Best charging cable for Oculus Quest & Oculus Quest 2 in 2023
Need to replace your Quest charging cable? You can't go wrong with these.
The Meta Quest 2 ships with a one-meter cable; however, it's far too short to safely use when wearing the headset. While Meta officially recommends that you should "only charge your headset with the charger that was included in the box," you can still find alternative cables easily, with many designed for Oculus Link.
So whether you lost the cable that came in the box or you want an Oculus Quest 2 replacement charging cord to make room-scale PC VR easier and safer, we've rounded up a variety of options that will fit your needs.
The best cables to charge your Quest 2
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If you just want a basic no-frills charging cable, Meta sells official replacement cables on its site. Admittedly, they're a bit overpriced for a one-meter cable; still, at least you know for sure that it will (supposedly) preserve the longevity of the headset by providing the correct amount of voltage. Being able to recharge your headset in just a couple of hours, it's the safest replacement cable for Quest 2 owners who don't need it for Link.
Unmatched for PC VR
This whopping 16-foot cable serves two purposes. The obvious one is, of course, charging your headset using the included 10W charger to refill your battery at top speed. But more importantly, it also can connect to your PC to play Rift or SteamVR games, with enough length to let you move around the room with some freedom. It'll charge in this mode, but the headset will still drain over time.
Long and fast
Practically any USB-C to USB-C cable will work with the standard Quest or Quest 2 power adapter, but the short length of the included cable forces you to keep the Quest 2 right next to the outlet. This 15-foot nylon braided alternative will let your Quest sit anywhere nearby that's convenient and is durable enough to handle any accidental yanks — it just doesn't have the data transfer speed for Link.
Charge your headset and controllers at once
This dock technically has a four-foot cable inside, so we'll include it here. Aside from the cable, the dock allows you to simultaneously charge your Quest 2 and both Touch controllers. It ships with rechargeable batteries and custom battery covers that allow the controllers to recharge without removing the batteries. The only downside is that the headset won't fit into the dock if the Elite Strap with Battery is attached.
Cheap, colorful charging
Anyone looking to replace the official Quest 2 charging cable can get one of these reliable cables for half the price and in 19 colors at either 1, 6, or 10 feet in length. It's perfect if you want a basic cable but want something more fun than the standard white and grey colors. Unfortunately, these WiRoTechs aren't built for Link-quality data transfer; still, they easily slot into the power adapter and get your headset recharged in no time.
Official Oculus Link alternative
While Meta would prefer you to buy the official Link cable, this serves as a more affordable (though shorter) alternative. In fact, its developers named it as the one alternative cable it tested that works to its satisfaction. It'll connect to a standard PC USB port without needing an adapter, but unfortunately, it won't plug into the standard power adapter for charging without one.
Right-angled Link cable
This USB 3.2 to USB-C cable maxes out to 16 feet, though if you find that's a little too much cord for your liking, you can downgrade to 13 or 10 feet to suit your needs. It also has a right-angle USB-C head, matching the official cable. This gives you a much better fit into the headset, as a straight connector can cause more damage or even break off inside the headset if it's yanked too hard. It's a popular choice for frugal Oculus Link users.
Top them off
BeswinVR makes a unique charge kit for the Meta Quest 2's 3rd-gen Oculus Touch controllers, which comes with a particular rechargeable battery, replacement battery door, and a magnetic charging cable. The trick here is that these batteries have a little magnetic charger that fits inside the window on the replacement battery doors, enabling quick charging without removing the batteries. Pick them up with a BeswinVR grip set for extra comfort.
The Meta Quest 2 only pulls a set amount of charge, so Power Delivery cables are extreme overkill for recharging the headset. But if you want a cable that'll charge all your tech quickly, including your smartphones or laptops, this 60W cable will serve them all universally. Made of double-braided nylon, it'll even last you for years. Keep in mind that it doesn't have the data speeds necessary for Oculus Link, nor the length to play comfortably with it plugged in.
How to find the best Quest 2 replacement charging cables
There are two categories of products that could fit the bill here. Some people just want a longer USB-C cable to slot into the included Quest power adapter. In contrast, others want an Oculus Link-compatible USB 3.0 to USB-C cable to simultaneously handle data transfer and power charging. Whichever of the two you choose — if not both — they should be compatible with either the Meta Quest or Meta Quest 2. The exceptions on this list are the Anker Charging Dock and BeswinVR Charge Kit, which only work with Quest 2 and its touch controllers.
Remember that Meta recommends you only use their official Quest 2 headset cable for charging or the Oculus Link cable for PC VR. The charging cable is only 1m, making it too short to charge your headset while you wear it, but Meta support also suggests that you "avoid charging your headset while it's in use." This is because the headset can get too hot while charging and playing, which could cause performance or stability issues. If you're willing to take that risk and want a longer USB-C cable, look for one that at least hits 5V 3A, so it gives your headset enough juice, such as the uni Long USB Type C cable listed above or any of the best USB-C cables available.
It's worth noting that most Oculus Link cables will not keep the Quest powered indefinitely. Users have found that the headset doesn't really start to pull a charge from any cable until the power level hits 80% or lower; after that, the cable will give the headset more power, but your battery will still steadily drain. That being said, some Link cables charge and transfer data better than others. If you can't afford the official Meta option, Anker and TNE are great options, or you can check out some of the other best Link cable alternatives for the Meta Quest 2.
If you're looking for a way to extend your Meta Quest or Meta Quest 2's battery life without relying on a cable, try one of the best Meta Quest 2 battery packs, which you can strap directly to your headset to extend the battery life for hours upon hours.
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Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.
- Nicholas SutrichSenior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
- Nick RansbottomFreelance writer, VR/AR