I lost my PS Vita two years ago (it ran out of battery life when I lost it), but I found it today.

However, it won't turn on. I tried to charge it for about an hour and a half now using a USB port but it still won't turn on. There isn't any indicator light or anything.

Any help would be appreciated.

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    Depending on the device the USB port resides in, USB ports can be much slower than wall charging. I'd give it a good 4h at least, though that's probably excessive. Also, I don't know if PS Vitas have replaceable batteries, but after 2 years of unuse and likely less-than-ideal storage, the battery may be corroded. Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 22:55
  • @John so I should use a wall charger? Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 23:00
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    Wall chargers are generally faster, yes. Also, a lack of indicator light is a strong indicator of a battery problem to me (though Vitas might just not have indicator lights, I don't know). Also, on this site, it's generally best to put "@" before people's names to make sure they see your comment. Like "@John" :) Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 23:03

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The PS Vita does not turn on unless the battery is charged up to a certain minimum level. I've experienced it myself many times by letting my Vita drain completely and being unable to use it until after charging it for hours, this should be normal behavior for any PS Vita device.

On the other hand, it's weird that the Home button (aka. PS button) doesn't at least blink orange, which would indicate that it is charging. It's possible that the USB port you're using has a problem and is not charging your Vita sufficiently if at all. That's also something I experienced (once) in the past.

In my case, I was charging my PS Vita through the USB port of my Surface Book charger, but one day the Vita didn't charge at all. After opening my Surface Book, I was greeted by a message saying: "Your USB hub needs to be restarted" or something similar. Apparently, the hub "turned off" for whatever reason and stopped charging anything hooked to it (except for the Surface Book). My Surface Book managed to restart it successfully, and I haven't encountered any more problems since.

If you still can't turn on your Vita (10 hours at the time of writing should be more than enough), then try charging it elsewhere. Your USB hub might have encountered some problems.


The PS Vita required a lot of power to charge correctly, so using a USB port will be insufficient. I have a PS Vita, and I am unable to charge it over USB connected to my MacBook Pro, or a portable charger capable of 1A and 2.1A. It does however charge using any mains connected USB power supply.

I would recommend trying to find the official wall charger for the PS Vita and using that to charge your console. If you can't find the wall charger, see if you can find a USB port that can support 5A.

  • I...have a vita. The official charger only provides something like 2.4 A @ 5V, so that's wrong.
    – Frank
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 14:44
  • I have a PS Vita, and I am unable to charge it over USB connected to my MacBook Pro, or a portable charger capable of 1A and 2.1A. It does however charge using any mains connected USB power supply.
    – Niraj Shah
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 10:15

How old is the cable you're using to charge your PS-Vita?

My original PS-Vita 1000 cable must be bent just right to get juice from the wall socket to the PS-Vita battery.

Also keep in mind, the 1000 cable requires an adapter if plugged into a device or an adapter that wasn't designed for the PS-Vita. The PS-Vita 1000 does not use the Micro USB as does the 2000 series.

  • Hi, Maggard, welcome to Arqade! I've rolled back your edit, as we try to focus on answers in the answer space. Additional questions don't belong; we want to just focus on answering the question.
    – Frank
    Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 22:53

I had this same problem. I left it in a desk drawer for 1 year. It turned out for me that the "IC" (integrated circuit)? had failed during that time. I had tried to replace the battery myself, but it didn't help. I took it to a repair shop and it cost about $70 USD to have the IC replaced, works fine now.

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