Picture of the Sony SRS XB01 speaker, connected and charging.

Sony XB01 Charging Instructions

This piece gives Sony XB01 charging instructions. Recharge this speaker easily through the micro USB DC power input port, behind the water resistant door on the top right edge of the unit, shown in the pictures below. Note that you can still play your XB01 while recharging it, without increasing the replenish time too much, especially if you are using a higher-current USB charger.

Sony XB01 Charging Instructions Summary

First, the unit comes with a suitable USB-A to micro USB charger cord. But you must provide a strong enough AC or car supply with a USB-A female connector, to plug that lead into.  This particular speaker requires about 2.5 watts (5 volts at 500 milliamps) for the shortest charge time of three (3) hours. Note that using a charger that offers more current than this will not appreciably decrease the charging time of this speaker.

Now then, once you choose the charger you will use, plug it into a “live” AC outlet.

Then after three hours, the XB01 finishes charging.  So it’s ready to play once more for up to six (6) hours before needing another recharge.

Sony XB01 Charging Instructions, Step by Step

1. Choose an Adequate Size AC or Car Adapter

As mentioned earlier, the power adapter you use should provide 5 volts and at least 0.5 amps (2.5 watts).  So here, we use the Key Power model HDD15-3-PD USB power delivery system along with a thick-enough micro USB supply cable.

2. Open the Port Cap Door

Use a fingernail, dime, penny, or small screwdriver to pry open the waterproof seal port cover on the XB01 back.

Picture of the closed port door on the Sony XB01.
The closed port door on the Sony XB01.

See the opened power port compartment in the next picture.  Take care not to scratch the delicate seal around the inside edge of this cap, lest it no longer seal properly.

Picture of the micro USB DC power input port. Sony XB01 Charging Instructions.
The micro USB DC power input port.

Prying open this door exposes the micro USB charging port inside, as shown in the last picture, pointed at by the bright green arrow.

3. Power OFF the Speaker to Continue with Sony XB01 Charging Instructions

Note that the SRSXB01 still charges when powered ON.  But depending on how much extra charging juice your supply delivers, the speaker might recharge a bit faster when it’s not running.  It will definitely charge more rapidly when you’re not playing it at louder volumes.

4. Plug the USB Cord into the XB01

Then, plug the matching end of your charging cable into the DC input micro USB port on the speaker, as we see in the next photo.

Picture of a micro USB charging cord inserted into the speaker's DC input port.
A micro USB charging cord inserted into the speaker’s DC input port.

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

If the supply you use has a removable wire, then be sure to connect the matching end of the USB power cable to the AC or car adapter you have.

6. Plug the USB Adapter into a Working Wall Receptacle to Continue with Sony XB01 Charging

Now that we connected the XB01 and our adapter, we then plug the mains end of the supply box into a working AC outlet, as shown next. We connected ours to a GE surge protecting power strip.

Picture of the speaker connected and charging.
Showing the speaker connected and charging.

The CHARGE lamp then lights up solid orange on the speaker, as we see next.

Picture of the CHARGE lamp glowing. Sony XB01 Charging Instructions.
The CHARGE light glowing.

7. Let the XB01 Continue Charging Until the CHARGE Light Goes Dark

Full battery recharging finishes when the CHARGE lamp turns off, as shown next.

A dark -CHARGE- light on the Sony XB01.
The Sony XB01 showing a dark -CHARGE- lamp.

8. Unplug the Micro USB Charging Cable from the Speaker

9. Fully Close the Port Door / Cap

Note that unless you seat the port cap fully, water may run into its ports. And, since water and electronic components do not work well together, getting those connections wet might degrade them. So be sure to press this door closed with enough force to fully seat it, for maximum moisture protection.

Picture of the correctly closed port door on the speaker.
The correctly closed port door on the speaker.

10. Done with Sony XB01 Charging !

We have now fully charged our XB01 speaker.

Finally, repeat this recharging every (up to) twelve hours of play, to keep the battery in top condition for at least several years to come.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-12: First published.