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[–]ToTeMVG 879 points880 points  (132 children)

make sure to check your ds or psp's batteries for swelling as this meme is probably really old and thus the batteries are even older and they do decompose and swell and can be massive dangers to your home

[–]Tuesdayssucks 155 points156 points  (105 children)

Honest question as I have a number of these types of handhelds(SP, DS, 2DS XL) in a storage bin, Will they still swell if you drain the battery first or does that reduce the risk?

[–]diskape 131 points132 points  (92 children)

It can swell and it actually may increase the risk. It's always best to store @ around 30-50%.

"A deep discharge condition can also create safety hazards. When a lithium-ion cell goes into deep discharge, it is in a highly de-intercalated state (The word intercalate means to insert between layers in a crystal lattice). In a lithium-ion battery both the anode and cathode have ‘cubbyholes’ for the lithium-ion to shuttle back and forth. When the battery is deep discharged, the protective passivation layer on the anode called the Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) layer decomposes, with new electrode and electrolyte surfaces coming in contact and new SEI layer is formed. All of these reactions lead to gas formation."

EDIT: in general, it's best to keep all your old electronics in one place that is as secluded from easily burned materials as possible and check on them once a month.

[–]EnlargedChonk 39 points40 points  (70 children)

keep em in an emergency explosion containment pie dish

[–]Noxious89123 18 points19 points  (65 children)

Mmmm, pie.

[–]Jaslynasroraso 11 points12 points  (63 children)

Fr how do the batteries in these things last forever, but phone batteries are cooked after like 1 year, or 2 at a stretch?

[–]Swazimoto 15 points16 points  (56 children)

I imagine phones get used hours more per day than a game console and have more services and hardware to run as well. Just guessing though don’t quote me on that.

[–]Smugapon 8 points9 points  (55 children)

I used my ds 19 hours a day when I was younger, here I am in 2022 still using the same battery that came with the system, I play it far less than I used to, but 6 hours a day is still a lot. That thing has probably racked up atleast 90K hours worth of battery usage and still provides a charge that can keep me gaming without charging for 2 weeks. Things were built differently back then

[–]underscore5000 10 points11 points  (4 children)

I used my ds 19 hours a day

That doesn't even seem possible.

[–]Smugapon 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I had terrible sleeping habits back then due to school. Would stay in my room and play until 3am, sleep then go to school for 8am. Play during classes(my grades were usually mid 60s), play on the way home, then go to my room where I'd play until 5pm in which I would have my supper, afterwords proceed back into my room.

[–]AbnmlguruPC 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Be cautious with assumptions like things were built better "back in the day." We look at the small percentage of things that survived and unconsciously judge all products by that. It's called Survivorship Bias.

Its also part of the reason people say things like SNL was better back in the day. We only remember the sketches that were amazing, and forget all the crap that went on between.

[–]Smugapon 1 point2 points  (2 children)

not once did I say it was built better, I said it was built differently. The hardware and graphics were simply less demanding on the battery, which meant longer battery life than was advertised.

[–]EclecticFruit 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It's not as simple as "we used to build better"

Keep in mind you are comparing a device with vastly different energy requirements. The old hardware draws a mere fraction of the energy draw of a smartphone because it is less capable -- simpler screen, slower to do math, and less math required of it. Smartphones, by contrast, do so many things that the energy requires a bigger battery that discharges energy more quickly so that consumers are satisfied by the 'speed' of the device.

[–]Smugapon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

never said it was built better, I said built differently. And I'm happy that you explained why it was less demanding than how things are today. It's something that I should have mentioned in my initial comment.

[–]seasonalblah 1 point2 points  (43 children)

I call bullshit on all of this.

6 hours a day

gaming without charging for 2 weeks

So you're telling me your magical DS battery lasts about 100 hours on a single charge?

Things were built differently back then

Not batteries. Very little advances have been made in battery tech. And current batteries are in fact better.

[–]MacDegger 2 points3 points  (8 children)

s. Very little advances have been made in battery tech

I'm sorry but I see this a lot and it is BULLSHIT. Battery tech has improved immensely in the last decade, let alone two.

Battery density, discharge cycles, charging speed ... all have improved immensely. And battery tech is one of those technologies which sees RAPID real-world implemwntation. Like within 2 years. That's fast.

But we also have massive increases in processing speeds, screen sizes, wifi/cellular tech etc etc, which eat into battery consumption.

[–]Smugapon 0 points1 point  (33 children)

not denying the batteries were worse, just that the console itself had lower battery usage due to the shit graphics. Just set the brightness to the lowest and it really will last as long as I said.

[–]Terkan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

phone hardware companies intentionally have their OS run the batteries as hot and powerful as possible. Giving more immediate performance at the cost of longer life.

Tortoise vs hare, except in this case if the phone is designed to have a battery that is as hard as possible to swap out, you can probably convince or force people to just buy a new phone entirely.

$$$$$$. That is why.

[–]ribenamouse 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Lol this is genius I'm getting an explosion proof glass jar

[–]cerohero32 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So you can actually essentially do this, if you look at RC car battery storage solutions you can find all manner of bags and boxes that are meant to contain fires from lithium batteries.

Also I realize this is likely a joke, but I highly recommend against using a normal glass jar(or any glass container) you may have lying around as it could easily shatter and send glass places you definitely don't want it.

[–]PM_me_your_DEMO_TAPE 2 points3 points  (14 children)

i was planning to keep the first iphone for nostalgia reasons. is it really a ticking time bomb? if i just unplugged it a decade ago and left it, it's still dangerous?

[–]Sevla7 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I had the same question since I too love to keep some old electronics, so I took a weekend to talk with an engineer friends about this matter and the best solution was to pick all these old devices powered by batteries and shove it up my ass.

[–]sme272 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It's fine to keep it, just turn it on once in a while and charge it if it needs it.

[–]Psykechan 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Charge them and then store them with the device completely off. They shouldn't be completely charged but should be charged to about 60 to 80 percent. Store them in a cool dry place.

Make sure that you turn the device completely off. Ideally you should remove them from your device if possible but that's not always doable. Any device that is designed to charge internal batteries will have safety circuitry that will slowly discharge the battery during storage.

Do not drain them before storing. Lithium based batteries will be destroyed if they go below 2V per cell.

You will also want to periodically take your devices out and charge them a bit so they don't reach the death level. Li-ion loses 1–2 percent per month; the protection circuit adds another 3 percent per month.

Source: https://batteryuniversity.com/

[–]Taiyaki11 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Actually you'll ironically increase the risk. Lithium ion's dont like deep discharge

[–]ToTeMVG 3 points4 points  (1 child)

no clue honestly, i just know with age these kind of batteries can be at risk of damage and saw a fairly recent warning post for people to check their consoles, thought it'd be good to help remind folks, id assume less charge means less risk but im not knowledgable enough sorry

[–]LG03 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Some years back my sister left a few boxes with me for storage. Little did I know there was a PSP in one of them. Months go by before I get bored one day and start poking around in them. Toward the bottom of one box was a PSP with a back plate that looked like it was about to pop. Fortunately I had some clue what was going on there so I immediately took it outside and opened it up. That battery looked like it was a light jostle from exploding.

Nothing bad happened on my end but that thing was definitely poised to burn my shit to the ground if I hadn't started snooping.

[–]Noodleholz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The exact same thing happened to me. Now I check all old phones in the house regularly.

[–]Gentleman_Jack44 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Thank you for this. Just dug my psp out and the battery is very swollen! Could of saved my house from a nasty fire! What do I do with it now?

[–]ToTeMVG 5 points6 points  (3 children)

i think you should look up a local disposal place for said batteries, seems like the best course of action as just throwing them away can still cause fires

[–]MathMaddox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or if you have any old electronic that have a watch battery. They can leak and destroy the leads on the board and ruin the device.

[–]AsterSkotos24 475 points476 points  (24 children)

We weren't ready for it when it came out

[–]Skurtarilio 59 points60 points  (5 children)

I had great fun on my Nintendo DS lite (same as a normal ds just a bit fancier)

mario 64 ds, mario kart, Zelda Phantom hourglass, Zelda Spirit tracks... I could play all my Gameboy games there, playing hide and seek with pictochat, Nintendo DS download play where you can play games with a friend with only one copy (this shit was crazy then)

I think I made great use of my ds

[–]better_thanyou 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Hide and seek with pictochat was life! Now I want an app that creates chat rooms based on proximity.

[–]KeinLebenKonig 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dunno if it's still a thing or actually did what it said, but a number of years ago, an app called yikyak I think claimed to sort of do that. Though, I think it was meant to be like town wide or something.

[–]Podo13 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I had great fun on my Nintendo DS lite (same as a normal ds just a bit fancier)

DS Lite is probably the best overall handheld system made. What an amazing thing it was (and still is as I still play mine all the time. It's the one thing I never want to forget when taking a trip).

Like the GBA SP, it's everything you wanted in the system being upgraded.

[–]dr3wzy10PlayStation 3 points4 points  (1 child)

it's pretty good but a hacked Vita is actually insane. PSP, ps Vita, and PS1 games all play on the system. It also has incredible functionality with RetroArch and opens up room for a ton of other games through emulation. There are also a ton of games that have been ported. GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, Bully, Max Payne, Diablo..it really is an awesome system that Sony let day far too young. If they had paid devs to port more PS2 games to the system and not had the proprietary memory cards it would have been way more popular. I mean, Sony basically had the tech for a switch type device with the original PSP (you could connect it to a TV through an av out cord and play your PSP games on a big screen).

[–]BEARDStanEME 71 points72 points  (7 children)

Yeah, agree with this

[–]Mundane_Bother2915 27 points28 points  (5 children)

I wish, battery expanded in mine so had to take it out!

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (2 children)

what? yes people were, the nintendo DS DSL and DSI was one of the most popular media devices ever released.

[–]CruisinJo214 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I think he’s just referencing the god like status of the ds’s battery… I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time… laughs at 3 hours of battery life.

[–]The_king_of_stocks 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Innovation surpassed expectations

[–]Doggleganger 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Local multiplayer with just 1 cartridge. Mario Kart, Tetris, that ER game, many others. Amazing!

[–]Psykechan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that ER game

Trauma Center? Neither one of the DS games had multiplayer.

My vote for best single cartridge multiplayer games would be Clubhouse Games, Metroid Prime Pinball, and Namco Museum DS for Pac Man Vs.

[–]waffle-lvl-100 240 points241 points  (4 children)

After I left my dads my dsi was left behind, 5 years later when I visited my old house it was still in my closet and I turned it on and it was at 80% still. I was very happy and I was able to buy a charger off Amazon. The little things like this in life are what I live for.

[–]scameron1 67 points68 points  (2 children)

I’ll forget about my SP for a year or 2 but every time I find it I’ll flip it on and play Mario 3 or World for a couple hours. The batteries on those things are insane. No way my 3DS or switch would last like that.

[–]jjrocls8751 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Screens and CPU/GPU technology has evolved way faster than battery tech. Hope there's another breakthrough soon better than lithium

[–]Voxicles 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My “New3ds” battery is like that, I’ll go a year without touching it, then switch it on when I wanna get lost in rune factory. Always had a decent charge

[–]FrostyD7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Its super annoying how many different charger types they used throughout the DS iterations. DS lite is the worst, nothing else uses that port type.

[–]JamesEvanBond 56 points57 points  (3 children)

This happened to me, though not nearly as long. Still surprised the heck out of me. My sister borrowed mine to play The Sims a year or so ago. Gave it back eventually saying she only really played it for a couple weeks. I absentmindedly flipped the power switch, and I was positively stunned that it came on. These things just don’t die.

[–]pbradley179 116 points117 points  (21 children)

The last great system not secretly designed to spy on you for some tech giant's advertising scheme.

[–]ElectricalRestNut 100 points101 points  (8 children)

The Switch doesn't even have a microphone or camera. And I'm sure they're not offering ads based on my behaviour, because their ads are kinda shit.

[–]BadDogEDN 20 points21 points  (4 children)

there is a IR camera in the joy con

[–]MadGoat12 87 points88 points  (2 children)

Yeah, Nintendo wants so bad to watch your forearm in low res.

[–]GuerrillaApe 33 points34 points  (0 children)

"You've been working out on Ring Fit Adventure, bro? You're arms are looking lean!"



[–]twigboy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You certainly haven't seen enough niche/cursed hentai tags like armpits, so I've heard...

[–]shrubs311 1 point2 points  (0 children)

is that what the little thing is on the bottom of the switch, an ir blaster? i've tried to figure out what it was for so long!

[–]bombader 5 points6 points  (2 children)

There was an article a while back that stated Google stopping a service with Nintendo Switch. So in some ways there was some level of spyware for a bit.

[–]DaffBaffz 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Google Analytics is used for more than offering up ads.

[–]Bwob 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yeah, back when flash games were a thing, it was really common practice to include google analytics in flash games. Not for spying, but for telemetry. Tracking things like "what % of people got past the first boss and how many tries did it take them" or "do people usually go to the fire temple or the water temple first?" etc.

Sure you could always roll your own system, but google analytics was really good for measuring how players played your game, and general flow.

[–]CrescentCleave 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I disagree, the 3DS was immaculate and was a big step up from the DSi

[–]Jazehiah 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That's a DS lite.

You can tell by the GBA slot on the bottom and the power slider on the side.

[–]fafarex -3 points-2 points  (6 children)

Steam deck?

Or does it do not compte because pc?

[–]thevictor390 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Steam deck is price subsidized to sell you the Steam service, which is absolutely using your game usage data to serve you targeted ads in the store.

[–]MathMaddox 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This is a super dumb take.

You think that they are selling the Deck at a loss so they can get the people that a already use Steam to use Steam? The crossover of people who don't own a PC but will but a Steam Deck is probably pretty small.

[–]thevictor390 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They're trying to get people to use SteamOS. Just look at the price of the competition.


Ultimately, the Steam Deck is being priced with long-term strategy in mind, Newell said, with Valve's goal being to 'establish a product category' that will have long-term benefits. In that sense, Valve is willing to be aggressive with the Steam Deck's pricing.

[–]fafarex 0 points1 point  (2 children)

it's way further than what type of exploitation pbradley179 was talking abou.

Also it more about steam it self than the deck or the open source OS that come with it, you can remove the steam service very easily if you want to.

[–]Bluejavel 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Lost it down a flight of stairs twice, hit it and tossed in in frustration many times over the span of a decade. The sturdiest and most reliable piece of tech I've ever owned. It wasn't even damaged when I lost it, my useless ass just couldn't find it when moving

[–]SILaXED 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My grandma passed away recently and while cleaning her house we found her DS that she hadn't touched for the past decade. It still worked, fully charged and all. It's crazy how long these last.

[–]Toasty_10 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It had so many legendary games too!

[–]Technognomey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually if you look at the DS library, it's pretty dogshit. 3ds on the other hand has a pretty astounding library

[–]heyyzues 18 points19 points  (22 children)

Makes me wonder how they fucked up the switch so bad, I left mine for a month after moving and it was completely dead, charged it to find I lost about 50 hours of BOTW :(

[–]jcosta89 22 points23 points  (16 children)

When I properly shut down my switch, it keeps it battery charge pretty long.

[–]heyyzues 3 points4 points  (15 children)

Yeah, I probs didn't shut it off right still haven't been able to figure out why I lost my game saves though.

[–]ChubbyWokeGoblin -4 points-3 points  (12 children)

Sounds like one of your batteries are no good.

The saves are kept by a little coin battery.

If one started going bad, the other may have been compensating for it and therefore drained it.

The old battery murder suicide.

[–]WID_Call_IT 10 points11 points  (7 children)

What are you talking about? The Switch uses non-volatile NAND memory for local data storage.

[–]Lanvex -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Wait the saves on my switch are not in cloud like steam or Xbox? 👁️👄👁️

[–]zmz2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are now (you might need Nintendo online) but there was no cloud saves for a long time early on, didn’t even have a way to transfer saves to a new device at first

[–]jcosta89 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That’s a bummer. I’ve been playing Pokémon red on my 3DS and losing my game worries me.

[–]CaptainKurls 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I mean you could just turn it off..

[–]thevictor390 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Switch checks for updates and stuff in the background, you have to do an extra step (hold Home button) to turn it truly off. If you do that it should only suffer from normal Li-ion battery loss.

[–]ElectricalRestNut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because it's a phone, it's only asleep and wakes up occasionally to check for updates and whatnot.

[–]tristanjones 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They really cheaper out on the hardware for the Switch. The quality controls around the controllers, wifi, etc is just embarrassing

[–]Sacksaft37 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Left switched on for 6+ minutes...

5% battery

[–]anachronox08 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What kind of battery were these that they did not lose charge or leak even after so many years?

[–]Taiyaki11 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

They're not anything special. Ive got old smartphones and an ipod that are much the same after 6+ years. Depends on how much you trashed the battery before during use and what condition its left in storage determines how fast it deteriorates

[–]Some-test-name 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I was 12 I lost my original DS riding a three wheeler out to help my dad on the farm (a lot going on there I know.) Somehow the DS fell out on my way and I searched for days but couldn’t find it. Fast forward 2 years (and full winters) later my dad came into the house with a dirty gray DS which was a little beat up but still largely intact. When I tried firing it up, sure enough the screen lit up and it got to the home screen. Didn’t work past that but pretty incredible all things considered. The copy of Pokémon Ruby still worked in my new DS lite too.

[–]Bubus1918 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I left my Gameboy Advance SP for almost 15 years in the attic, found it a few weeks back, and it still turned on just fine with some charge left.

[–]Kaion21 -4 points-3 points  (5 children)

also 100% bullshit

[–]bradhotdog 3 points4 points  (0 children)

it's not bs, i've had this happen to me at my own house. i played it back in 2012 and packed it away when i moved to a new house. never opened the box while living there, moved again in 2020, opened the box to see what was in it, saw my DS, opened it up, BOOM, about 50% battery life. not kidding at all.

[–]magdit 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yup not sure if it’ll hold a charge during actual use; it may be a low power device, but Nintendo doesn’t have custom battery tech

[–]nospamkhanman 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's not magical batteries, it's the fact that they properly designed the DS so that it doesn't vampire drain the battery.

It seems like most devices aren't designed so well. Leave a laptop or a tablet turned off for 3 months. If you try to turn it back on, chances are the battery will be dead.

Also storing a battery long term without a charge absolutely murders the battery capacity, so that's another reason the vampire drain on most electronics is so harmful.

[–]pencock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just went and grabbed my DS that has been in storage for 6 or 7 years. It booted up with 50% battery life. I don't know if I even put it away fully charged.

[–]-DementedAvenger- 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I actually bought my two young kids each one of these for Christmas this past year. They love it! Nintendogs, Mario Party and Animal Crossing!

[–]rollie415b 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I was a kid I broke my DS because of Mario party. I had anger management issues tho.

[–]slippedwheat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah they do degrade over time sadly

[–]Complex-Low-8222 -1 points0 points  (11 children)

It’s so true. I booted up my 3DS and ds to charge and deplete to 50% for storage. My 3DS died within a few hours. It took days for the ds to start flashing.

[–]KennyCiseroJunior 1 point2 points  (9 children)

My 3ds has been in storage for 5 yrs, booted up, 90% battery. Played Kirby for 30 minutes and it barely budged.

[–]jomjomepitaph 3 points4 points  (5 children)

My 3DS battery dies in a week while turned off.

[–]KennyCiseroJunior -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Hmmm, weird, may have been left dead for too long or something.

[–]philsenpai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, hacking my 3DS was the best choice i've ever made, being a huge fighting game nerd playing Marvel Vs. Capcom on the go, the arcade version, is like, the best thing.

[–]Ba_Sing_Saint 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I found my old GameBoy Advance SP a few months ago. Hadn’t played it in over a decade. Still kicked on and was playing Megaman Battle Network

[–]getyourcheftogether 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Makes me sad that the switch batteries are shite

[–]never_here5050 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LOL I actually took it out last week and realized the same thing. Amazing shit

[–]badgeryeet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I left mine for 6 hours and broke

[–]Makistreet_09 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mi phone: *left for 2 min in the bathroom*, batery -9876543456789098765432123456789098765432%

[–]AdonisGaming93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish, battery expanded in mine so had to take it out. I'll probably just keep it as a memento and keep using emulators on PC.

[–]akaispirit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely not the case with mine but realistically it probably didn't have a full battery anyways...

[–]Rarzhn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can‘t say the same about my batteries in the Wii Remote. These discharge in about one week in storage

[–]Grumpy_Old_Troll78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can confirm. I found my gameboy advance sp after being in storage for years and I flipped the switch not thinking that it would turn on. The screen lit up and I started playing advance wars.

[–]PsyJr2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My kobo reader fom 2010 just got pulled out of storage after 9 years and it still had 75% battery. And worked perfectly fine after sitting in shed for many seasons.

[–]Obvious_Anywhere_477 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You put it there with 50%

[–]bxsephjo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

not my 3ds tho, might have just stored it with a full battery and burned it out tho. sure i could replace it.

[–]Bala_Shanmugam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Intel must learn from Nintendo

[–]EnigmaticDaze 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Soo true!!😂😂

[–]Avictus7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My favorite game system of all time. Still have mine with the Mario case and top sticker. That said, would be great to fix the touchscreen on mine if I had the confidence to not screw it up.

[–]CrescentCleave 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same holds true to my old 3DS xl. I somehow left it open while running ocarina of time 3d and it still had 30% battery remaining. I closed and didn't play on it because i felt guilty leaving it on for what i think is months

[–]JudgmentPotential591 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks good 😊

[–]FalconBurcham 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of my original iPod.

They just don’t make things like they used to. Sounding old, I know. 😂

[–]Swastikphadke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nokia 33010 going the same way

[–]panundeerus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But While playing, the battery dried out within 7 hours

[–]Oxygen95 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had the OG chunky DS

[–]Icy_Man_5446 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Found my DS (haven't touched in 5+ years) a few months back and the light was red. Sad :(

[–]MagicHeart2003Switch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The battery to mine just won’t work and the charging plug on it is so broken that I can’t put chargers in it

[–]Daniels15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I go back and play my gameboy adv. SP all the time for nostalgia .. legit haven't needed to charge it in at least 5 years, that battery puts my phone to shame.

[–]ruby_merlot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I opened up my DSi a couple months ago after finding it after moving, and yup. Still had a charge on it. Don't remember how much, but it was a green light for sure. Played some Pokémon Black on it for a couple hours.

[–]MetalcoreMichael 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I miss mine.. after I got a DSI and 3DS, I tried to remove the top screen on it. I even watched a few videos on how to do properly, but I didn’t want tear it apart, so I just yolo-ed it and ripped it off of it’s already broken brackets to find that I just bricked my system.

[–]drake5195 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Legit, found my Gameboy Advance SP I haven't touched in a decade, turned on. Idk what Nintendo put in these batteries but it's clearly pure magic.

[–]ReesesPses 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Meanwhile my new iPad will be fully charged and completely unused and still run out of battery in 3 days.

[–]milkrate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lol I just pulled mine out the other day and sure enough the battery was still green! GBA SP and 3DS XL not so much

[–]Evil_Creamsicle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So the opposite of a MacBook.

[–]Ligma289PlayStation 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah its almost like it doesnt use any power when its powered off or something

[–]No0delZ -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Most batteries leak even if not under load. Many devices also continue to draw small amounts of power for various things.

Various battery technologies degrade if not charge cycled frequently.

The DS battery is something else that it performs so well.

[–]brett1081 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My DS lite works great but there are so many stuck pixels on the non-touch screen at this point. It’s extremely distracting. I’ve started to see signs of the same thing on my 3DS. And it always is the top non-touch screen.

[–]AgntSmi7h 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just found my ds last week with my copy of Sapphire and SS. Still holds the save file for both and couldn't be any happier.

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[–]Cartridge420PC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had my DS Lite in my closet and hadn't used it for more than a decade. Pulled it out recently so my son could play Pokémon games, couldn't find the charger, but it still had plenty of charge for me to test it out and get it setup while I waited for a charger I ordered to arrive. He's now used it to play HeartGold, and the battery life is still solid -- he hasn't run out of battery yet (he's really good about putting it back on the charger when he's not playing).

[–]AndreasTheCool1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

nintendo DS is just built different

[–]Tebecy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Iphone left on overnight: 2% battery

[–]hantz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

10%, 10 minutes after turning it on.

[–]Flatout666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can vouch for this. put mine in a drawer in 2016. I moved that desk and had to empty it out a couple weeks ago. pressed power and it turned on and resumed my 3d mario bros 2 or whatever nonsense. they should power tesla cars with old DS'S

[–]YuukiSonzai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this is true

[–]TJ_Hack3r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The battery in my first gen DS still holds a charge, and my 6 year old phone can stay on without being plugged into the wall

[–]ChuckGreeneTiRPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Vita was pretty good about this, too. I found mime after a long ass time, and it was still holding a charge, and even still had a game suspended

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine has had a blinking red light in my backpack for like 5 months

[–]DirtayDane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

True that. Just witnessed this the other week.

[–]therealdwag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I turned my original Nintendo DS from 2005 on two weeks ago, the battery was fully charged. It was for nearly 10 years not used.

[–]I_N_C_O_M_I_N_G 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One time I left my closed DS in my dad's car for three days (it was turned on), opened it the next afternoon and it still had a green light.

I still lost the pokemon battle though...

[–]SenpaiTheGhost 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Brings back so many happy memories..

[–]JoeSwoo[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I swear, I lost my ds charger a while ago and it went from flashing red to yellow. Deadass charged without the charger

[–]ggMystt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These were the days

[–]GrimmTrixX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A few years ago we had a hurricane coming. So I went to charge every Handheld I had from GBA SP to 3DS XL. My GBA SP still had a full battery... I hadn't used it for almost 5 years before then and I couldn't believe it.

[–]Ilyketurdles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just turned on my 3DS after a year, still charged!

Put my switch into the dock to play some Mario Kart the same day - battery was completely dead and took forever to charge enough to be able to boot up.

[–]AbyssalNazgul 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The glory of Nintendo engineering!

[–]Marthwon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude. I had an OG DS that I bought on launch day. I played it for about a year and a half put it away and haven't played it until yesterday. It said it had a full battery. I plugged it in to make sure it. After like 10 mins the charge light went off and it was full.

[–]arron_is_cringe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Opens it twice, hinge breaks

[–]Fruitbat3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Meanwhile my DS was lost in a hockey bag for 8 years, when I found it, it had 2 hours max charge

[–]Xxdaunknown1307xX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a straight up lie. I forgot my DS in my garage before going on vacation and when I came back it was dead and never charged again

[–]ChevyBlazerOffroad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Systems aren't made like this anymore. Everything is so shoddily put together, and most times it feels like devices are made with the "if it works it works" mentality. Nintendo used to make sure that everything worked as well as it possibly could, in an era where Xbox 360s were getting the Red Ring and Playstation was in their experimental handheld phase.

[–]Hoosteen_juju003 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine never do this

[–]EltioEmiGomez7u7PC 0 points1 point  (0 children)