How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

The other day I picked up a copy of Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color and while playing I noticed that the save function was dead meaning I had to replace its battery. I figured this was a great opportunity to finally make a guide on how to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering.

This method is fast and simple but you need a couple things beforehand which are the following:


How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering


How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

-Box cutter or knife

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering


How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

With all the materials in place, you can now begin changing the battery!

STEP 1 - OPEN THE CARTRIDGE

This step is pretty easy, just pick up the screwdriver and open the cartridge from the back, just don't forget to slide the front instead of pulling it, otherwise, you'll break it.

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

STEP 2 - REMOVE THE BATTERY

There are two metal pieces soldered to each pole of the battery and you need to remove them, that's when the box cutter comes in.

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

Just place the box cutter underneath the top metal piece and start cutting through the solder, after a while, the solder will wear off and detach itself from the battery. Then you are free to lift the battery and do cut the second metal piece.

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

But, be careful! Use too much force and the box cutter might slide off and hit the circuit board or even cut you. 

BE PATIENT WITH THIS STEP!!!

STEP 4 - PLACE THE BATTERY

Now, grab the electrical tape and place it underneath the plus pole, make sure it's well fixated and place the battery on top of it. Then, connect the minus pole to the battery and wrap everything tightly.

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

It's important to wrap everything as tight as possible to make sure that the battery is always connected to both poles. If one stops making contact for a second or two say goodbye to your save file.

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

If you want to you can even put one more layer or two of tape but make sure you can close the cartridge afterward.

How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering

STEP 5 - CLOSE THE CARTRIDGE

Now, you can close the cartridge but before screwing it make sure the battery is well placed by playing the game and see if it saves. If yes, congrats, you can screw it and enjoy the game. If not, repeat Step 4 again.


STEP 6 - DONE!

And that's how to change a Game Boy game cartridge without soldering, it's pretty easy and anyone can do it. Just be careful with the box cutter please, if you're a kid ask your parents for help!

Also, if you 're interested, here are a couple of links on this topic:





How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering How to change a Game Boy game battery without soldering Reviewed by Gamer By Mistake on March 25, 2019 Rating: 5

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