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23 Feb 2012
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I have an issue charging my Vita via USB. 

 

The PC I have it connected to does not have the Content Manager software installed however I have ensured the Vita is fully turned off and once I connect the USB cable to my PC it detects it as the PS logo turns orange. 

 

However after about 30 seconds the logo flashes blue for an instant and then has no colour at all.  I have read the manuals and when it turns off it is meant to be fully charged however it definitely isn’t as when I reboot it is only about 50% full. 

 

Has anyone else had this issue or found a work around for it?

 

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It could be the USB port isn't providing enough power. Not all USB ports are the same in this respect.
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BlackKnightJP wrote:
It could be the USB port isn't providing enough power. Not all USB ports are the same in this respect.


Cheers for the quick reply BK.  Was thinking it might be that althougth i cannot check on another PC.

 

Bit annoying as i was hoping to charge it at work and play it on the Muggle Wagon on the way home.

 

Will try it on my laptop tonight

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USB charging doesn't work like charging from the Wall. If you power on your Vita you won't see a charging indication on the battery but leave it for a while and the battery does fill (asuming you're not connected to the PC with Content Manager - in that case the USB charging is inhibited).

One final though, I take it you have enabled the USB charging option in Settings? I think it's off by default.

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USB charging doesn't work like charging from the Wall. If you power on your Vita you won't see a charging indication on the battery but leave it for a while and the battery does fill (asuming you're not connected to the PC with Content Manager - in that case the USB charging is inhibited).

One final though, I take it you have enabled the USB charging option in Settings? I think it's off by default.

Rotor.


USB Charging defo enabled as that was the first thing I checked.  Seems strange that Vita is off, light comes on, then light goes off after 30 secs.  I have even tried to increase the Power Output from the USB and that hasn't worked.

 

Maybe BK is right and the USB'd on this PC aren't good enough

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**UPDATE**

 

Tried 2 more PC's and a brand new laptop and same thing happens - Orange light for 30 secs and then nothing!!!

 

Seems weird that if it wasn't going to work it wouldn't even detect it but it does.

 

Anybody else had this issue or found a work around?

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Tanster wrote:

**UPDATE**

 

Tried 2 more PC's and a brand new laptop and same thing happens - Orange light for 30 secs and then nothing!!!

 

Seems weird that if it wasn't going to work it wouldn't even detect it but it does.

 

Anybody else had this issue or found a work around?


 

I think I alrady mentioned above - USB charging is not like charing from wall. The Vita doesn't show it's charging but it is....

 

Have you tried running the battery down by playing it for a bit and tehn leaving it on USB to see if bat goes up?

 

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As above, try leaving it and see if it charges, if not then try leaving it in standby instead of fully off THEN see if the charge increases.

 

I wouldn't be surprised if it ONLY works when still turned on/staqndby as it could be like the PS3 controller, it won't charge until the PC tells it everything is okay.  Despite the fact the official instructions say the opposite.

 

Its likely the official instructions are just plain wrong as they refer to the original firmware behaviour of the Playstation button LED despite the fact it was changed in a newer firmware so its always lit when powered on, before it only lit up for notifications.

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Can you not charge from a power socket ?
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This is a known issue and is the same issue that causes USB charging woes on PSPGo.

 

The following mod of a usb extension cable will solve your problems.

 

http://www.snapturtle.com/wp/2012/02/22/ps-vita-usb-charging-solved/

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That method removes data function so you wouldn't be able to transfer with the cable after.
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It removes data function from the USB extension cable NOT the PS Vita cable. Remove the extension and you can sync just fine. This is about charging.
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I'm on my second vita now. It charges fine straight from the box but after the first charge that's it, it won't charge from a socket or USB on a computer. Clearly there's a manufacturing issue here!
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Canstee wrote:
I'm on my second vita now. It charges fine straight from the box but after the first charge that's it, it won't charge from a socket or USB on a computer. Clearly there's a manufacturing issue here!
You may be unlucky and got to faulty units but it's certainly not a manufacturing issue as it works fine for most people.
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The charging lead is in upside down :D
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All hes doing is routing the power down 2 lines instead of 4, mine charges fine from a powered hub no problem
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Hi, i am having a charging issue.. i have some amount of charge left in my vita. i have tried it charging via computer as well as power cord. nthing is working. the orange light comes up for 2 seconds and then nthing..! at times no orange light comes up.. its having this problem for months nw. i keep tring and once in a while it charges, once i use the charge and try charging again, this same problem happens... im sure my vita logo is facing up and the usb charging option is ticked and my ps vita is turned completely off when im charging... hope sony takes this as a serious issue and make some free replacement or repairs for such customers..! im so disappointed...!

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finny2191 wrote:

Hi, i am having a charging issue.. i have some amount of charge left in my vita. i have tried it charging via computer as well as power cord. nthing is working. the orange light comes up for 2 seconds and then nthing..! at times no orange light comes up.. its having this problem for months nw. i keep tring and once in a while it charges, once i use the charge and try charging again, this same problem happens... im sure my vita logo is facing up and the usb charging option is ticked and my ps vita is turned completely off when im charging... hope sony takes this as a serious issue and make some free replacement or repairs for such customers..! im so disappointed...!


 

You say 'power cord'. Is this the Sony supplied Vita power charger? If so, then you'll need to claim on your gaurentee or get it looked at I'm sorry to say.

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Canstee wrote:
I'm on my second vita now. It charges fine straight from the box but after the first charge that's it, it won't charge from a socket or USB on a computer. Clearly there's a manufacturing issue here!

 

This is no manufacturing issue. Vitas only accept USB charge easily from eather the Sony charger or from a PS3. You will be hard-pressed to charge a Vita from a bog-standard charger for a mobile phone, travel adaptor or similar.

Vitas will definitely not accept charge from a USB line that does not have its data line active. I'm not saying this is true for 100% of generic mains chargers, but none I have in my possession.

 

Reason for this? Well, it's easy. Why would Sony have you charge it from anything but a charger you pay them for. Much like the Vita memory card standard and charging cable it's deemed necessary to install.

 

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