So i've been told by a few people here that some of their old games no longer save and that they need their batteries replaced but don't know how to solder or are not willing to do it themselves. I replace and resolder my own save batteries all the time so its a piece of cake for me.
I'm offering my services for save battery replacement. I can replace the save batteries for your Nintendo NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Advanc, Sega Genesis and 32X
game cartridges. Ive seen some video game repair websites charge $10 per battery replacement. I will be charging $5 per battery replacement + return shipping. Il pay for return shipping if I do more than 4 games. I will also clean and polish the pins on your games as an added bonus. I plan on using original Panasonic 3V batteries and will not use any of those generic off brand batteries for better reliability.
If interested in this service, please let me know so we can work out a deal. Also willing to trade the service for video games.image
If you prefer, I can also install this battery holder with an easy to remove battery for those people who want to replace the batteries themselves in the future. $6 price on this method which includes 1 battery holder & 1 Panasonic battery. Note: depending on the size of the board, I may not be able to fit this holder on all games. Also, these battery holders are not compatible with Gameboy or GBA games.image
Smaller holder style to put on front of board instead of the back under side like the other bigger holder.image
tracking topic , thanks
I just started, feel free to send pm for any questions or possible sale and trade offers.
Well, there is different types of batteries. There is the chinese no brand name batteries which work just fine. These are most commonly sold on Ebay and Amazon advertised for old video games. Although im not sure how long they last, some claim 5 years, others say 10 years, not sure who to believe. But since I never used these myself, I don't really know.
Then there is the Panasonic brand batteries which I feel are more reliable and are recommended by most collectors I know. They should last longer than a decade or so ive heard. I use these myself on all my games and some of the games I installed these on from like 5 years ago still save fine. These are the batteries I plan on using for the service. For SNES and Genesis for example, I would use a Panasonic CR2032 3V 225mAh battery. Of course, there is more expensive batteries which could be even better such as the Renata brand. I'm not sure how long they can last. I have seen some of those batteries go for over $7 each but I haven't heard anyone talk about using those as retro game save batteries.
Personally, I think the Panasonic brand is fine since that was the brand originally used by Nintendo on old NES carts. Heck, Ive read some people claim that their Zelda II NES still saved ok after all these years and they still use the original Panasonic battery that was installed back from the late 80s, early 90s.
Well, I do know that most SNES games used CR2032 Maxell brand batteries. I use Panasonic brand on SNES carts with no issues. Most Sega Genesis games used flash memory and didn't use batteries. But the few games that did have a battery, were mostly CR2032 batteries. Cant remember the brand though.
just out of curiosity, I just checked the voltage on the original Panasonic battery that's still installed on my Tecmo Super Bowl on NES and it still has voltage. That should give u an idea on how long they could last. I guess it just depends on how much u play the games and or how often you save.
These are actually using cr2032's? Damn. Had no idea.
> I might be using your service soon. Do you know if the nintendo memory paks use
> a battery? I haven't opened up mine yet I'd have to look if I have a security bit
> as part of my drill set. I got Mario Kart 64 with a nice bonus memory pak (official
> nintendo) which still has the saves on it but I might want to have you install a
> new battery so it's good to go for the long haul (+ a few SNES games so I get free
> shipping back)
Those N64 memory cards do use a save battery FYI. You can actually get a DexDrive and transfer your saves to your PC, install a new battery, and transfer them back if you wantedhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-64-Dex-Drive-Memo...
Yes, N64 memory cards do use save batteries, CR2032 size I believe. It is possible to save the saves from the card by installing an extra battery while I change out the main battery, but quite honestly Its a tricky process. And if I mess up, all those saves will be gone. I would recommend using that Dexdrive MrZeem mentioned to save your saves to PC and then transfer those saves back when theyre done. Now if you don't care about the saves, then I can just replace the battery no problem.
> Am I still on the pay no mind list?
As long as you don't try to sabotage this thread or make any sarcastic remarks.
I added the battery holder to my Buck Rogers
game when I realized it wasn't holding a save. Not a bad service to offer.
did u resoder the pins on the holder. You may need to resodder it for better contact. Or use a multimeter to see if battery is getting good voltage
Sorry, I will clarify what I meant. I realized that my copy of Buck Rogers was no longer holding a save (the battery was bad). So when I replaced it I added the battery holder so that the battery could be easily replaced in the future.
> Hey Kwaza, do you test the voltage on the cell batteries? I'm sorry to pester you
> so much and I am sending my games this week I promise. (I might be sending more
> carts actually). Just curious how fresh these batteries are? Thanks man!
Yes, I test all the batteries with my multimeter before I install them to make sure they have the correct voltage.
I always make sure they are at 3.2v or over.
uploaded a pic for an installed smaller holder that will go right side up on the board itself.
Is the console not working or something. Well ive never done a full capacitor replacement other than on my own NES system. But yeah, I can replace all the capacitors on the board as long as the capacitor replacement kit comes with it. I know console5 sells cap kits for the motherboard.
Yes i do, send offer
Are you listing this service anywhere else? I'd expect your inbox would be flooded if you posted on nintendoage.com. I don't have anything that needs battery replacement otherwise I'd hire you.
I had it on NintendoAge but no one seemed interested. And the only person that was interested wanted me to do his discs for 50 cents. Like seriously,lol