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02 Sep 2012
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Ps Vita won't charge

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I've had my unit for 10 days and it's been charging fine but suddenly it won't charge from the ac adaptor no matter what socket I use in my home, USB via my laptop doesn't charge either, when I plug in the system (logo face forward) nothing happens the battery icon doesn't display a charge animation like before and the light doesn't go orange, vita on or off, I've tried numerous restarts and even a factory reset but nothing.... Crappy system.

 

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If you are still having issues with your PS Vita not charging and have tried the steps offered in this thread, you can also try tweeting Ask PlayStation UK for direct assistance. (Operating hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 2:30pm to 11:00pm GMT)

 

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My 1st of 4 Vitas did the same as this, had to go back to retailer as eventually it died as I couldn't charge it and that was the end of it.

 

Whatever you do if it is under 14  days (or 30 if your amazon) get it back to your retailer quick, you don't want to have to deal with the brick wall known as $ony tech support. Mine needs to go back and its going to go away for at least 2 weeks whilst they test it and eventually replace it.

 

Crappy system describes the Vita perfectly, Sony are letting us down on this system the potential is there in the hardware  but the implementation of software is appauling and Sony treats its customers with contempt and hatred. If it was not the only decent portable machine on the market I would have got rid of mine on the 2nd VIta out of the 4.

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Okay let me explain something that I've recently figured out.

 

1: The PS Vita can be charged in two ways.

 

Method 1:

Pluging the PS Vita's usb cord to the AC Adapter.

If the Vita is still "on" and hasn't "shut off" you can still continue to play while it charges.

       

Method 2:

        In order to charge via usb to PS3 or PC, your PS Vita must be off and in the system settings   the option "Charge by USB" must be checked.

 

2: Once the Vita has died you can not turn it on until after it has been charged  for about 20-30mins.

 

Here are some SOLUTIONS! To your problems.

 

"Test your PS Vita's USB cord."

If your Vita has died and it will not charge by plugging the PS Vita's USB to the AC Adapter (Also known as the Black Block) try plugging it into your PC, Laptop or PS3! If the orange light comes on. That indicates that the USB Adapter is working fine!

 

Easy 10$ Fix: The AC Adapters that come with the PS Vita are really cheap... meaning they can easily break! You can find these AC Adapters at your local Walmart or Bestbuy for about 10$. If this doesn't work you can simply return the product back to the retailer. So you don't really lose anything but saved yourself from buying another system.

 

"If your PS Vita doesn't charge via USB plugging into AC Adapter or Computer (Must be OFF to be charged on computer,laptop or PS3)"

Then there is a huge possibility that the USB cord is ruined or you mistakenly plugged it in wrong the Vita. If it the Icon doesn't turn Orange or flash Orange. It is indeed a clear indication that the USB wire doesn't work!    

 

USB Cable cost 5-15$

 

"Correct way to plug in the USB on PS Vita"

(Vita must be facing up and the PS logo on the usb must be facing up!)

 

If none of these work.

Call Customer Support or keep your receipt so incase if it does break you can return it!

 

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So my vita when I plug it in the oragne light flashes twice and then it does nothing.  What do I do????????

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Greywind_ wrote:

So my vita when I plug it in the oragne light flashes twice and then it does nothing.  What do I do????????

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Wait for a few minutes to allow it to build up some charge, then hold power for at least 30 seconds. This should force the system to do a hard reset. Give it a try and let us know what happens!

 

Do this connected to AC, and not a computers USB port.

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Greywind_ wrote:

So my vita when I plug it in the oragne light flashes twice and then it does nothing.  What do I do????????

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I got the same problem, and currently helpless. I heard if you are lucky, you can change AC Adapter, but worst, you need to call Sony for replacement.

 

If I'm not wrong, we both have this kind of issue, don't we:

 

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If you want to try a different AC adapter you could go to your local GAME, HMV, or Blockbuster (If they're still open) and ask if you can try one of their pre-owned chargers.

They should oblige as you'll probably buy it if it works, and if not, then it's the Vita that's at fault.
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I am currently on my 3rd PS Vita after sending two back because they wouldn't charge. Low and behold, my latest one has suddenly stopped charging too, not had it back long either. Sony have been brilliant and come to my work to collect my previous Vita's and deliver them back but will they be so obliging now the 12 months are up since I bought it?

 

It's really frustrating as I would be lost without my Vita on the train to and from work. it's not as if I mistreat them, I'm gentle and kind as if it were a pet and even carry a cloth with it to wipe away my dirty fingerprints.

 

I shall try a couple of restarts and prey it kicks in to life again otherwise yet another call to the Customer Services guys. I've still got 1/2 battery life so I can play around of Everybodys Golf tomorrow at least.   

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so what ended up being the problem? mine blinks twice as well then do nothing no charge

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i plugged it in with the 2nd method. It has not died but the battery is still on red and wont get higher and it was on for about a hour.

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I think i am now part of this club :(

 

My VITA doesnt seem to want to turn on.

 

I get the orange light to indicate charging - then the light extinguishes.

 

When i try to turn the unit on - nothing natta zip.

 

I have tried power for 5/10/30/1min then power/home & r Shoulder but still no signs of life.

 

I have a CoD vita and i have a scary feeling that the warrenty has just expired :(

 

Anyone know if this could be a self help fix or am i going to have to ask Sony to fix the misbehaving unit?

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I just bought my PS Vita from Amazon, and after three or four hours use and an update, the screen is blank, and it APPEARS that it will not charge, but actually it seems that an update has knocked out all functions.
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Thanks that helped!

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Ehm just alittle thing, I tought I had a problem with the charger, tried everything switching places to charge from useing mobile adaptors and everything. 

 

Though this is only to those who don't have the blinking light, you might have put the charger in up side down, the ps charger needs to be facing up, it can go into the the socket both ways, so make sure its facing up and see if it charges. 

 

Hope it helps out some of you guys, its a common problem.

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THANKS MAN LUCKILY I WAS UPSIDE DOWN SO I JUST FIXED MINE THANKS ALOT!!

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Great suggestion - I had no idea that the charger could be plugged in upside down!

 

If you aren't seeing anything light up (blue, orange, blinking, etc), make sure the 'PS' logo on the charger is facing up when you plug it in.  This should be in the Troubleshooting FAQ!

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I've been lucky and very glad I that I regulary back up my PS Vita. I basically rebuilt my Vita from scratch, put everything back on it and hey presto, it's charging again fine !

 

Really weird but I am very happy now, I'm lost without my Vita ! 

 

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My brothers psvita's charging light flashes a different number of times then the orange charging light goes off and doesn't charge any solutions?????
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hello same thing my PS vita wont charge. The
orange light wont blink or anything. Do i need
a battery. If not what shall I do?
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this guy show you how to change battery... its easy..(he also do some other repairs on it, but you see the battery in the begining)

 

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My vita wasn't charging correctly so I called Sony Support n I ended up getting a new Vita from them, but It still wasn't holding a charge. Just like the previous Vita, when charging the red or orange PS symbol would flash, then just b on, then flash again, never getting more than a 20% charge. Just like my original. Went to Walmart got a new USB n charging block, and what do u know? Three hours later when I checked it, FULL CHARGE!!! So stoked right now! It was ruining my day when I kept reading about the PS logo being fave up on the connecting USB, because I'm thinking to myself "No sh*t! What fool doesn't notice that? It's not the problem!" My suggestion for anyone having a similar problem is don't wast ur time with Sony, get a new AC charger, n if its still not working then give Sony a call. By the way I tried everything previously with AC charger, different outlets, different PCs, PS3, made sure everything's connected properly, and after a month being Vita-less, it was just the damn cables. Hopefully this comment will help others who had the same problem.
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