My battery leaked into my Oculus Go controller. What do I do?

Note: This article applies only to Oculus Go controllers.

Sometimes alkaline batteries can get too hot, or they will over discharge. This causes some of the alkaline material that is inside the battery to leak out. If this happens inside of your Oculus Go controller, it could prevent it from functioning properly.

  1. Here are some of the steps you can take to correct this issue:

  2. Remove the damaged battery from the battery compartment and discard it according to your local regulatory authority's guidelines for disposal of batteries.

    1. Clean the controller compartment (tools required: a pencil with a rubber eraser, a VR cleaning wipe or approved alternative, and a can of compressed air.)

    2. Using the rubber eraser on the pencil, break up any heavy corrosion inside the battery compartment, especially any that is on the metal battery connection terminals.

    3. Using the VR wipe, clean out the loose material and dissolve any of the stuck-on corrosion.

    4. When the metal terminals are clean, they should be shiny and not dull.

    5. Use the compressed air to blow out any debris that may be trapped underneath the terminals. You can also gently tap the controller to remove any debris. Do this with the battery compartment open and facing a flat surface like a table.

  3. Install a new battery. Strivr recommends using a battery designed for high output devices like the VR headset. Typically, these are Lithium Ion batteries, and available in the same area of the store you would find traditional batteries. These batteries are less prone to the overheating and over discharging than alkaline batteries, and should not leak.

  4. Once you have installed the new batteries, follow the instructions for Re-Pairing an Oculus Go Controller.