I just recently got a SP but it didn't come with a charger, and being the electronic Guy I am I made a homemade one and I calculated the battery power I needed and I hooked it up.... it worked for a while but one time I THINK I switched the + and - signs and it won't turn on anymore.
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I have many times repaired small electronics with this problem by checking the solder connections from the power jack to the circuit board.(I am self taught,not an expert)Anything that plugs in to the device can easily break the connections to the board.Electronic manufacturers do this construction technique to save space,but I would rather have the jacks connected to the board with short pieces of wire.(I recently scored a Magellan GPS in the dumpster at work-someone pitched it WITH THE CAR CHARGER because of the same problem)It took me longer to figure out how to get the case open than it did to fix it!
I had the same problem. It was a solder connection in the charger socket. I tried to fix it but made it worse. I ended up having to switch the battery with a charged one from another GameBoy. That's how I was able to keep using it.
The lead or plug on your charger may be cracked. I have a SP charger but it has a bit of the plastic cracked off and has to be in a certain position to work properly. Otherwise you will need a new battery.
i to had this problem and i know how to fix it.well if you notice when you put the charger piece in the sp the light comes on,and if you were to flick the switch on at just the right moment the sp should turn on for a sec or two. in seeing this you should push the charger in and as soon, i mean ECXACTLY the same time the light comes on it should stay on after a few trys. be patient it takes at least 15 tries for this i promise.