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PSP Owners, Check Your Batteries

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Screenshot: PlayStation Japan

This weekend on Japanese Twitter, “PSP バッテリー” (PSP battery) started trending. Owners of the Sony handheld began noticing that the batteries were swelling up, and in some cases bursting open.

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The original PSP 1000 and later slim models are reportedly experiencing battery swelling. The PSP first launched in 2004 in Japan, and as IT Media points out, the older handhelds might have been collecting dust. Perhaps, neglected, unplayed PSPs are the cause? [Update 7/28/20 6:50 AM: Or as Twitter user Takunomi points out, lithium batteries do eventually experience this over time.]

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As you can see, the swelling is noticeable.

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Not every PSP owner is experiencing battery swelling as evident in the tweets below.

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But those PSPs that are experiencing this issue... Yikes!

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IT Media reached out to Sony for comment and was told that batteries have life spans that decrease over time. “Please refrain from using [the PSP] when the battery has experienced swelling,” stated Sony, adding that it the handheld should not be used without the battery cover.

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Be sure to check your batteries!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

This is definitely one of the crappy things about rechargeable batteries. I had the extended battery kit for my PSP-2000 (basically a larger PSP-1000 battery with some alternate battery covers to accommodate), which gave the console some good battery life, but a while back it succumbed to this as well.

Friendly reminder: don’t throw your batteries in the trash! Batteries and other electronics need to be disposed of properly because of hazardous materials in them. Some retailers like Best Buy will take rechargeable batteries and other electronics to be recycled (though not disposable alkaline batteries, which is annoying).

What I do is collect anything that can’t go in the trash—depleted batteries, broken cables, fluorescent bulbs, printer carts, etc—and when I have a large collection of things I take them by the recycling center to be properly disposed of. Please don’t throw electronics in the trash!!