DSi Charging Problem

#1 Posted by MB (11900 posts) -

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. 


I plug the DSi in to the charger, and the LED lights up for a few seconds to indicate that it's charging, then it goes out. If I unplug it and plug it back in, the same thing happens. I've tried putting pressure on the charging port in different directions and there doesn't seem to be much change...sometimes it will charge for as long as 20 or 30 seconds before shutting off. 

I don't have any other chargers to troubleshoot this issue, and the DSi is definitely not under warranty anymore. My next step was going to be to take it down to Gamestop and ask to have them hook it up to a different charger in order to troubleshoot, but I fear it's the port itself. 

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? This is a bummer because this DSi only ever saw a few hours of use since I got it new, and it's never been dropped or banged around or exposed to water or anything like that. 
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#2 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5250 posts) -

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.

#3 Posted by MB (11900 posts) -

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?

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#4 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@MB said:
" 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.
#5 Posted by MB (11900 posts) -
@Kyreo: Good point, I guess I was thinking more along the lines of laptops, which will run even with the batteries removed when on AC power. Maybe I'll try to find a cheap replacement battery online and see if that fixes it. 
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#6 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -
@MB said:
" 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. 
#7 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

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.

#8 Posted by MB (11900 posts) -
@AgentJ: Yeah, it'll come on but just barely. The battery icon shows that it's about to die.
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#9 Posted by Contro (2040 posts) -
#10 Posted by ZolaKluke (1 posts) -

Well that happened with my Ds too.

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