Right front view of Sony SRS XB32 speaker.

Sony SRS XB32 Charging Indicator

The Sony SRS XB32 Charging Indicator is a small LED light in the back button panel. Find it just above the power input port.  This tells charging status. E.g. Whether it’s draining or charging, or whether it’s critically low or not when discharging.  But it neither shows charging progress, nor exactly how full the battery is. But it does pulsate orange when the speaker hits close-to-dead status. So in this post, we discuss how to read this Charging Indicator LED on the XB 32 speaker.

Note that for a more precise reading of charge percentage, see below.

Sony SRS XB32 Charging Indicator: How to Read the Lamp

1. The Lamp is Dark 

The Charging Indicator lamp is dark in the following scenarios:

    1. When you shut down the XB32, and you have no charger connected.
    2. When the charger IS present but the speaker finished charging to full, as shown next.
    3. And finally, this light is OFF when the speaker itself is ON, but the battery is not low. Thus this light is dark as long as the XB32 does not yet need charging.
Picture of the Sony SRS XB32 with a dark -CHARGE- light.
The Sony SRS XB32 with a dark -CHARGE- light.

2. The Sony SRS XB32 Charging Indicator Flashes Orange

With the charger unplugged, the XB32 running, and the speaker very low, this LED begins blinking orange.  This means that the speaker will shorty cut off due to a dying battery. So you should put it on the charge soon to avoid play interruption.

3. This LED Also Works as a Charging Status Lamp

This orange LED also lights steadily (no blinking) as the 32 recharges, as we see in the next picture.  On this unit, the light glowing is the only visual means of knowing that charging is happening.  But it does not show how far along the recharging is, until the light actually turns OFF.

Picture of the Charging Indicator light glowing orange.
The Charging Indicator light glowing orange.

Also note that this light should never flash on and off during recharging the speaker.  If you see this, then either your charger is faulty, or the speaker itself could be.

4. When the Light Goes Dark While Charging, Then Recharging is Complete

As speaker charging advances, the light stays steadily lit. No blinking. But after a few hours, charging finishes, and the lamp goes OFF to show this.  It goes dark in this case whether the speaker itself is ON or OFF. Note that the light turns OFF too, if you disconnect the charger before the charge cycle completes.

5. The Sony SRS XB32 Charging Indicator Is Not a Charge Remaining Meter

When unplugged from the charger, this light becomes the charge left indicator.  Well kind of.  So if it is dark when the speaker is ON, then some play time remains. However you cannot tell how much just by looking at the Charging Indicator light. If it flashes though, then you can deduce that the speaker is just about dead. But a more accurate reading this lamp does not provide.

Sony SRS XB32 Charging Indicator: Reading the Charge Percentage

However, you can also get a more precise reading on the percentage of the charge remaining. So you don’t have to do guess work by reading the Charging Indicator lamp alone.

Picture of the -LIGHT-BATT- button on the Sony SRS XB32.
The Sony SRS XB32 -LIGHT-BATT- button.

For that, just press and release the LIGHT-BATT button in the rear button panel. Find it just above and to the right of the USB-A output port. This makes the speaker announce the power remaining as a percentage value. Furthermore, it speaks this in a female voice.

Other Sony SRS XB32 Posts

    1. Sony SRS XB32 Bluetooth Pairing Procedure
    2. Pairing Two of These Speakers
    3. The Blinking Orange Light Problem
    4. How to Pair to an iPhone


    1. Official Sony SRS XB32 Support Page
    2. Where to Buy the Sony SRS XB32