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Leapster not powering on

We have a leapster that my daughter has only had a couple months and it will not power on anymore. Nothing has happened to this game system and have tried new batteries, although we've been using the rechargeable batteries. HELP??

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  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem, My daughter just got it today and all I had was rechargeable batteries. She used it for about 30 mins and not it will do nothing!! I have tried to clean the the contacts and put new nonrechargeable batteries in and it still wont work. Have to wait until monday to contact customer service!!

  • menkefh Nov 30, 2008

    Leapster L-Max that will power on and works perfectly fine when using the AC adapter, but will not work with new batteries in the battery pack that came with the unit or the rechargable battery pack accessory. Worked fine for about a year now this issue.

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    my daughters game worked fine for a couple months and the same thing happened . . . new batteries do not solve the problem.


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I have never used the Leapster before, But I researched it a bit and discovered that it uses "AA" Batteries. Were the rechargeable batteries you used before designed for the Leapster or were they older Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium) style batteries? Older Ni-Cads put out a slightly higher voltage than standard (1.7v) as opposed to the standard 1.5v. This could possibly cause problems. If you have only had it for a few months than it should be warranty protected. Hope this helps. Cheers!

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