I just modded my gba with an ags101. Battery life?

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    slaphappygamer GBAtemp Maniac

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    so, I know that the new screen has little effect on the battery life of the gba. I saw a couple of videos about that. I'm using my awesome ezflash3 (4gb). It has the power star feature. After about 2 or 3 hours, the led for the battery status flashes red and green, even orange. Especially when loading or writing from the cart. I've tried other brands and get the same result. Is this normal? Any input is appreciated.

    Also, I hadn't soldered the wire to get the max brightness. On my 40 pin gba with the white tabbed ags101
     
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    Loading from/writing to the cart seems to be very power intensive. On my DS Lite, I have an EZ Flash IV, and unless the DS is plugged in or 90%+ full, I/O operations on the cart will cause the power LED to blink between green and red. This seems to be normal when using flash carts and is likely not related to your backlight mod.
     
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    it maybe problem with the power switch, not the LCD or battery. gba power switch is some kind of faulty, easily get dirty and not conductive well. i got mine too with that problem - too soon get red, red-orange-green flickering when i touch the switch or near switch like grab hard - but cleaning the switch helped like a charm.

    one problem is, you need to de-soldering the switch component when cleaning.
     
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    Thanks. I noticed that too. When moving the power switch slightly, the led would flicker. However, when I put new batteries in, it doesn't do it. Maybe, yeah, I clean it. I may just buy another one, I'm not good at soldering.
     
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    if you mention "another one" by buy another gba it self, i think every single one of gba left now having trouble that filthy switch. or if you mention the one as new switch component, it's same difficulty and process to swap the component or cleaning the one. so i don't recommend buy anything. it's not about the money.

    http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=xsnake&logNo=220765554565 (korean. but i think you can understand just see pictures in order)

    better yet, if you can't do youself, show this procedure to near general electronical repairman or friends who can de-soldering and leave them to do it.

    also, switch itself have a little resistance of voltage, more and more when it get dirty. so new battery seems a little stable led status since it have higher voltage, but clean switch makes that "stable" time longer.
     
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    I see, thanks for sharing that. I thought the entire switch housing needed to be removed from the motherboard. It's just the top. I'll tinker with it. It's not surprising that all gba now would have that issue. They are all about 15 years old. That switch looked so different after it was cleaned.