PS Vita Not Properly Charging

psvita charger

Today I was faced with a problem that I was not mentally prepared for. My PS Vita refuses to charge.

Last night I turned my PS Vita on so I could see if the weekly sale was in the PS Store yet. Each week on Tuesday they have a sale on games. I knew I was early because it was Monday night, but it was after midnight so I thought I’d check. I noticed that the battery icon showed that it had about 50% battery. It doesn’t say 50%, but it was around there. I plugged it in and let it charge for about an hour and the light turned off. I assumed if the light turned off that it was fully charged, so I went to sleep.

This morning I turned it on to check for the weekly sales, and I noticed that the battery icon was still at that halfway point, so I plugged it in again and forgot about it for about an hour.

PS Vita Screen

After an hour, I thought this has to be at full charge by now, but as you can see, it was still at the 50% mark. I didn’t understand why it was doing that, and I was starting to panic, so I went to Google and searched for the problem. I searched “PS Vita not charging” and the first post that I came across said to just plug it in and start playing a game, so I did. I plugged it in and started playing Minecraft. I played for about 10-15 minutes. You would think that after being plugged in for 10-15 minutes it would have at least gone up to 75% or something, but it didn’t move at all.

I turned it off all the way off by pressing and holding the power button until I saw POWER OFF. I actually did that last night and before the Minecraft “fix” that didn’t exactly fix anything. You can usually solve any problem by turning it off then back on again. Usually.

I read another message board post that put me in a panic attack. It said if you have only had it for like say a couple of weeks or a month to go back to the store and return it for an exchange. Well, I’ve had mine for 5 months, so yeah I can’t exactly do that, now can I? I kept reading, and was getting more discouraged by the minute until I went to find the original box that the PS Vita came in, which yes, I had because I save things like that lol.

Inside the box I found a couple of things. I found that I have a 2 year warranty from Game Stop, thank goodness for my partner buying the warranty with my Christmas present. I also found something, it’s a little box that you plug the USB cable into and a plug. I never unpacked those because I figured if it can be charged via USB cable, why use that? So I took it out, took a picture (above) and plugged it in and guess what? It charged my PS Vita to 100%.

This is my fix for this issue, and it may or may not work for everyone else just like the plug it in and play a game fix didn’t work for me, but if you haven’t tried it, try it and see if it works. I sure am glad I figured that one out. Technology doesn’t love me as much as I love it.

Hannah Montana PSP?

hannahpspI guess Sony has realized that there is a market for their PlayStation Portable for girls so they are coming out with a Hannah Montana PSP that is Lilac colored.

The Sony PSP Hannah Montana Lilac Bundle sells for $199.99 as most PSP bundles do and it comes with:

Limited Edition Hannah Montana Entertainment Pack Bundle includes limited edition “Lilac” PSP®-3000 system, Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show UMD® game, Hannah Montana UMD® video, 2GB Memory Stick® Pro Duo, and PSP® vinyl stickers! Design and star in the show in the new Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show video game. Travel to seven amazing locations around the world and customize your concerts. Design each performance including stage sets, song lists, and performers. Create a custom show in each city you visit and rock the stage for your fans!

This ships on 8/4/09 so to all the girls who ordered this your time is coming soon so just be patient a little longer.  You are lucky because you are getting the PSP 3 with 2GB of memory stick and stickers.  Not that I needed stickers but I am a little bitter that I only have 1GB memory stick heh.  I also have the PSP 2.  I’m happy with it though.

Although there is something that I didn’t notice as being listed and that’s the charger and battery.  I’m sure it comes with it because you can’t have a PSP without those but they just didn’t list them at the GameStop website.