The DS Lite battery will not charge. I replaced the battery and it worked for a day or so, then it died. I tried to charge it with the old charger. It would not. I replaced the charger. I tried again - The new charger would not charge the replacement battery. Is there something disconnected or burnt out between the battery and the charger connection. If so, what are my options? It is older than an year, so I assume it is out of warranty. Is it worth opening up? It seems to require a specialized screw-driver - a triwing screwdriver. How would I get a hold of one in Ottawa no stores seem to carry them(Radio Shack, Walmart, Zellars, Best Buy, Future Shop, Blacks[same screwdriver appears to be used for certain cameras]). I don't want to order on-line. Are there any other options that I should explore?
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Re: DS Lite battery will not charge.
Unfortunately, online is the only place to get the triwing screwdriver. There are several Canadian sites to get them (which I did), if that is your concern, otherwise ebay.
Please examine you power jack on the console. Maybe there is something broken or loose in there. Possibly, the power pin lifted off the board and may need to be resoldered. Opening up the unit is your only choice. I have opened up several units. http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/how-to-disassemble-a-ds-lite-in-minutes
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Are you leaving the DS charge until the light comes off? Remember that there are two likes too, one for charging and one for power. If you're just charging for some random period of time (lets say... One hour) then your Battery isn't going to be fully charged. The best way to ensure that your DS Lite is charged is to leave it charge until the charge light turns off. You can play your DS Lite while you are charging (I do it all the time), but it just means that you're just running off of the outlet.
A good test is to charge it fully (until the charge light comes off), unplug the charger cord (Make sure it's secured tightly to your DS while charging), then play for a little bit, your light should be a normal color (green).
If you cannot even play by using the outlet, then you need to find a charger cord that actually works (You may need to send in the charger for replacement). If the same thing happens with 2 different batteries (assuming that you have two official Nintendo batteries).
TIP: Also run your fingers across the Charger cord. You're going to get a slight friction burn from the rubber, but you're going to get all of the kinks out of the wire in the cord. My charger cord had a similar problem (did not charge all the way, only charged until I moved the DS) but when I ran my fingers across it (pinching) it worked again.
Also check the pins in both charger cords, charging will not work if one pin is missing, nor if any are bent.
there may be some kind of damage in the ds as i had the same problem it may have been shaken around or dropped or even faulty the best thing to do is send it back if you dont have the warranty then go to a gaming store most have a collection day where someone comes to pick up broken ds and takes them its free except tfor the repair.Its best if you dont fiddle around with it a it will become more damaged