I have an Xbox 360 and 4 controllers. Each of the controllers has a rechargeable battery. I was going to have guests over at my house and so wanted to charge all of my batteries so that we could all play. One of my batteries, however, would not charge. I put it in, plugged it into an outlet, and no light would come on. The other 3 had the orange light turn on fine. I then hooked it straight up to the play and charge cable and turned my Xbox on. The light would turn orange, and then very quickly turn to green, indicating that it was fully charged. I left it there for a bit to “charge” more. After I disconnected, the controller pretty much died. I then plugged it back into the first charger, and once again no light. I figured that my battery was dead and that I had to buy a new battery. However, prior to doing so decided to do some online searching and came across a forum that solved my issue, and I will lay it out here for those having the same problem.
Firstly, you will need a plug and play charger. I believe it came with the Xbox originally, but not sure as that was years ago. Plug the charger into your console. Turn on your Xbox. Plug the charger into your controller. When the light turns from orange to green, unplug it. Then plug it back in. You may need to repeat this a few times. Keep doing it until it stays orange. I only had to do it one time. Once it stays orange, then it is actually charging and you can either leave it plugged in there, or just use your normal charger from the outlet if you have that. It’ll probably take a couple hours. Apparently, you cannot recharge it because your battery power is too low to the point that it can no longer talk to the console. When you first plug it into the charger, the charger allows a tiny bit of power into the battery. The battery then needs to let the console know that it needs to be recharged, but if the battery is too dead, it can’t do this, can’t charge, and thus turns green. Thus, you repeat the steps above until there is enough power to actually charge it.
Anyway, this saved me a few bucks since I didn’t have to buy a new battery and hopefully it helps you as well if you are having the same issue.