The glowing -CHARGE- lamp on the Sony SRS XB22 speaker.

How to Tell if Sony SRS XB22 is Charging

How to tell if Sony SRS XB22 wireless Bluetooth speaker is charging?  This tabletop speaker has an orange LED light in its rear button and panel, just to the right of the micro USB power input port, as shown in the following picture.  This light that Sony calls the CHARGE lamp flashes orange when the battery is nearly dead. So it does tell battery level (to a degree).  When the speaker is not on the charge and this lamp blinks on and off in slow pulses, it means to CHARGE the speaker. The flashing means that the battery will soon run out of energy.  But also, to see if the XB22 is charging, check out this LED for this as well.  We explain how to read it next.

How to Tell if the Sony SRS XB22 is Charging

Connect your XB22 to USB Power

Of course, you can rest assured that the speaker is NOT charging with no power cable feeding the speaker.

Check that the  CHARGE LED is Glowing Solid Orange

When the speaker is OFF, you can tell if the Sony SRS XB22 is charging if this light glows steady orange.  This constant glow occurs while charging, when the speaker is either ON, paired, or, OFF. When no charger is powering the unit, this light blinks when the battery has about run all the way out of power.

If the SRS XB22 CHARGE lamp flashes when the power cord is connected, then the speaker is likely NOT charging.  So you should check that your USB cable, adapter charger, and power source are in working order.  Try a new adapter or a known good cord.  You want this light glowing without flashing to know for sure that the XB22 is charging.

The glowing -CHARGE- lamp on the Sony SRS XB22 speaker.
Sony SRS XB22 -CHARGE- lamp glowing.

Check XB22 Temperature

The button panel on the XB22 may warm a little as the speaker charges to boot. Plus, most power adapters you juice it with will also heat too.  This warming is a great sign of speaker charging going on, so long as there’s not too much of, or none of it.

As speaker recharging advances, the CHARGE LED persists with its glowing.  But unlike some of the higher grade wireless speakers, the XB22 gives no visual reading of just how far along the charging is, just that it is still in progress.

Ask the XB22 to Tell you Battery Full Percentage While it Charges

But you can hear how charging is progressing by pressing the BATT button, also found in the back button panel. Pressing the BATT pushbutton gets the XB22 to speak the current percentage of charge in the battery, in a female voice.

The -BATT- button on the Sony SRS XB22 speaker.
The Sony SRS XB22 speaker -BATT- button.

When the CHARGE LED Darkens, Charging is Done

The battery charge cycle is finished when the CHARGE LED goes dark.

Picture of the dark -CHARGE- lamp on the Sony SRS XB22 speaker.
Sony SRS XB22 with dark -CHARGE- light.

Even with the charger cord still juicing the unit, and when the speaker is OFF or ON, the CHARGE lamp stops glowing when the battery hits the full mark. We see this in the last picture above.  The speaker indeed no longer recharges when the battery reaches full charge condition and this light shuts off.

Finally, Unplug the Sony SRS XB22 and Power it Up

With the micro USB cable disconnected, we cannot know just by reading the CHARGE or Status LEDs, just how much the SRS XB22 actually recharged, only that it did charge some. It typically does charge to full though, as long as we wait until the CHARGE lamp goes out before unplugging the external power supply. Note that if this lamp does not flash when you next turn on the speaker, then the battery likely did charge.

Again though, we can press the BATT button when the speaker is running, and if charging completed properly, it will say, “Battery fully charged,” to us in the lady’s voice.

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Revision History

    • 2021-09-26: First posted.