Game Boy Advance SP Rechargeable Battery Frequently Asked Questions

(These FAQ's only apply to the Game Boy Advance SP system. Link here for original Game Boy Advance FAQ's.)


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

    On the brighter setting, the average battery life is approximately 7-10 hours (depending on the model of Game Boy Advance SP you have). Battery life can be extended when using the dimmer settings. The battery requires roughly 3 hours of charging. It is okay to continue to play the Game Boy Advance SP while it is charging, though the unit will take longer to charge.

    Fun Fact: The Game Boy Advance SP's power light will change from green to red when the battery life is at 30% - 20%.

  • How long does the battery take to charge?

    The battery requires 3 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 Game Boy Advance SP 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.
    • If you are looking for additional battery packs, these can be purchased through our Online Store, or by calling our Consumer Service Department at 1-800-255-3700.

  • 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
    For more information or for assistance from Nintendo, click here to email us.

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

    We recommend charging the battery pack completely before its first use. We also recommend charging it completely if you haven't played the Game Boy Advance SP for the first time. It takes about three hours--with the unit turned off--to fully charge the battery.

    Other than those two instances, you can recharge the battery pack at any time. A full charge lasts about 7-10 hours while on the brightest setting. Battery life can be extended when using the dimmer settings. The Game Boy Advance SP's power light will change from green to red when the battery life is at 20% - 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 Game Boy Advance SP uses a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.

  • Can I play my Game Boy Advance SP while I'm recharging the battery?

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

  • Can I listen to headphones while the Game Boy Advance SP is recharging?

  • Due to the compact size of the system, we were limited on space for additional input devices. The AC adapter and headphones use the same jack, making it impossible to use the headphone jack during charging (of course the Game Boy Advance SP's speaker will still work during charging).