Guide to PS4 Power Supply: Problems & Solutions

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Guide to PS4 Power Supply: Problems & Solutions

PS4 power supply problems can negatively impact the health of the console. In this guide, we will reveal what a PS4 power supply is, how many watts a PS4 uses, and the best PS4 charging solutions from Jackery.

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PS4 power supply problems are becoming more common than ever. The fluctuations in the main power can lead to problems with the internal PS4 power supply unit. For this reason, you'll need to look for the proper power source to supply stable electricity to the PS4. Blackouts, brownouts, and power outages can damage sensitive electronics like PlayStation 4 consoles.

Generally, PS4 consumes nearly between 165W and 310W. Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations come in compact sizes and have reasonable wattages to charge many appliances, including PS4 or PS5. The Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station and Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station have battery capacities of around 288Wh and 518Wh, respectively, to charge many home or outdoor appliances.

What is PS4 Power Supply?

A PS4 power supply is typically AC, 110V-240V, 50Hz/60Hz. The larger PS4 models have a power rating of 310W. On the other hand, the power supply for the PS4 Slim is slightly less, around 165W. However, the PS5 power supply will be different from the PS4 power supply. When charging with a faulty PS4 power supply, it will damage the console's functioning. A constant power supply will ensure the sensitive device can operate even during power outages or blackouts.

What Problems Does A PS4 Power Supply Have?

A defective or corrupted PS4 power supply means the console does not receive enough power, which can lead to subtle symptoms like graphical downgrades.

Here's a list of common problems caused by PS4 power supply and their respective solutions.

Irregular Display

If the PS4 monitor is displaying dots and lines when it shouldn't, chances are the PS4 system is not getting enough power from the supply unit, or there's some defect in the supply causing power fluctuations.

Whenever there is insufficient power, the CPU and graphics card will render inconsistent screen displays. This is particularly common in multi-monitor setups. The best method to resolve the issue is to choose a power supply source that is capable of supplying enough electricity to the PS4.

System Won't Turn On

When a PS4 or PS5 power supply is severely inadequate, the system won't turn on at all. If the system refuses to turn on, it could be due to other hardware problems, such as a broken PSU.

In this case, it's essential to add new components or upgrade old parts and see if the PS4 powers on. If it does not turn on, it might be because of a new defective component or the current power supply not being able to handle it.

Damaged Components

A defective or corrupt PS4 power supply can cause damage to many console components, such as CPU and hard drive. The sudden and unexpected power shocks due to a defective PS4 or PS5 power supply can lead to scratches on the HDD platter that can eventually damage the hard drive. You can consider replacing the damaged components to ensure the PS4 operates safely.

Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations are compact and powerful charging solutions that can power a wide range of electrical appliances, including PS4 or PS5. For example, the Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station has a LiFePO4 battery of 288Wh power capacity to charge different PS4 models.

How Does A PS4 Power Supply Work?

The PlayStation 4 (PS4) uses a built-in, wide voltage range (110–240 V, AC, 50 Hz/60 Hz) switched-mode power supply. The PS4 power supply works by converting AC to +5VDC and +12VDC, which are then fed to the motherboard and the rest of the system. However, if the power outage occurs when the PS4 is on, it causes the console to shut down unexpectedly and leads to data corruption. That's where the need for a reliable power station arises.

Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations are battery-operated inverter generators with many AC outlets, USB ports, and a DC carport. They use clean and sustainable solar energy to charge electrical appliances anytime and anywhere. The solar charging cables link the Jackery SolarSaga Solar Panels to the Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations. Having a Jackery Solar Generator will help you stay powered when the grid goes down.

how jackery explorer portable power station works for ps4

Some of the benefits of choosing Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations include:

  • You can charge a wide range of electronics that can improve the gaming experience, including TVs, lights, lamps, etc.
  • A reliable battery backup works for power outages, brownouts, and blackouts to keep essential home appliances charged.
  • These portable battery backups can protect sensitive electronics from unwanted and unexpected interruptions.

How Many Watts Does A PS4 Use?

The wattage of the PS4 power supply is different for each PS4 version. The PS4 Slim's power rating is 165W, whereas the original PS4 has a maximum wattage of 250W. The PS4 Pro's power supply is higher than that of other models and is generally around 310W. For more information, you can read the detailed guide about how many watts a PS4 uses.

Here's a table revealing the wattage of different PS4 power supply modes:

PS4 power supply specs

PS4 Pro

PS4 Slim

PS4 Original

















Power supply cord type




Input / Output ports

3*Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port, 1*AUX port

2*Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port, 1*AUX port

2*Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port, 1*AUX port

Supply power to USB ports

5W – 6.5W

4W – 6.3W

4W – 6.3W

Jackery offers many portable battery backups that can supply safe electricity to the appliances. The Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations have an advanced BMS (Battery Management System) to safely charge sensitive electronics like PS4 or PS5.

Jackery Portable Power Stations for PS4

If you're wondering what battery backups to pair with PS4 models, here is the list of the best Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations. Below, we will reveal the best Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations that work seamlessly with most types of PS4.

Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station 

The Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station offers energy storage of 518Wh, and you can think of it as a PS4 Pro power supply unit to charge gaming appliances for long hours. It's compact, portable, and weighs only 13.3 lbs. The advanced BMS (Battery Management System) protects the charging appliances from overvoltage and short circuits. Plus, you can recharge this battery backup with a car charger, a wall outlet, and Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels.

jackery explorer 500 ps4 power supply

Customer Review

"Used it at our tailgate the following Saturday. Worked great powering our 42-inch TV, and antenna, and charging a few iPhones. After 3 hours, we still had 76% power left." — Ynocencio Gonzalez.

Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station 

The Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station has a LiFePO4 battery of 288Wh and 300W output. It's small, weighs only 8.27 lbs, and can be carried around to charge many outdoor appliances. The LiFePO4 battery is durable, long-lasting, and can be charged for 3000+ cycles, making the Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station a lot more durable. It's compatible with Jackery SolarSaga 40W Solar Panels, so you can keep charging appliances even when the main grid is down.

jackery explorer 300 plus ps4 power supply unit

Customer Review

"The unit is well built, lightweight, and very reliable. I have many plans for it, from camping to road trips and equipment backup. I highly recommend this unit and plan to invest in more "plus" backups with higher capacity." Stanley Daniel.


Explorer 500 Portable Power Station

Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station




Battery Cell



Cycle Life

500 cycles to 80%+ capacity

3000 cycles to 80%+ capacity


Length: 11.8in (30cm)

Width: 7.6in (19.2cm)

Height: 9.5in (24.2cm)

Length: 9.1in (23cm)

Width: 6.1in (15.5cm)

Height: 6.6in (16.7cm)

Recharging Methods

AC Adapter: 7.5 Hours

Car Adapter (12V): 7.5 Hours

1*Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels: 9.5 Hours

AC Adapter: 2 Hours

Car Adapter (12V): 5.5 Hours

USB Charging: 2.8 H

1*Jackery SolarSaga 40W Solar Panels: 9.5 Hours

Output Ports

AC Output (x1): 110V, 60Hz, 500W (1000W Peak)

DC Output (x2): 12V⎓7A

USB-A Output (x3): 5V⎓2.4A

AC Output (x1): 120V, 60Hz, 300W (600W Peak)

USB-A Output (x1): 15W Max 5V⎓3A

USB-C Output (x1): 15W Max 5V⎓3A

USB-C Output (x2): 100W Max, 5V⎓3A (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

Working Hours

PS4 Slim (165W): 2.6H

PS4 Original (250W): 1.7H

PS4 Pro (310W): 1.4H

PS4 Slim (165W): 1.4H

PS4 Original (250W): 59 min

PS4 Power Supply FAQs

What size of power station do I need for PS4?

The size of the power station to charge a PS4 will depend on the PS4's wattage consumption and the time for which you need to run it. If the PS4 consumes more energy, it requires a large battery backup.

Here's an example:

Suppose you are charging a PS4 model (165W) with the Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station. The power station has a capacity of 518Wh. Here's how to calculate the working hours of the power station:

Working Time = Battery Capacity * 0.85 / Wattage Consumption of PS4 = 518Wh * 0.85 / 165W = 2.6 hours.

We have multiplied by 0.85 since there will be some power loss while charging the appliances.

How do I know if my PS4 power supply is bad?

To test the PS4 power supply, you need to plug something else (like a lamp) into the outlet that your PS4 console is plugged into. If the lamp turns on, then there is a chance that something is wrong with the power supply of the console.

What is the power supply of the PS4?

The PS4 power supply is a 120W AC adapter designed to power the console. It can be connected to a standard 120V wall outlet and has a USB cable that connects back to the console. The power supply is one of the video game console's critical components.

What do you need to power a PS4?

You can charge PS4 with a solar generator or a portable power station. Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations have NMC or LiFePO4 batteries and can charge PS4 models. If you're playing a game with a PS4 (165W), an LED TV (75W), and headphones (5W), you'll need a large battery backup like Jackery Solar Generator 500. This solar generator unit can supply stable electricity for over an hour.

Final Thoughts

The best PS4 power supply unit will depend on the wattage consumption of the PS4 model and the power supplied by the battery. If you are unsure which power supply unit can keep PS4 and other appliances charged during power cuts or blackouts, you may consider the reliable Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Portable Power Station. These battery backups can help you reduce high energy and electricity costs. Plus, you can carry these power stations during outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, etc.

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