Got a Xbox 360 Controller Battery That is Not Charging?

So guys if you have an Xbox 360 and you got yourself a wireless controller, I bet you have had batteries “dying” on you before. Fear no more, I have two quick solutions to fix this. The both worked for me for separate batteries. I have a white pack here in which the first method worked and a red one in which the second one worked.

First Method

I must say thanks to the guys at Gamespot and especially LightSpecter101 in his post there.

Basically using your play and charge kit, a controller and said “dead” battery pack, you put on your 360, plug in your play and charge kit and put the battery in a controller. Plug the play and charge kit into the controller and you should see the light turn red. This means it is charging. But quickly it goes green. Green means it is not charging. As soon as it turns green unplug it from the play and charge kit and replug it in again.

You must repeat this process until the red light remains on. The poster goes into detail as to why this is so via the link above.

The Second Method

Thankfully i came across this method as I have a red controller with a red battery pack (I must thanks to jadedmoonstudio for lending me his whole setup) and it simply was not charging! Youtube did have an answer for us. Thanks to from Youtube, his “paperclip fix” worked well!

Basically there are six terminals and you take the paperclip and short the 2nd and 5th terminal (left to right). Keep doing this until the clip stops getting hot.

Then, put the clip on the 1st and 5th terminal and then 2nd and 6th terminal to reset the logic board. All of this is outlined in the video above.

What i did after was put the battery to charge and it has been charging for over 5 minutes straight now (red light woohoo).

Feel free to leave a comment if you wish.

Good luck

God Bless


    • resee74
    • October 23rd, 2011

    I tried your trick but instead of it charging correctly my system won’t turn on now.

    • UnDeadDad69
    • November 4th, 2011

    Thanks for the second tip. I was going to sit with my meter and try to figure out the + & – terminals to try to drain it. Could take some time and if you get it wrong you can damage the logic board. I’ll do a follow up after I’m done.

  1. Its not my trick, its what I found online. And yea, its a bit iffy. I think mines are dead because I didn’t charge in a while…

    • March 12th, 2012

    My battery would not have any light at all, save for an initial green flash on the plug and play charge indicator. After draining the battery, as in the second pro tip, I am now successfully charging. Thanks B. Stay fly and get high.

    • chad
    • March 25th, 2012

    how do you charge it if your play and charge kit broke

    • good question… i suggest you borrow one 😦
      thanks for reading! sorry that your own is broken though.

    • ethicsg
    • April 10th, 2012

    I just broke mine open and charged the batteries externally. Tried reset but it still gets no light on the charger. Any other tricks?

    • haha cool! I might just have to break open mines as well. I think they have died completely now.

    • John27
    • April 24th, 2012

    I did these methods and none of them worked.

    • willz
    • July 12th, 2012

    2nd tip worked for me, awesome πŸ™‚

    • Josh
    • September 3rd, 2012

    Thanks, worked a charm on 1 of 3 packs. Pain about the other ones but i think they were left out too long and just died over time. Cheers for the tip though! πŸ˜€

    • Glad at least one worked man! Recently I had to do the same for a red pack and it took a few tries using the shorting trick and the plug and play kit.

    • Brian A
    • September 3rd, 2012

    This worked for me! I bought pinkl battery packs for like 1 dollar on amazon because they were cheap and from the first gen console. I recently encountered the problem where my charge light flashed green for a milisecond then did not light at all. You can see on the dashboard that there is no battery meter whole it was plugged in. Long story short all i had to do was reset the logic. I didnt even drain the juice and it worked!!!!!!!! I’m going to try this with the other battery pack which was doing this since it arrived from the store.

    • Harrison
    • October 5th, 2012

    Just worked for me too, thanks so much!

    • lello
    • November 11th, 2012

    There’s another trick. Plug and unplug the usb cable in a pc?s usb port.
    Aftert many tries red light should go red.
    Happy recharging!

  2. Glad to see it worked.

    It seems these batteries fail for two possible reasons.

    1. The battery is improperly conditioned (charge/discharge)
    2. The indicator circuit is faulty, needs to be reset.

    Either way, this fix solves both πŸ˜›


    • Shawn
    • December 8th, 2012

    The second trick worked for mine. Thanks for your help! I was about ready to give up and buy a replacement.

    • Kai
    • December 16th, 2012

    hey i know its an old post but just found it on Google and god your a lifesaver dude nice trick πŸ™‚

  3. Just leave it in .. It charges, well at least for me it does

    • January 2nd, 2013

    i just bought one and as soon as i plug it in it flashes green then no light, all batteries and charger are new none work?

    • Jim
    • January 7th, 2013

    Method 2 worked for me. Thanks

    • Gerard
    • January 29th, 2013

    Didn’t think it would work but the first trick worked for me πŸ˜€

    • Dave
    • February 22nd, 2013

    The second trick worked for mine too. The battery is new but the first method wouldn,t work.

    • John
    • March 2nd, 2013

    For me it destroyed it. If it was good in the first place. Tried the second method and the battery won’t light up on the charger at all now. Used to go straight green.

    • That’s sad. May be it wasn’t recoverable 😦
      I did this to a few batteries a couple times. Try the 2nd method over and see if it works. May be it wasn’t reseted properly.

  1. October 28th, 2011

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