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An upgrade of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, the Advance SP was released, in North America, on March 23 2004 with a square structure and clam-shell design.

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Charge light goes on then off

I plug in my charger and the charging light flashes on for about a second before it turns off. I'm pretty sure it's not the charger because it works with another GBA SP, though that one is a slightly different model.

The model that isn't working is the newer one, with the brighter screen. I don't know if that has anything to do with the problem. It's also not the battery because it works in my other GBA SP, the older model.

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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.

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You nead to replace the battery

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I'm having the same problem, but I'm fairly certain it's due to a warped charging port.

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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.

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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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Hey Daniel,

Make sure the charger you are using is the proper voltage to charge the device. If it's too little, it will not take a charge, you may see a little light like you said.

The charge cable may not be the problem, it may be the port you are plugging the cable in to. This port is soldered on to the motherboard of the Gameboy, and if it has become loose, you will not be able to charge it with ANY charger. If you have basic soldering skills, this is not a difficult repair, if you do not have an electronic repair background, I would advise selling it for parts, and purchasing another one.

Have a good one, sir. :)

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Will it matter if my charger, since my sp's battery has a "ags 003: matter if my charger says "ags 002" on it?

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If it does that it means the battery is full :D I also didn't know that and thought it was broken but it isn't bad IT JUST MEANS THE BATTERY IS FULL

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You are not joking, thanks dude!

I almost broke my charger trying to figure out the problem thinking that my charger is faulty but then I kinda played for some minutes, plugged in, and it's charging!

Guys, I know how it feels, I felt like not using the game boy as if I finished up the charge, there would be no charger, but please try once playing for a while and then charging, I bet it works...

But anyways, if you screwed up the charger, here is a link. Get the cable for 4 dollars without shipment charges worldwide!!

https://m.banggood.com/1_2M-3_9ft-USB-Po...

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That worked in my case too! I just fiddled with the charger and when I plugged it completely in,BOOM!It was charging

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I bought this from another seller and it worked before, but I tested it now and it does not want to charge up (the light indicator would show but then quickly disappear).

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This literally the same problem I have, post if you find a solution.

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It's most likely already full of charge.

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This happened to me too. Luckily, my brother has another Gameboy advance SP that didn't work except for the battery. I swapped batteries and it appears to be working again.

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This also happens when you fry your charger, a bit. I've opened up my charger and can see that the capacitor (if not mistaken) was loose. The solder has melted and loosen up the foot of the capacitor on the circuitry of the charger. I re-soldered it and good to go.

#This should affect all the GBA charged with this particular charger.

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It's most likely the battery is full or the battery is completely dead and you have to swap it with another one

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This happened to me but turns out the charging port on my gba sp was loose. I Discovered this when I shoved the charger when I was frustrated, this could be the problem so try to shove the charger in or something like that.

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Either the battery is already charged or it’s the battery that is not working.

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I have this problem today… jan 12, 2019.. the unit has been stored and forgotten for years, and of course the Battery is dead for sure… I used the charger I originally use on my Brother’s SP and it charged normally. for some reason mine is not.. why is that? I’m sure that i never had this problem before…

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Hi, i seem to have a problem with my gameboy advance sp ags 101. The original battery was dead and i decided to swap it with another gba battery that is working. The thing is the little orange light thats indicating that the gameboy is charging is always oppen even if the gameboy is shut down or not plugged in. what can i do ? I fear that theres an issue with the mother board that just suck all the batteries.

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So I like just had this issue. What I do is move the head piece of the charger around in the outlet until the light flashes orange indicating that it’s charged. Don’t know if this is safe or if it’s efficient but I guess it works.

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I was doing this as well and it was the only way to charge but then it stopped charging at all like 2 days ago I've had it back for about 5 days . I've been trying to figure out how I can fix it. Have you had any luck ?

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I have the same issue! It used to be alright if I just jostled the charger around in the port for a while but now only charges if I constantly hold the charger towards the screen side. Did you ever figure out a fix? Should I just try to replace the whole charging port?

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had this problem and i just moved the charger while plugged in and eventually it worked lol

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I fixed the issue I was having. It was the EM8 Chip on the board that controls the charging regulation. I replaced the whole port (not easy haha) but think all I needed to actually do was reflow the 4 pins on EM8 to the board with a soldering iron. Hopefully, this helps someone before they replace the whole charge port like I did!!

If you are deciding to replace the port makho on youtube has a good guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnYxizt8...

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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.


Advice;

- 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 had this problem and I just got a q-tip with rubbing alcohol and cleaned up the charger and charging port, and then blew it out with a can of air, and it works fine now.

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Just to put it out there. I had the same issue, turns out the screen’s ribbon cable was dislodged slightly causing the charge light to come on only for a second, reseating it fixed the issue for me. :)

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try taking out the batteries and putting it back then charging it that worked for me

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Hey! I think I have an answer for most of you.


If the battery swap doesn’t works, open your GBA SP up and be assured that the screen ribbon cable is properly and fully plugged in the motherboard - and that the locks on both side of the ribbon port is properly pushed fully down (or up if it’s not plugged in a perpendicular position). Most of the time when I repair a GBA SP with that flickering thing going on, that’s what is happening.


Also, it sometimes can create a random restart on your GBA, so it’s kind of a sign that your GBA SP doesn’t receive properly the AC/Power from the battery to the screen.

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Mine does the same thing but for 10-15 minutes

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Maybe there is just some dust in your power switch.

Easy fix. Open your GBA SP, Stick a soldering iron right on the pin on ONLY one side of the power switch and try to make them lift up.

Slowly tilt the metal piece up, and then remove the plastic button.

Now you can clean the little box with a small drop of IPA and a tooth brush. You'll see the bottom of that part become a bit more "shinny".

After that, put the plastic button back in place, tilt down the metal pin you lifted before down and on top of the switch, then add a little solder on the metal part you lifted so it hold tight like on your PCB just like before.

Sometimes, intermitent flickering lights are caused by a bit of dirt that can be remove on there (are on the PCB resistors).

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