Uh, it doesn’t look very good.
Or at least that’s what I thought as I brought my Game Boy Advance SP down from the attic. You see, my niece recently fell in love with the Pokemon Sword game, and now she’s as haunted by Pokemon as I was when she was her age. So I wanted to show her the game Pokemon Blue on the 20-year-old system I played in the past.
Unfortunately, the SP battery is dead. It is a testament to the durability of Nitendo handhelds that a part of me was surprised to find that a machine I hadn’t used for many years without a single scratch. Until I turned it over and found that the battery was depleted was my only problem. The battery cover bulges out significantly outward, straining the little screw that holds it back to the machine. Inside, I was sure I would find a battery that swelled and in danger of exploding. Too much for a trip back to childhood.
I’ve dealt with enough old electronics to know that whatever is with the battery chamber is bad news. Even now, there’s still an XBOX 360 controller and even a Game Boy Color in the attic I’m suffering from being worn away by oblivion. However, my SP still looks strong and doesn’t seem to be affected by the scars of time, I never thought of wanting to put it in a random box in the attic where the temperature rises. soaring to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter for the second time.
Turns out I’m not alone. “Is the battery of GBA SP slightly bulging normal?” asked by someone on the Game Boy subreddit, as if they were approaching WebMD posters about analyzing a tumor. “It’s not normal at all.”, Someone replied. Despite this, it is still very popular, as evidenced by a large number of Reddit threads, forum posts, and YouTube videos about replacing old SP batteries.
Nintendo has long stopped serving retro handsets and now encourages people to look for replacement parts from third parties on sites like Amazon. There, 3.7V alternative Lithium packages start at $ 10. I sent an order mail. But I have doubts about whether it is as good as the root, which has been following me for almost two decades.
And here’s the craziest part: when I carefully removed the back battery cover I not only discovered that the battery was intact, there was no poison leaking out of sight, but it worked incredibly well. After finally finding my AC adapter for my old SP, I charged it for half an hour, pressed the power button and was immediately greeted by the Advance Wars 2 title screen. with other energies.
Don’t worry, I have learned my lesson and have no plans to further torture my SP. I will switch to a new battery as soon as it arrives. But god, after 17 years of this little thing, there is still the power to shock and surprise others.
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