Bought a few GBA SP’s in a lot a few weeks back, I had this issue with 2 of them. The orange charge-light would come on briefly for about 1 second then turn off.
Over the last few years I’ve heard everything from “bridge/replace the F1 fuse” to “replace the charging port”, but I think I can safely safe 9 times out of 10 it’s just the battery that’s dead. I just finished fixing these 2 GBA’s and both of them work fine now that I put in good replacement batteries. The charge light stays on while charging.
- Check the charge port contacts to make sure they’re clean and there’s no bent pins. If the power adapter charge-plug can’t touch the charge-port contacts of the GBA SP itself, it’s needs to be replaced. Sometimes if the connection is also loose you might need to “bend” the charging-cable while it’s plugged in to make full contact with the GBA SP’s charging port. If it still works then great, but you’ll probably need to replace it sooner or later if that’s the case. Give it a wiggle, see if that helps. That’ll tell you if it’s the charge port or something else on the board.
- Try a different charging cable.
- Check the connections of the GBA SP charge-port itself to the motherboard. Open it up and look. If it looks like the solder-points have cracked and they’re not making contact, use a soldering iron to lightly ‘touch-up’ the charge port contacts to the motherboard and re-melt the solder that’s available or add some solder, as well as touch up the 4 tiny legs of EM8 just below/near the charge-port itself. EM8 is a main power-regulator for the GBA SP boards from what I’ve figured out, sometimes if that has a bad contact it can disrupt the charging process too.
- Try putting in a new battery, or try with someone else’s battery first to see if their battery will work in your GBA SP. Then you’ll know for-sure that you just need a cheap battery replacement bought online.
New batteries are about 5-20$ depending where you buy them, I generally buy most of my little spare parts from Aliexpress. The shipping can be rough to wait for since most of the products are coming out of China, but the parts I get are generally good and work right. Out of 20 GBA SP batteries I bought in bulk for $1.38 (CAD) each, I had 2 that were a duds. It just happens when you buy something cheap in bulk, once in a while it ain’t gonna work right.
I’m not an expert, these are just nuggets of experience I’ve had in my years of fixing Gameboys, Gameboy colors, Gameboy Advance SP’s, and the odd DS/3DS. I do this as a hobby, so if anyone can provide a more clear response then please feel free to add more. Hope this helps!
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I have the same problem. Due to my lack of soldering skills, I may not have seen the source of the problem. I have swapped batteries, bought a new charger, all to no luck whatsoever. I hope somebody on this site can put a soldering tutorial, as I have an iron and I don't know where to put anything.
из CraftedGamer 1170
You nead to replace the battery
из Codie Pereira
I'm having the same problem, but I'm fairly certain it's due to a warped charging port.
I am now having this problem. Gameboy good as of a few months ago, now with 2 different batteries, won't charge, so sorry Codie. Something seems to be broken with its charging circuit. One of the batteries are completely dead, the other has enough power to make the system function, but the low battery red light comes on. It seems simply to not be able to charge any battery. If anyone has any insight to fix this or any recourse, response would be appreciated. Otherwise, I will probably ebay it and let someone with the experience refurbish it.
I got a new GameBoy Advance SP and the light goes on for a second and a half and then turns off. I tried the car charger and that worked for 3 seconds before doing the same thing. Do I need a new internal battery or is there a way to fix the charging port or something?
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