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Topic: Will my 3DS break if I don't use it much?

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tariqyasiin

Hi friends,

I own a 3DS from 2017 that I have not been using much lately since I had my Switch. I have been reading around and I haven't found an ultimum answer to my question.

Will the battery on my 3DS go bad if I leave it shutdown and not use it for a long time?

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@tariqyasiin Well, it might Die ya, You just got to charge it every now and then, but leaving it like that for like 2 years will probably kill it.

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TowaHerschel7

@Snatcher Well not the 3DS exactly, but the battery will die. Still cheaper to replace the battery than buy a brand new 3DS, and will probably last longer than a used 3DS.

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@TowaHerschel7 I think so, I'm about 97% So if you charge it every now and then it should be just fine.

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@Snatcher @TowaHerschel7 Also opening and closing the screen 5 times every month if not not used will prevent the hinges from clogging.

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Just remove the battery if it's going into storage or charge it twice a year. I checked my Game Boy Advance SP after 8 years and somehow it had plenty of juice! You won't see that with a modern device.

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@Kayvoo i have also done this. I had a couple of gba sp and they still power on and I forgot the last time I charged them

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I'm not sure what's happened to battery durability but it used to be much better. Perhaps modern consoles keeping time when turned off uses a tiny bit of energy..

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@tariqyasiin What you're really talking about is the lifespan of lithium ion batteries. 3DS uses ithium ion batteries, just like your cell phone, tablets, laptops, or ipods back in the day. All you can do is your best to prolong their life. Not using them for months or years, their capacity degrades. You can charget them to 100%, but it won't last as long as it did when it was new

Nintendo is aware some Switch controllers may sit for long periods without being used. So, to try an prolong their life, they recommend charging them once ever three months (I think that's what it is?). The same logic applies to 3ds battery. Charging it every six months is better than charging it once a year, and the battery will be worse off if its only charged once in two years, etc..

If you can get a nintendo branded battery, they battery capacity & life will likely be batter than off-brand batteries. Also notice, the battery says "Li-ion" for lithium-ion. I don't know if nintendo has an online store like this in your region. Pasting the links, so you can see replacement batteries exist.
3ds/2ds https://store.nintendo.com/battery-pack-nintendo-3ds-nintendo...
3ds xl https://store.nintendo.com/battery-pack-new-nintendo-3ds-xl-n...

@Kayvoo Back in the day, I think nickel-cadmium batteries didn't degrade as much if they weren't used, but they still had limitations. Lithium ion batteries took over the market because of the advantages they had over nickel-cadmium (I think the abbreviation was Ni-Cad). The every day use of cell phone/smart phones is better suited for lithium ion.

I'm not going to pretend I know everything about batteries, but that's my basic understanding.

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iaLgan

Better turn my 3DS i guess. Been some time. But all chargeable batteries tend to degrade over time that's a given. Even tried my old PSP charged it's been like 5 years since i turned it on works fine Put full sound on it to test for how long 2h still going.

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Thanks bud, I thought it may have either been due to an industry wide adoption of new tech or planned obsolesence.

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Tyranexx

I've done some reading on this recently, though more specifically regarding phone use/charging. While there are ways to prolong lithium ion battery life, it will still inevitably degrade. Just charging your 3DS unit up every 6 months or so should be fine. And if it's going into storage for awhile, remove the battery and only partially charge it (50-60%, which I know is hard to gauge with the 3DS since the battery indicator doesn't give an exact percentage).

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iaLgan

Doesn't matter unless you keep it in a dungeon with mold and stuff. It will work fine as it used to work.

Tested with few phones and even nintendo wii controlers batteries (not the best idea) but it still works fine after a long long time.

Oh PSP died after 5h20min something with full sound turned on. After 5 years i guess it's good (made me revisit MG:Acid1-2 again )

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TommyTendo

I think it will be fine. I have 4 different 3DS's, and even if I haven't used them for a year or two they have always worked whenever I have recharged them and turned them on.

iLikeUrAttitude

I've had my 3ds turned off and put away for years back when it was broken.
When I fixed it it works perfectly now battery included. And yes I checked the battery, it isn't warped in any way and it still looks brand new.
So this issue should be the least of your worries. I had no idea this was a concern/issue to begin with.

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