The Sony PlayStation Portable, or as it’s commonly known, the Sony PSP, is a handheld video game console from the Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Company. It is one of the leading handheld video game consoles sold today. The Sony PSP line was launched in December of 2004. This was the PSP-1000. Since then, three newer versions have been released. These are the PSP-2000, PSP-3000 and the PSP Go.
The most important thing about having a portable video game console is the battery of the unit. The battery’s charge will dictate how long you get to play your game. The Sony PSP started out being powered by a removable 5V DC Li-Ion battery, with an electric charge of 1800mAh. When the PSP-2000 model came out, the milliampere-hour dropped to 1200mAh, but an Endurance Battery charging up to 2200mAh was also released in December, 2007, for more active gamers. The rechargeable batteries achieve full charge at around one and a half hours of charging. This then translates to 3 to 7 hours of gaming, depending on the battery model and which options were selected for playing. The options that affect the lifespan of a battery’s charge are the level of volume used, WLAN and screen brightness settings.
The proper charger to use with the Sony PSP is a 5 DC, 2000mA AC adapter. But sometimes, when we’re out, we tend to forget to bring the charger along. When this happens, or if your charger simply breaks down, don’t fret, for there are other ways to charge your PSP without a charger.
Here are the steps to take when charging a PSP without a charger:
- Locate a USB jack to connect the PSP to a USB port. A jack is needed to connect a PSP to a USB power source. It’s normally a black cable with an adapter for the PSP ending in a USB connector.
- Locate the USB port on the PSP. It is located on the top of the PSP, a hole in the middle of the unit, with a trident shaped sign, indicating the USB connector.
- Attach the smaller end of the USB cable to the PSP’s USB port.
- Attach the larger end of the cable o your USB port.
- Turn on the PSP, and go to the main or home menu. If the screen shows a game playing, save the progress and press the ‘home’ button. A screen will show, asking the question, ‘Do you want to quit the game?’ Selecting ‘yes’ will bring you to the home menu.
- Scroll to the leftmost icon on the home menu. This is the settings group of icons.
- Scroll down to the Systems Settings icon. Select it by pressing the “x’ or ‘o’ button, depending on your PSP region model. Make sure that ‘USB Charge’ and ‘USB Auto Connect’ are both turned ‘On’. This will ensure that if your PSP is drained next time you plug into a USB jack, it will charge without having to access the menu.
- Scroll up to the USB connection option. Select this if this is your first time to do a USB charge. This will connect your PSP to your USB jack and initiate the charging.