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The PlayStation Portable (PSP) debuted in distant 2004, almost 16 years ago. Surely if you have one you have played hundreds of hours with it and have recharged them on numerous occasions. The rechargeable batteries of devices like these wear out not only with use, but time also takes its toll, like other electronic products, the PSP battery has a useful life and it seems that they are beginning to fulfill their cycle, since Users around the world are reporting that their PSP batteries are swelling.

Last weekend Twitter users began reporting that their PSP batteries (especially the original PSP 1000 and later Slim models) were starting to swell abnormally, Destructoid reports. This expansion was so great that in some cases even the package containing them inside the PSP had been broken.

In case you missed it: Sony no longer offers repair services for the PSP in Japan.

Like other rechargeable batteries, those of the PlayStation Portable are made of lithium. In case you don’t know, batteries have a useful life and close to the expiration date, the containers tend to swell due to the corrosive substances they contain. This is why it is recommended to change the batteries before they reach their expiration date or after so much use.

As you can imagine, it is not recommended to use the console in this state and Sony also warned not to turn it on without the battery being covered. « Please refrain from using [el PSP] when the battery is experiencing bloat, ”Sony told IT Media (via Kotaku).

What to do if the battery is swollen?

This problem is not exclusive to the PSP, but is common in electronic devices whose battery is not replaced after a long time. If you have one of the affected models, we recommend you check if the battery has any abnormality. You will be able to notice it easily, since the expansion makes the packaging expand a lot, breaking with the shape of the housing.

If the battery is swollen, then you will have to change and dispose of it properly. Later, if you plan to play with the console, you will have to get a battery with the same characteristics (either 3.6 V and 1200 mAh or 3.6 V and 1800 mAh depending on the model). In case the battery has spilled its liquid, you will have to clean the affected areas.

Keep in mind that even if the battery has an abnormality in its size, the PSP may still turn on, as the internal liquids of the battery can still offer power. However, as Sony mentions, it is recommended not to play in this state.

On the other hand, it is possible that, although the model of your PSP is one of the oldest, it does not present an abnormal expansion and it may work properly even though you have never changed the battery. However, it is recommended that you replace the battery as soon as possible so as not to get to the point where the battery swells.

This not only applies to the PSP, but to any equipment that uses conventional or rechargeable batteries. In addition, you should know that the batteries begin to lose their charge capacity after certain recharges, so that over time they offer less effective time before needing to recharge. So we advise you to change the battery constantly.

Have you had a similar problem with this type of batteries? Have you checked your PSP yet?
Have you ever seen the internal liquid spilled from a battery into a device? Tell us in the comments.

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