How long is a healthy DS's battery life?

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#1 Zerocrossings
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Cause i think my DS runs out of battery way too fast.
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#2 GabuEx
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From Nintendo's FAQ about the DS battery:

"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. .... The battery will last for several years (or about 500 charges) before battery life starts dropping."

If you have problems, the website says to see their troubleshooting guide on the subject.

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Weird thing about my battery is that I didn't turn my DS on for I think a year and a half and then I decide to turn it back on to play a little and it's completely full. Anyone know if Nintendo made magic batteries that doesn't lose power over time?
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Maybe your screen-brightness is set to high ?

If you really have no idea what may be the cause, there might be a problem with your DS.
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#5 razorburn0
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Mines fine. I can get up to around 6-8 hours before it dies.
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Weird thing about my battery is that I didn't turn my DS on for I think a year and a half and then I decide to turn it back on to play a little and it's completely full. Anyone know if Nintendo made magic batteries that doesn't lose power over time?Koinuboy

Unlike the PSP, the DS was designed so that battery power would not bleed during periods of time that it is off. How annoying is it for us PSP owners that forget to charge our PSPs and they become fully depleated. Gotta reset the date and time along with other things. Nintendo wanted to avoid that.

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#7 hack-shinobi
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Mine lasts for quite a long time... I don't know the exact time though...
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[QUOTE="Koinuboy"]Weird thing about my battery is that I didn't turn my DS on for I think a year and a half and then I decide to turn it back on to play a little and it's completely full. Anyone know if Nintendo made magic batteries that doesn't lose power over time?aries8269

Unlike the PSP, the DS was designed so that battery power would not bleed during periods of time that it is off. How annoying is it for us PSP owners that forget to charge our PSPs and they become fully depleated. Gotta reset the date and time along with other things. Nintendo wanted to avoid that.

You usually have a backup battery for system settings just like your computer has.

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Is it one of the old ones? I played mine to death, and now it only gets about three or four hours. But with my Lite, on its least bright setting, I get around 17-20 hours even after having it for more than a year now.
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Weird thing about my battery is that I didn't turn my DS on for I think a year and a half and then I decide to turn it back on to play a little and it's completely full. Anyone know if Nintendo made magic batteries that doesn't lose power over time?Koinuboy

They definitely don't leak much, mine was fully charged after leaving it sit for about 6 months before. Granted one of the buttons wasn't working when I picked it back up, but big N fixed that for me under warranty.

As for how much you get, I average about 8 hours on each charge

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#11 Kikouken
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I can play about 10 hours with my backlight on low.
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#12 aries8269
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[QUOTE="aries8269"]

[QUOTE="Koinuboy"]Weird thing about my battery is that I didn't turn my DS on for I think a year and a half and then I decide to turn it back on to play a little and it's completely full. Anyone know if Nintendo made magic batteries that doesn't lose power over time?Arnalion

Unlike the PSP, the DS was designed so that battery power would not bleed during periods of time that it is off. How annoying is it for us PSP owners that forget to charge our PSPs and they become fully depleated. Gotta reset the date and time along with other things. Nintendo wanted to avoid that.

You usually have a backup battery for system settings just like your computer has.

Unfortunately, that isnt the case with either PSP or DS. The DS reset its settings on me when I changed batteries out one time. Wish that was a feature built in however...having opened the PSP to replace a screen, I have absolutely no idea where they would put such a batter like the CMOS battery for computers. It is so tightly compacted inside the casing of the PSP that it wouldnt fit anywhere.

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I've had my DS since the '04 launch and now my battery only lasts a few hours after being completely charged. I'm thinking about either getting a Lite or ordering a new battery.
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#14 Game-Master-58
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Cause i think my DS runs out of battery way too fast.Zerocrossings