3-in-1 battery appears dead

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  1. granville
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    After about a year since I bought it, it looks like my EZ-Flash 3-in-1 battery bit the dust. Every time I start Rudolph's loader, it asks to use the expansion pack (like it does if it's you're first time using it). The games won't retain their saves if I turn the DS off and I can't load my savegames from the microSD in slot-1 (or back them up from the 3-in-1 since they apparently aren't saving). Are these things SUPPOSED to die after only a year of use? [​IMG]

    Now I can still write games and play them fine, but I can't save at all. I can also use the rumble and memory for the browser and some homebrew. But I really cherish the use of my GBA games.

    All in all, I'd like a new card like this. I don't care about rumble as I never use it. I had a couple in mind:

    Ewin
    M3 Real expansion

    If anyone has any other ideas, I'd appreciate it. And do the batteries last any longer on these?
     
  2. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

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    You have insufficient posts to view user location.
    buy a new one or replace the battery, those are your 2 obvious options.
     
  3. granville
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    I might just buy a new one. It's pretty cheap.
     
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    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

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    I'm on my 4th 3in1, after this one dies I will be replacing the batteries on all of them since it is now cheaper to do that.
     
  5. Narin

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    The batteries cost around 4-5$ each and they need to be soldered in. Soldering tin costs around 4-20$ depending on the type and size of the roll you get and a soldering gun can be around 5-50$ depending on the type you get as well.

    If you already have a soldering gun and the soldering tin/roll, then its cheaper to manually replace the battery yourself, otherwise I suggest just getting a new 3 in 1.
     
  6. granville
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    I don't have a soldering gun and on top of that, I have VERY shakey hands. [​IMG]

    I'll just get a new 3-in-1 since they are only about $20. I just asked about the other cards to see if their batteries were any better.
     
  7. Searinox

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    Correct, furthermore if your 3in1 is GBA sized and you don't like rumble you can rip the motor out and make room for a CR1620 which lasts twice as long(3 years).