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The Quest 2 charging cable is too short. Here are some alternatives!

The Oculus Quest 2 ships with a 1m cable, far too short to safely use while wearing the headset. While Oculus officially recommends "you should only charge your headset with the charger that was included in the box," you can still find alternative cables easily, with many designed for Oculus Link. So whether you lost the cable that came in the box or want an Oculus Quest 2 replacement charging cord to make room-scale PC VR easier and safer, we've rounded up a variety of options that will fit your needs.

Guaranteed compatibility

Quest 2 headset cable (1m)

Staff Pick

If you just want a charging cable, Oculus sells replacement cables on its site. Admittedly, they're a bit overpriced for a 1m cable. Still, at least you know for sure that it'll (supposedly) preserve the longevity of the headset by providing the correct amount of voltage. Able to recharge your headset in just a couple of hours, it's the safest replacement cable for Quest 2 owners that don't need it for Link. (Note: We can't link directly to the cable; scroll down Oculus's accessories page to find it.)

$19 at Oculus

A Link to the Fast

TNE 16ft Link Cable

$20 at Amazon

Charge and Play

TNE's 16ft USB-C to USB-C cable is long enough to plug into a charger so you can play longer without worrying about tugging on the cable. Like the official Oculus Link cable, this one has a 90-degree-angle end to keep the cable in better shape over time and a handy velcro strap to keep strain off the connector. It's also fast enough to run Oculus Link for desktop PC VR experiences. Just make sure your PC can handle full USB 3.0 speeds before trying this!

Charge everything

Anker Charging Dock for Oculus Quest 2

This dock technically has a 4-foot cable inside, so we'll include it here! Recharge your Quest 2 and both Touch controllers simultaneously. It ships with rechargeable batteries and custom battery covers so the controllers can recharge without taking the batteries out. The only negative is that the headset doesn't fit with the Elite Strap with Battery attached.

$99 at Amazon $99 at Oculus

Unmatched for PC VR

Oculus Link cable

This 16-foot cable serves two purposes. The obvious one is that it can connect to your PC to play Rift or SteamVR games, with enough length to let you move around the room with some freedom. In this mode, it'll charge, but the headset will still drain over time. As for standard charging, this USB-C to USB-C cable can also slot into the included 10W charger and refill your battery at top speed.

$79 at Amazon $79 at Best Buy $79 at Oculus

Long and fast

uni Long USB Type C 15ft Fast Charging Nylon Braided Cable (5A 20V)

Practically any USB-C to USB-C cable will work with the standard Quest or Quest 2 power adapter, but the included cable forces you to keep the Quest 2 right next to the outlet. This 15-foot nylon braided cable will let your Quest sit anywhere nearby that's convenient and is durable enough to handle any yanks. It just doesn't have the data transfer speed for Link.

$17 at Amazon

Short and speedy

VR Cover Premium USB-C Cable for Oculus Quest 2 (2m)

Only twice as long as the official charging cable, this VR Cover alternative is rated to handle Oculus Link and costs much less than most alternatives, in exchange for a short length. It only works if you stay seated directly next to your PC, but it can handle up to 5Gbps and charging up to 20V/3A, more than enough for a quick top-off. This 3.2 Gen 1 USB-C cable will plug into the official Oculus power adapter, too.

$9 at Amazon

Cheap, colorful charging

WiRoTech Blue USB-C to USB-C Fast Charging Cable

Anyone looking to replace the official Quest 2 charging cable can get one of these reliable cables for half the price. Available in 19 colors and at either 1-, 6-, or 10-feet long, these WiRoTechs aren't built for Link-quality data transfer. Still, they will easily slot into the power adapter and get your headset recharged in no time.

From $10 at Amazon

Official Oculus Link alternative

Anker USB C Cable, Powerline USB 3.0 to USB C Charger Cable (10ft)

While Oculus would prefer you to buy the official Link cable, this serves as a more affordable (if shorter) alternative. In fact, its developers named it as the one alternative cable it tested that works to its satisfaction. It'll connect to a standard PC USB port without needing an adapter, but unfortunately, it won't plug into the standard power adapter for charging without one.

$27 at Amazon

Right-angled Link cable

TNE Link Cable for Oculus Quest 2

This USB 3.2 to USB-C cable maxes out to 16 feet, though you can downgrade to 13 or 10 depending on what you need. It also has a right-angle USB-C head, matching the official cable. This gives you a much better fit into the headset, while a straight connector can cause more damage or even break off inside the headset if you yank it too hard. It's a popular choice for frugal Oculus Link users.

$18 at Amazon

Top them off

BeswinVR Quest 2 Controller Charge Kit

$52 at Amazon

BeswinVR makes a unique charge kit for the Oculus Quest 2's 3rd-gen Oculus Touch controllers that comes with a particular rechargeable battery, replacement battery door, and a magnetic charging cable. The trick here is that these batteries have a little magnetic charger that fits inside the window on the replacement battery doors, enabling quick charging without removing the batteries. Pick them up with a BeswinVR grip set for extra comfort.

Charge everything

Anker Powerline+ III

$30 at Amazon

The Oculus Quest 2 only pulls a set amount of charge, so Power Delivery cables are extreme overkill for recharging the headset. But if you want a cable that'll charge all your tech quickly, including your smartphones or laptops, this 60W cable will serve them all universally. Made of double-braided nylon, it'll even last you for years. Keep in mind that it doesn't have the data speeds necessary for Oculus Link, nor the length to play comfortably with it plugged in.

Yet another Link alternative

VR Cover Premium USB-C Cable for Oculus Quest 2 (5m)

$49 at Amazon

One of the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories available today, the 5m VR Cover USB-C cable is another reliable option if you want both a Quest 2 replacement charging cable and a Link cable. Sixteen feet long, this cable can transfer up to 10Gbps of data and 20V/3A of power, matching the specs of the official cable for much less.

How to find the best Quest 2 replacement charging cables

There are two categories of products that could fit the bill here. Some people just want a longer USB-C cable to slot into the included Quest power adapter. In contrast, others want an Oculus Link-compatible USB 3.0 to USB-C cable to handle data transfer and power charging simultaneously. Whichever of the two you choose — if not both — they should work with either the Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2. The exceptions on this list are the Anker Charging Dock and BeswinVR Charge Kit, which only works with Quest 2 and its touch controllers.

Remember that Oculus recommends you only use their official Quest 2 headset cable for charging or the Oculus Link cable for PC VR. The charging cable is only 1m, making it too short to charge your headset while you wear it, but Oculus support also suggests that you "avoid charging your headset while it's in use." This is because the headset can get too hot while charging and playing, which could cause performance or stability issues. If you're willing to take that risk and want a longer USB-C cable, look for one that at least hits 5V 3A, so it gives your headset enough juice, such as the uni Long USB Type C cable listed above or any of the best USB-C cables available.

It's worth noting that most Oculus Link cables will not keep the Quest powered indefinitely. Users have found that the headset doesn't really start to pull a charge from any cable until the power level hits 80% or lower; after that, the cable will give the headset more power, but your battery will still steadily drain. That being said, some Link cables charge and transfer data better than others. If you can't afford the official Oculus option, Anker, and TNE are great options, or you can check out some of the other best Link cable alternatives for the Oculus Quest 2.

If you're looking for a way to extend your Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2's battery life without relying on a cable, try one of the best Oculus Quest 2 battery packs, which you can strap directly to your headset to extend the battery life for hours upon hours.

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