PS vita not used for a while now wont turn on

Discussion in 'PS Vita - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by stepppp, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. stepppp
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    Hi guys

    Just dusted off my Vita, put it on charge and the orange light came on, its been on for an hour and half now.

    Problem is when i press the power button the orange light blinks once but the screen doesn't come on, no sound etc.....

    I have unscrewed the back disconnected the battery and put it back in, and the orange light is still on....but the unit itself wont power up.

    I have searched and held down the button combinations, with no joy.

    Any one got any ideas?

    Ill leave it on charge overnight but im sure it should of powered up by now.
     
  2. Shadowfied

    Shadowfied GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    How are you charging it? Sony went full retard with the charging. It will only charge via USB if it's on, even though USB provides enough power. So, if the unit is discharged to the point where it wont boot, it needs to be charged via the wall AC adapter.
     
  3. K405

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    Have had the same, even phoned Sony support, eventually it came back to life.. leave it charging and keep trying. The battery pack NiMH needs to be shocked backed to life, that's my theory.

    http://www.powerstream.com/NiMH.htm
     
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  4. thealgorithm

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    There is usually protection in most of these batteries that stop charging when the battery level is below a certain threshold. Usually when the gauge is at 0% and shuts down in reality there is still around 10% battery. If the device is left off for quite some time when fully discharged, there may be issues.

    Some techniques of recovering from this is to trickle charge it via USB power or connect/remove/connect remove at quick intervals.
     
  5. Condarkness

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    Dang I didn't know that. I have a vita 1000 that needs to be charged now, or maybe I'll run into the same problem you are having.
     
  6. Shadowfied

    Shadowfied GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    If you try charging it through a USB port (even a high amp charging port) it will not get any charge whatsoever, if it currently is discharged.
     
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    nbvcxy206 Advanced Member

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    Had this problem recently. Just attached it to a good external power supply and after some time (maybe 12 hours) the charging process was normal again. (Tried to turn it on several times in between, though.)
     
  8. Condarkness

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    I charged it though AC but it took over an hour for it to turn back on.
     
  9. Surgeman

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    If you have a tablet charger(with the usb plug) rated at 5 volts/2.0 amps or better it will full charge in 45 minutes with the sync cable.
     
  10. PagaN

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    on standby mode or playing games - fat psvita charged only 92% max, full power off charged 100%
    from ac adapter
     
  11. nero99

    nero99 GBAtemp Addict

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    when you leave the li-ion batteries with out charging for a while, their remaining power begins to dissipate. i had this issue when i purchased a use 1001 model from gamestop that was sitting there for a few months. left it to charge for about an hour and it worked. thats just how the batteries are made.
     
  12. keran22

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    Hi guys, apologies for the necropost, thought it would be helpful to leave some information here in case someone else has the same problem in the future.

    I have a PS Vita (PCH-1003) which I hadn't used for a year and tried to charge a couple days ago. Tried everything I could think of, USB charging, trying a plug adapter, etc etc with no luck.

    I have a solution! I wondered if it needed something to deliver a lot of power quickly, so pulled out my portable charger (it's an EasyAcc 10000mAh) and lo and behold, after about ten minutes the orange flashing light went solid orange, and it turned on.

    Might be helpful info for anyone else who can't get their Vita to start!
     
  13. Byokugen

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    Just a bit to the right, or was left...
    Hold the power button for 30seconds