Picture of the Sony SRS XB23 speaker, connected and finished charging.

How to Charge Sony XB23

This piece covers how to charge the Sony XB23 BT speaker. Do this easily through the USB-C power in port, shown in the pictures below. Note that you can still play your XB23 as it recharges, without raising the charging time by a whole lot.

First, pick a powerful enough USB adapter, as no charger comes with this particular Sony BT speaker.  Next, connect a medium to high current USB cable (one that easily handles 1.5 amps) between the speaker and that adapter (the speaker comes with a suitable but short USB-C to USB-A cord). Then, plug the charger into a working wall outlet. Finally, after four hours or so, your XB 23 finishes recharging.  So it’s ready to play once more for up to twelve (12) hours before needing another charge-up.

How to Charge Sony XB23, Step by Step

1. Choose Correct Size AC or Car Adapter

The charger you use should provide 5 volts and at least 0.5 amps (2.5 watts). But for fastest results, use one that can deliver 5 volts at 1.5 amps (7.5 watts). So with that in mind, we use here the Key Power model HDD15-3-PD USB charger station.  Now as we said earlier, this speaker needs roughly one and a half amps of current to recharge fully in the least time.  Thus, we chose this charger, because it supplies way more than enough capacity for this job.

Now you could use a small charger (0.5 amps), but this would increase the recharge time to more than ten (10) hours. Thus, we pick the higher current option here.

2. Power OFF the XB23 (Optional)

Note that the SRSXB23 still charges when running.  But depending on how much above-and-beyond recharging headroom that your charger supplies, the speaker might charge a trifle faster when switched OFF.

3. Plug the USB-C Cord into the Speaker

First, open the water resistant port door.

Picture of the closed port door on the Sony XB23.
The closed port door on the Sony XB23.

This exposes the USB-C input port as we see next.

Picture of the USB-C DC power input port.
The USB-C DC power input port.

Then, plug the small end of the cable into the port on the back of the speaker, as we see in the next shot.

Picture of a USB-C power cable inserted into the charging port on the Sony XB23.
A USB-C power cable inserted into the charging port on the Sony XB23.

4. Plug the Other End of the Cable into your Charger Adapter to Continue with How to Charge Sony XB23

Next, connect the large end of the cord to the AC or car adapter.

5. Plug the USB Adapter into a Working Wall Receptacle

Now that we connected the XB 23 and our adapter, we then plug the mains end of this power supply into a working AC outlet, as we show next. We connected ours to a power strip surge protector.

Picture of the XB23 finished charging.
The XB23 finished charging.

The status lamp lights up solid orange on the speaker. And while no battery status gauge shows percentage of charge, the glowing CHARGE lamp means that charging is occurring, as shown next.

The orange glowing -CHARGE- light on the Sony XB23.
Sony XB23 -CHARGE- lamp glowing orange.

6. Let the XB23 Charge Until the Orange CHARGE Light Goes Out

Full battery charging is complete when the solid glowing CHARGE lamp on the top panel, behind the Power button turns off, as shown next.

Picture of the dark -CHARGE- light.
The dark -CHARGE- lamp.

7. Unplug the Micro USB Cord

Also, close the port cap to maintain water resistance.

8. Done with How to Charge Sony XB23 !

We have now fully charged this Sony Bluetooth speaker.

Finally, repeat this recharging every twelve hours of play, or any time the 2`3 goes dead, to keep the battery in top condition for years to come.

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