Dark Charge lamp on the Sony SRS XB13 speaker.

Sony SRS XB13 Charging Instructions

This piece gives Sony SRS XB13 speaker charging instructions. Recharge the speaker easily through the USB-C power in port, behind the water resistant door, shown in the pictures that follow. Note that you can still play your XB13 personal speaker as it charges, without much raising the recharge time.

First, pick a strong enough USB power supply, as no AC adapter comes with the Sony SRS XB13.  Next, connect a medium to high current USB-C charge cable between the speaker and that adapter (the speaker comes with a short USB-C to USB-A cord). Then, plug the charger into a working wall outlet. Then after four to five hours, your XB13 finishes charging.  So it’s ready to play once more for up to sixteen (16) hours before needing another recharge.

Sony SRS XB13 Charging, Step by Step Directions

1. Choose Correctly Sized AC or Car Adapter

The charger you use should provide 5 volts and at least 0.5 amps (2.5 watts), and at most 2.4 amps (15 watts).  Here, we use a Key Power model HDD15-3-PD USB power delivery system.  Thus this Key Power unit supplies way more than enough power to accomplish the task at hand.

2. Open the Port Cap

Use a fingernail, dime, penny, or small screwdriver to work open the waterproof seal port cover on the XB13. See the closed power port door in the next picture.  Be careful not to scratch the delicate seal around the inside edge of this door.

Picture of the closed port compartment cap on the Sony SRS XB13 speaker. Sony SRS XB13 Charging.
The Sony SRS XB13 speaker closed port compartment cap.

Prying open this cap exposes the USB-C charging port inside, as shown next, pointed at by the green arrow.

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

3. Power OFF the Unit to Continue with Sony SRS XB13 Charging

Note that the SRSXB13 still charges when powered ON.  But depending on how much above-and-beyond recharging capacity your charger supplies, the speaker might charge a bit faster when switched OFF.

4. Plug the USB-C Cord into the XB13

Then, plug the matching end of a USB-C charge cable into the port, as seen in the next shot.

Picture of the USB-C charge cord inserted into the speaker.
The USB-C charge cord inserted into speaker.

5. Plug the Other End of the USB Cable into your Charger Supply

Next, connect the matching end of the USB power cable to the AC or car adapter.

6. Plug the USB Adapter into a Working Wall Receptacle to Continue with Sony SRS XB13 Charging

Now that we connected the XB13 and our adapter, we then plug the mains end of the supply into a working household outlet, as shown next. We plugged ours into a surge protecting power strip.

Picture of the Sony SRS XB13 speaker on the charge.
The Sony SRS XB13 speaker on the charge.

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 glowing CHARGE lamp.
The CHARGE lamp glowing.

7. Let the XB13 Charging Continue Until the CHARGE Light Goes Out

Full battery charging is complete when the CHARGE lamp near the bottom of the speaker turns off, as shown next.

Picture of the dark CHARGE lamp. Sony SRS XB13 Charging.
The CHARGE lamp is OFF (dark).

8. Unplug the USB-C Charging Cord from the Speaker, to Continue with Sony SRS XB13 Charging

9. Fully Close the Port Cap / Door

Note that unless you seat the port cap securely, water may leak into its USB-C charging port. And, since water and electronics generally do not go together well, getting that connector wet might damage the sensitive contacts inside. So be sure to press the port door closed with enough force to fully seat it, for maximum moisture protection.

Picture of the closed port compartment cap on the speaker. How to Charge Sony SRS XB13.
The speaker with its closed port compartment cap.

10. Done with Sony SRS XB13 Charging !

We have now fully charged our XB13.

Finally, repeat this recharging every sixteen hours of play, to keep the battery in top condition for years.

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References for Sony SRS XB13 Charging

  1. Sony SRS XB13 Speakers Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

  • 2021-09-21: First published.
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