GBA SP blinks red

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  1. g00p
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    So I pull the ol' GBA SP out of the drawer where it sat for a year or two. It wouldn't turn on or charge so I figured the battery was shot. Put another (new) battery in but nothing works.

    When I plug in the charger the led will flash red or red-orange once and quit . This happens on multiple different chargers. When I throw the power switch the screen and red led will flash for a brief sec then go off.

    I tested continuity on both fuses and they are ok. I have seen a few posts on other sites where people had the same problem but never saw any suggestions.

    A voltmeter on the battery shows 3.2v - 3.3v

    Any ideas?

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  2. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

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    your battery doesn't hold a charge anymore. time for you to go replace it.
     
  3. g00p
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    So maybe the new battery I got was bad? I stopped at Radio Shack and got lucky - they had a few GBA SP batteries on clearance... The gameboy ran great with the new battery - but it wont charge. the orange light will come on for a brief second and go out. I tried different chargers, etc. I will make sure it's getting a good connection. What else can I do?


    Thx
     
  4. wchill

    wchill Resident chillxpert

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    The GBA SP, DS/Lite/DSi, and many other electronics use lithium ion rechargeable batteries.
    These batteries are great, but they have an expiration date. After a certain date after they are made, the batteries start losing the ability to hold a charge.
    In short, you're going to have to find a 3rd party battery that's not too old (3-4 years before they start deterioriating) or use the charger the whole time.

    Edit: The voltage of the battery should be 3.7V, your battery is dying. Go replace it.
     
  5. g00p
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    I dont mind buying yet another battery, but shouldn't the charger power the unit even if no battery is present? On 2 different batteries and without, the charge exhibits the same behavior - a quick blink then off.
    Thx
     
  6. Raulie

    Raulie Newbie

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    I have exactly the same problem! Did you solve it?
    The problem isn't the battery, is just that the gba doesn't charge.
    I verify it charging my battery with another gba, and it worked.
     
  7. evilishan

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    Not for a GBA or SP because it doesn't run directly off the power outlet, it runs through the battery.

    But for a Micro, NDS or NDSL that would be true. [​IMG] Why the SP!
     
  8. creep01

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    hello g00p

    i suggest that you could possibly buy a new GBA SP
    or
    you could just smply send it to nintendo to be checked for problems then to be repaired
    that would be much cheaper