So, I think I may have a damaged charging port or a bad charger...it's probably the port, but I wanted to see if anyone else had ever heard of anything like this.
DSi Charging Problem
Yo your battery might be dead. And by dead I mean dried up. I say try the charger out on a friend's DSi too see if that works, either to find the culprit or rule it out.
If the battery is dead, You can order one fairly cheaply online, and the replacement process couldn't be too tricky once you get a hold of a tri wing security bit which usually just comes with the battery.
It's always fun taking stuff apart, especially when you use unconventional bits.
" The battery could be dead...the DSi sat for a year or so before I tried charging it. But, I can't even get the "charging" icon to stay lit when the unit is on...if the battery was toast, wouldn't it still operate when plugged in? "Not necessarily. I'm not scientist, but Im pretty sure if the battery is fucked, then there isn't anything to hold a charge.
" The battery could be dead...the DSi sat for a year or so before I tried charging it. But, I can't even get the "charging" icon to stay lit when the unit is on...if the battery was toast, wouldn't it still operate when plugged in? "I know this sounds stupid, but... Are you sure it needs to charge? That sounds like what happens with my DSiXL when I plug it in without using it.
I have sort of the same issue with my DS Lite. I plug it in to charge and the light will be on for a few seconds and then go out. I've tried fiddling with the cord where the charger plugs into the DS and it seems to go on and off. So I tried messing with different parts and it turns out to be the charger. So, that could be your issue. The people at Gamestop could only test a charger for you if they have a spare used DSi or charger.
No DSi can be new / hardly used and have a dead rechargeable battery, it's ability to store power still remains. It's either shorted because it's come into contact fluid or moisture, or needs replacing because it was left in charge for a significant period of time.
You can buy one online and replace them yourself.
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