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A Comprehensive Guide to Replacing CR2032 Game Cartridge Batteries with a Soldering Gun

A Comprehensive Guide to Replacing CR2032 Game Cartridge Batteries with a Soldering Gun

In the world of retro gaming, game cartridges hold cherished memories and experiences. However, as time goes by, the batteries inside these cartridges can start to lose their charge, resulting in data loss. In this article, we'll guide you through the process of replacing CR2032 game cartridge batteries using a soldering gun. We'll also provide a convenient option for Retro Gaming of Denver to handle the battery replacement for you should you prefer professional assistance.


Please note: As soldering requires technical expertise and precision, we recommend seeking professional help or following this guide only if you are comfortable with soldering techniques.


Step-by-Step Guide:


  1. Gather the required tools and materials:
  • Soldering gun and solder
  • Desoldering pump or desoldering braid
  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • New CR2032 battery


  1. Prepare your workspace:

Find a clean, well-ventilated area to work in. Ensure you have a clear workspace with adequate lighting and access to essential tools.


  1. Identify the cartridge model:

Different game cartridges may have different battery placement or mounting configurations. It's important to identify the specific model of your cartridge to ensure an accurate battery replacement process. Consult the manufacturer's documentation or do a quick online search for your specific cartridge model.


  1. Safely open the cartridge:

Using a small flat-head screwdriver, carefully remove any screws securing the cartridge cover. Take care not to lose or damage the screws. Lift or slide the cartridge cover to expose the circuit board within.


  1. Locate the battery and desolder:

Using the desoldering pump or desoldering braid, carefully remove any solder connecting the old battery to the circuit board. Be meticulous and gentle to avoid damaging the solder pads or nearby components. Remove the old battery once the connections are cleanly desoldered.


  1. Prepare the new battery:

Take the new CR2032 battery and ensure its orientation matches the old battery's orientation. Double-check that the positive (+) side faces up. If necessary, use a small amount of solder to tin the battery contacts for better adherence.


  1. Solder the new battery:

Align the positive and negative contacts of the new battery with the corresponding solder pads on the cartridge's circuit board. Use the soldering gun to carefully and securely solder the battery in place. Ensure that there are no loose connections or excess solder that may result in a short circuit.


  1. Test the cartridge:

Before reassembling the cartridge, it's crucial to test the battery replacement by booting up the game. Confirm that the game functions properly and retains any saved data.


  1. Reassemble the cartridge:

Once you've verified the successful battery replacement, carefully reattach the cartridge cover. Secure the screws back into their original positions, taking care not to overtighten them.


  1. Professional assistance:

At Retro Gaming of Denver, we understand that soldering may not be for everyone. If you prefer professional assistance, our team is ready to help. For a nominal fee of $10.00 per battery replacement, you can have the assurance of a reliable and expertly soldered battery replacement. Simply contact our customer support team to make arrangements.


  1. Share the knowledge:

To further assist your understanding of the battery replacement process using a soldering gun, there are several in depth videos that can be found on Youtube. Below is a good video showing an SNES battery replacement by UltimateLocke.



With this comprehensive guide, you now have the knowledge to replace CR2032 game cartridge batteries using a soldering gun. However, if you prefer professional assistance, Retro Gaming of Denver offers the convenience of battery replacement for a nominal fee. Whether you choose to embark on the soldering journey yourself or opt for our expert team's expertise, we're here to support you in preserving your gaming memories.


If you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out to our dedicated customer support team. Happy gaming!


Disclaimer: Soldering can be a delicate and technically challenging process. We recommend seeking professional assistance or following this guide only if you have experience with soldering techniques. Retro Gaming of Denver accepts no liability for damages that may occur during the battery replacement process.

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