PSP Owners, Check Your Batteries

PSP Owners, Check Your Batteries

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.

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?

As you can see, the swelling is noticeable.

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

But those PSPs that are experiencing this issue… Yikes!

IT Media reached out to Sony for comment and was told that batteries have life spans with the battery life getting shorter and shorter 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.

Be sure to check your batteries!


  • Dunno why people are only now discovering this. I always figured this was common knowledge as my PSP batteries did the same thing a while ago now and I never bothered to replace them.

    • I was checking through my old stuff as I had to sort it out, found the PSP battery bulging. I had no idea what to do with it, as I was worried it would explode. I ended up putting it in the bin as I figured it was safest(?).
      Meanwhile, my old upright NES is still working despite being older than me

  • Seriously?
    Mine did that after the first four-five years or so.
    In fact I just put fresh batteries in both of mine recently, as I have been going through and cleaning up my handheld collection.
    They are cheap and super easy to replace.
    Plus there are larger capacity ones now too.

  • My battery did that in the first two years and I had Dick Smiths replace it once but then it happened again so I didn’t bother. I just chucked the shits and moved onto something else.

  • I’ve got 3 PSPs (1000 & 2 x 2000), and so far I’ve seen one battery that’s bulged to the point of splitting the plastic casing, it was the original PSP 1000 battery that I replaced with a higher capacity one years ago.

    Its been sitting on a shelf with a bulging phone battery (HTC Desire) for the better part of the last year or so, because while I know you’re not supposed to throw them in the household garbage, I haven’t been arsed to take them to battery world.

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