NDS Lite battery seems low

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Dec 23, 2009

NDS Lite battery seems low by solofroglet at 4:09 AM (1,556 Views / 0 Likes) 17 replies

  1. solofroglet
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    I recently got an onyx black Nintendo DS Lite, and I decided to test out its battery life. On my Acekard 2i, I played Professor Layton and the Curious Village for 8 hours and 10 minutes, and I played Pokemon Diamond for 1 hour and 15 minutes, both on the lowest brightness, and the light changed from green to red. Nintendo says that the light changes from green to red at around 30%. This means that the ds would have lasted for around 14 hours before dying. Nintendo says that the battery lasts 15 to 19 hours. Why do I have a reduced battery life? Could it be because i'm using a flash cart?


    Has anyone else experienced this reduced battery life problem?
     
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    IIRC Flash carts drain battery's a lot faster than actual games do, so the answer would most likely be yes.
     
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    According to GBAtemp's reviews, the difference is not very substantial. Usually like half an hour.
     
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    Exactly! And I wasn't playing any intensive games or anything.
     
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    That is just what Nintendo wants you to think! [​IMG]
     
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    Flash carts use more power than regular carts, and 3D games use more power than non-3D ones. Screen brightness, use of wifi, and audio volume also have an effect on just how long the battery lasts.

    Personally I would kill for 14 hours of battery life. On my DS Phat with a slot-2 Supercard, I'm lucky to get 4.
     
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    Some flashcarts use battery power more than others. CycloDS has a Battery Saver mode, though I don't know how much of a difference that actually makes; I've not thoroughly tested it.
     
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    at least you dont have a psp, which has like 1 minute
     
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    [​IMG] The PSP 4000 is apparently going to double that.
     
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    Lol.
    ^This
     
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    So... in a more serious line of thought.

    Where can we buy higher capacity batteries?
    I saw some on DealExtreme but the reviews state they have questionable capacity.
    I want to get a 2000mah capacity for my DSL but no idea where to get it reliably.
     
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    I suggest you buy the regular battery for the Nintendo DS lite the one that Nintendo made.
     
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    Using alternative batteries is not safe... you should really avoid it.
     
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    Yeah, I hear a lot of the unofficial high capacity batteries actually get drained very quickly and the battery life ends up becoming 1/3 of what it should be or something.
     
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    I've had my DS for nearly 3 years, and my battery life has seen substantial reduction from how it originally was.

    It used to last a couple of days, playing a couple of hours a day, but now it barely lasts a good days playing.

    I bought an unofficial 2000mah battery and it works but it's not much better.
     
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    I still charge mine overnight, every night (unless I fall asleep before doing so, and then I charge it the following morning as soon as I wake up)
     
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    you said you just got it recently, which means that the battery doesn't have it's full capacity yet. Give it a couple of weeks and it will hit the claimed time. The flashcard doesn't drain that much battery, wifi and screen brightness have a lot more effect then just a little flashcard.

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    you said you just got it recently, which means that the battery doesn't have it's full capacity yet. Give it a couple of weeks and it will hit the claimed time. The flashcard doesn't drain that much battery, wifi and screen brightness have a lot more effect then just a little flashcard.
     
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    I have another method of keeping playing...

    I have a Gomadic powerpack - designed for my HTC phone but basically it's several DS charges worth and powers anything usb. Good usb to DSL cable is only a couple of quid. The pack itself is smaller than the DSL.
     

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