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PSP Owners Report Swelling Lithium Batteries, Check Yours

Sam Arnold

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Playstation Portable owners across the world have reported swelling batteries for the original PSP 1000 and slim models.

If you’ve ever owned a PSP before, check your batteries now. Reports have gone viral on Twitter about swelling batteries. With newer consoles popping up often, you might not have played your PSP in years. It’s time to pull it out of your closet and check up on your Playstation Portable. Sony launched the portable console in Japan in 2004. 

The PSP and Swelling Lithium Batteries

Kotaku reports that the swelling batteries began happening in Japan. The reports involved the original  1000 and  Slim models. Lithium batteries do swell up over time. Even if you’ve kept playing yours since 2004, you might still notice its battery expanding.

Battery swelling also happened to users outside Japan. American users have also tweeted out photos of their expanding batteries.


PSP Lithium Batteries Close to Exploding

While some gamers didn’t experience battery swelling, many users saw their batteries pop out of their cases. This case poses more risk since the battery might explode and harm the player. 

Sony’s Advice to PSP Owners with Swelling Lithium Batteries

In the Kotaku report, Sony said that its lithium batteries have limited lifespans. Over time, battery lifespans get reduced. The company advises all owners to stop playing if their batteries start expanding. Players also should not use the PSP without the battery cover. 

If your PSP battery just swelled up, or if it looks like it might burst, throw it away. But do it correctly. Discarded batteries can harm the environment. You can also send your battery to a gadget shop, and they’ll dispose of it for you.

Arnold is a senior British tech reporter at Tekrati. Before joining Tekrati, Arnold worked as an editor for his University Newspaper, writing sharable content for a student audience. Sam loves movies, running, and anything written by Oliver Sacks. The drink he chose is tea, which he does not recommend in large quantities.

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