,000 mAh battery will give you up to 8 hours of VR gaming (so 5-6 more than the headset battery alone) or up to 10 hours of passive use such as when watching movies. It also comes with an extra USB-C port to power accessories. It attaches securely to your headset so it won’t move around while you do, so order based on which headset and strap you have: Quest, Quest 2 with original strap, or Quest 2 with Elite strap. 

 

 

Otherwise, use any battery pack that supports 5V 2.4amp charging. If you want to attach it to your headset, look for battery packs that are less than 6-7 inches long and no more than about 2-3 inches wide so it’s not too bulky at the back of your head; you can simply attach it with velcro. If you’re also wanting a counterweight on your headstrap, half a pound to one pound makes a good weight

The Anker PowerCore line gets good ratings, and this one is a nice balance of size and weight for headstrap mounting.

 

Don’t forget to pick up a USB-C cable to connect your battery pack to your headset (check if you need USB-A or USB-C for the battery port to know if you need USB-A to USB-C or USB-C to USB-C…Dual USB-C connectors is what came with your Quest 2).

If you’re attaching it to your headstrap get a short 3ft cord. If you want to carry it in your pocket, 3ft might be ok if you’re on the shorter side, but taller folks might want to get a 6 ft cord. Just coil up the extra length and tuck it inside your pocket. Here is one possibility.

 

 

 

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