Unseated Battery Fix

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Blitzkind, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Blitzkind

    Blitzkind Member

    Sep 26, 2016
    United States
    Hi all,

    Tonight I noticed my new 3DS XL was stuck at 48% battery life according to 3DSIdent after being plugged in for about four hours. After doing some googling I found that the battery was probably unseated so I unscrewed it and reseated the battery and bam, 99% battery charge. My question is two fold:

    1) What actually causes this to happen? Before I set up an FTP homebrew on the console I was taking the back off constantly to add things to the SD card. Is it possibly I've damaged something to keep it in place?

    2) Is there a way to fix this or prevent it from happening again? I believe it may have happened before a week or so ago as my time and date were reset back to 1/1. I'd really like to make sure this stops happening. I can't send the console into Nintendo as I recently had the system hardmodded. I've considered springing for a mugen battery but I'm not sure if that'll fix the unseating issue and the 90 dollar price tag is a little high to go off on a hunch for fixing it.

    Any help you can provide would be great!
  2. Glyptofane

    Glyptofane GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 12, 2009
    United States
    You could try placing a small piece of paper on top of the battery. This worked for me with a o3DSXL, but I suppose you may have to tape it in place for a n3DSXL.
  3. NekoMichi

    NekoMichi Retro Collector

    Jun 4, 2015
    Minus World
    Something similar happened with my N3DS, the power would cut off abruptly mid-use and it would jump from full to red low battery warning minutes after charging. Removing and reinserting the battery seemed to fix it for a few days before symptoms re-emerged.

    I stuck a piece of thin double-sided tape on the underside of the battery, which seems to have fixed the issue. The tape secures it in place and stops the contacts from being jogged.
    Last edited by NekoMichi, Nov 10, 2016
  4. LinkSoraZelda

    LinkSoraZelda GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Aug 12, 2015
    United States
    Land of the Rising Orange
    I thought this was something only I experienced, and only on new 3DS (non-XLs).

    There's nothing you can do to prevent it other than not messing with the back of the console.
  5. Nirmonculus

    Nirmonculus GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 4, 2014
    Same is happening to me and my friend. So this is a New Nintendo 3ds battery issue then...