Razer Headset Won’t Turn On / Charge (One Common Cause)

Razer headsets are widely considered to be second to none when it comes to quality. However, as with any electronic device, they’re not immune to experiencing issues from time to time.

Some models, like the Nari, are more prone to problems than others, but all Razer headsets can experience issues.

Here are some steps you can take to see if you can resolve the problems with your headset at home. Luckily, if they don’t work, Razer support tends to be very responsive and understanding. They will be able to assist you in either repairing or replacing your unit.

Razer Headset Won’t Turn On or Charge

Wireless headsets require a charge or charging cable to be connected to use them.

Issues with the charger

Thankfully, Razer headsets typically support pass-through charging, which allows them to charge while in use. However, they may still run into issues.

Universally, it would help if you always started your inquiry by testing the charging cable with another device. Doing this allows you to determine whether your problem is related to the cable or the headset.

Of course, both the cable and the unit can be faulty, but typically only one will crap out at once.

Before proceeding, be sure that the charger is functional and correctly plugged in. Sometimes the ports become loose and the charger just needs a slight wiggle or repositioning to resolve the issue.

Finally, try charging your headset through a USB that is connected to a computer rather than a wall outlet. We don’t have a good explanation for it, but this has worked for many users.

Issues with drivers

Another universal issue that can arise with wireless headphones is a discrepancy between the unit and the computer’s audio drivers. The disparity with the audio drivers can cause the headset not to play sound or, in some cases, not even turn on properly.

Updating your audio drivers can help, but in many cases, the solution is to roll back the drivers to the previous state where the headset functioned.

Out-of-date Razer software

Suppose the computer’s audio drivers are fine. In that case, the problem may be with the headset’s drivers or its compatibility with the most recent Razer Synapse update.

While Razer’s updates tend to be relatively comprehensive, there’s always a risk of unintended discrepancies arising in the backend code. So, check if Razer Synapse has updated recently and roll back those drivers if it has.

The problem could also be in the backend code of the headset’s firmware. Rolling back your headset’s firmware could fix the problem until an update to the firmware that resolves Razer can roll out the problem.

Razer Barracuda

Literature on self-servicing the Razer Barracuda is a tad lacking, unfortunately. However, you can take some self-troubleshooting steps to see if your unit is busted and needs repairs.

One significant issue with the Razer Barracuda is that it only supports charging configurations that use a USB-C to USB-A cable.

According to support, you cannot use a USB-C to USB-C cable to charge this unit. However, your mileage may vary as some users have reported getting such configurations working.

Start by seeing if the USB input is loose. A loose input will have trouble properly connecting to charge, and the unit can’t turn on if it’s not charged.

If the input is loose, you’ll need to have it replaced. You can do this yourself by purchasing spare parts from Razer or sending it in and having them do it for you.

If the input isn’t loose, try the headset with a different cable. Many times it’s hard to tell if a cable has gone bad without trying the unit with a different cable.

You can also try the cable with another device to see if the cable works with another device. USB-C to USB-A cables are more durable than the alternative USB-A to Micro-USB, but no cable is invulnerable.

Razer Barracuda X

Like with the standard Barracuda model, your first check should be the USB-C input. Like the Barracuda, the Barracuda X only supports USB-C to USB-A. Like the Barracuda, your mileage may vary using cables other than this configuration.

If the input isn’t loose and the cable isn’t dead, you’ll need to send the headset in or buy spare parts and replace the faulty part yourself.

However, without more intimate knowledge of the unit’s internal components, you may find yourself on a wild goose chase trying to figure out which component has gone bad.

Razer Kraken V3 Pro

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro has some significant issues relating to charging and compatibility issues with Razer Synapse, resulting in incorrect charging information.

On the axis of charging, one of the more significant issues with the Razer Kraken V3 Pro is that the unit will not charge fully, no matter how long it is left on the charger. If this issue arises with your unit, you’ll need to RMA it and send it back for a replacement unit, as the unit is damaged.

You may also run into issues with the unit’s charging port, much like the Barracuda and Barracuda X. These issues can be resolved with an RMA or by purchasing spare parts from Razer and replacing it yourself (you may need a soldering iron and other equipment. So, ensure that you are fully prepared to replace the damaged port before purchasing any spare parts.)

Another issue that arises with the Kraken V3 Pro is an issue with the charging indicator, where the indicator will continue to flash as though the unit is charging even though the unit has been disconnected from the charger.

Start by resetting your Kraken V3 Pro headset to see if resetting the unit to factory settings allows the charging indicator to function normally again.

Razer Blackshark V2 Pro

The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is Razer’s premier eSports headset. It has many unique features that make it ideal for eSports uses. However, this powerhouse headset isn’t immune to problems, and there are several possible axes for the headset to fail.

Troubleshooting should start by checking the charging port to see if the port is loose. As with other models of Razer headsets, a loose port can be fixed through an RMA or by purchasing spare parts from Razer.

Before buying any spare parts, you’ll want to ensure you have the knowledge and tools necessary to replace a loose charging port. The unit won’t be covered by its warranty if you break it trying to change the port yourself.

You’ll also want to check to ensure that the cable you’re using for your headset is functional. First, try it with other devices, and then try a different cable with your headset to see if these allow the headset to charge correctly.

Finally, you’ll want to disconnect any USB hubs or extension cords. Many people use these devices, and while there shouldn’t be any discrepancies on paper, in practice, using non-native devices like USB dongles and hubs can result in a lack of functionality from the unit.

So, disconnect any non-native units you have and check to see if your USB dongle is compatible with your headset.

Final Thoughts

Razer headsets are widely regarded as second to none when it comes to quality.

Still, every electronic device will inevitably degrade over time. So, it’s a good idea to be well-read regarding potential issues you may run into and how to fix them.

Razer does sell spare parts that you can use to self-replace faulty parts for cheap, but doing this requires a bit more technical knowledge than the average person has. Unfortunately, charging issues with Razer headsets are typically best resolved by filing an RMA (return merchandise authorization) or requesting a repair from Razer.

While it’s entirely possible to fix the problems yourself, doing so without the proper knowledge or tools could destroy your unit beyond repair and void the warranty while it’s at it!