Left front view of the Sony SRS XB32 speaker.

How to Check Sony SRS XB32 Battery Life

Covers how to check battery life and level on the Sony Extra Bass SRS XB32 Bluetooth speaker, and also, how to know if the battery life is shortening over time.

How to Check Battery Life on the Sony SRS XB32 Extra Bass Speaker, Current Charge

1. First, Turn ON the XB32

You won’t be able to read battery charge status unless the speaker is ON.

Picture of the -Power- button on the Sony SRS XB32 speaker. How to Check Sony SRS XB32 Battery Life.
Sony SRS XB32 speaker -Power- button.

To turn on the speaker, press and release the Power button, pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.

The little lamp on the front of the speaker should then light up, as shown next, and the speaker may make a two-beep sound if it pairs to a nearby device.  If it does not turn on, then the battery could be completely dead.

Picture of the glowing -Power- lamp.
The -Power- light glowing

But as long as there’s some energy in the battery, the speaker should power up.  When it does, move on to the next step.

2. Look at the CHARGE Lamp on the XB32

Note that this speaker has no battery gauge that you can read visually to let you know exactly how much charge is left, though you can hear the percentage by pressing the BATT button on the back button panel.  But a quick-glance way you can tell if the battery is on the verge of going dead by looking at the CHARGE lamp. When the battery is not critically low, this lamp is dark. But when the speaker has very little charge left, the lamp flashes orange. The next picture shows the lamp location.  It’s just above the USB input port.

Picture of the -CHARGE- lamp glowing orange on the Sony SRS XB32 speaker.
The Sony SRS XB32 speaker -CHARGE- light glowing orange.

How to Check Battery Life on the Sony SRS XB32, Overall Battery Condition

When the speaker is new, and using a full power USB charger, the battery charge time is about four and a half (4.5) hours. And, the fully charged battery should last for around sixteen (16) hours of play time before going dead again, when played at medium volume levels.

A sign of an aging battery, is that it goes dead too fast, or takes less than four hours or more than six hours to recharge. So if you fully charge your speaker, but it only plays for under twelve hours before dying, its battery may be going bad, and unable to hold a full charge anymore.

The Sony SRS XB32 speaker with a dark -CHARGE- light.

It might mean also, that the charger you’re using is not strong enough to recharge the speaker in the specified charge time of 4.5 hours.

Also, slow (or no) charging might happen because your charge cord is too thin.  So for best results, we recommend a full-current USB cable (one that easily carries 2.1 amps). 

Finally, when all else checks out, it may be that your speaker itself has gone bad.

Other Posts About the Sony SRS XB32 Speaker

    1. How to Tell if Sony SRS XB32 is Charging
    2. Connecting the Sony SRS XB32 to the iPhone
    3. How to Make Sony SRS XB32 Discoverable
    4. Sony SRS XB32 Pairing Instructions
    5. Sony SRS XB32 Battery Indicator Explained

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References for How to Check Sony SRS XB32 Battery Life

    1. Sony SRS XB32 Speakers Product Page at Sony.com

Change History

    • 2020-09-26: First published.
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