Nintendo DS Rechargeable Battery Frequently Asked Questions


  • How long does the rechargeable battery last before it needs to be charged again?

    Battery life largely depends upon the game being played, but it can last about 10 hours, which is comparable to the Game Boy Advance SP.

    Fun Fact: The Nintendo DS's power light will change from green to red when the battery life is around 30%.

  • How long does it take to charge the battery?

    The battery requires four hours of charging. You will know when it is fully charged when the amber charging light shuts off. It is okay to continue to play the Nintendo DS while it is charging, though the unit will take longer to charge.

  • Will I ever need to replace the rechargeable battery?

    The battery will last for several years (or about 500 charges) before battery life starts dropping. If you experience problems with your battery, please try our power/battery troubleshooting.

  • How do I replace the battery?

    • If you feel your rechargeable battery needs to be replaced, please try our troubleshooting steps first.
    • If you already have a new, licensed rechargeable battery, please click here for help installing it.

  • How do I dispose of the battery?

    When disposing of a rechargeable battery, please be sure to follow appropriate local guidelines and regulations.

    • Do not disassemble, attempt to repair, or deform the battery pack.
    • Do not dispose of batteries in a fire.

    To find a collector site near you, please contact your local solid waste authority or visit: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/battery.htm

    If local options are not available, Nintendo offers a Take-Back option where we can arrange for recycling or disposal. For more information, please call us at 1-800-255-3700.

  • Does the battery have to be totally depleted before I can charge it?

    We recommend charging the battery pack completely before its first use, or after you have not used it for a long time (the battery should be recharged at least once every six months). It takes about four hours--with the unit turned off--to fully charge the battery.

    Other than these two instances, you can recharge the battery pack at any time. The Nintendo DS's power light will change from green to red when the battery life is around 30%.

    Note: The unit should not be left uncharged for long periods of time. Leaving it uncharged for long periods (months) may shorten the battery life. As with all batteries, the charge will slowly dissipate if not re-charged, even if it's not turned on.

  • What type of battery is it?

    The Nintendo DS uses a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.

  • Can I play my Nintendo DS while I'm recharging the battery?

    Yes, it is possible to play your Nintendo DS while the battery is recharging; however, this will cause the charging process to take longer than the typical four hours when the system is not being played at the same time.