Asenqua Tech is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Are you an avid Nintendo enthusiast with a Wii U gaming gamepad that just won’t turn on? Now that there is already enough obstruction in your gaming experience, how do you fix the gamepad?
We shall give you insights into fixing a Wii U gamepad that just would not turn on. But, let’s hold that thought for a moment and try understanding why the problem is occurring to begin with.
Why won’t the Wii U Gamepad turn on?
Below are the two most legitimate reasons that could be the root to your problem – the Wii U Gamepad does not turn on:
What’s the most essential facet of any gamepad? The battery. And, as we all know, batteries exhaust gradually with usage. If you have used your gamepad for a pretty stretched duration without charging it, this one should be a no brainer: Your gamepad’s battery is dead.
The average playtime of a Wii U gamepad is three to five hours which means if you have not charged it for over the last 5 hours of continuous gameplay, the gamepad is drained of battery.
Damaged or Puffy Battery
If your Wii U gamepad is old, it is supposed to go through the general wear and tear. It is possible that the good-old wear and tear came in the form of a degrading battery. Over time, the battery could be damaged, which can also result in it getting puffy or swollen. This could be one of the reasons why your Wii U gamepad won’t turn on.
Damage to the battery could also be caused if there was any damage caused to the gamepad itself. This, again, could result in the Wii U gamepad not turning on.
How to fix a Wii U Gamepad that won’t turn on?
We have narrowed down three solutions to fixing a Wii U gamepad that won’t turn on. Below we have discussed them in detail.
● Charge the gamepad
The first fix to try is to charge your gamepad. Connect your gamepad to the adapter and let it charge for a while. Next, try turning it back on. If it still does not turn on, even when you put the gamepad on charge, try unplugging the charger for about 30 minutes (as per a Wii U owner who had the same issue) and plug in the charging adapter again.
If this does not fix the issue, move on to the next solution.
● Look for signs of damage to the gamepad or the battery
Next, it is crucial to look for any signs of damage to the battery or the gamepad. If there is damage done to the gamepad, chances are the battery is damaged too. This could result in the gamepad not turning on.
If the damage is minor, you can try to fix it yourself. This solution will also give you an idea if you need to replace the battery or if it is a minor damage that can be fixed.
● Replace the battery
Finally, if the two solutions enlisted above do not work, and upon scrutinisation you feel like the battery should be replaced, you will need to know a little more about the battery before you could proceed to replacing it.
About the Wii U Gamepad battery
The stock battery for the GamePad has a capacity of 1,500mAh. Realistically, this translates into three to five hours of gameplay. The screen brightness is just one of several variables. The sort of game and the intensity of the vibration are also important.
Within 2.5 hours, a Wii U battery can be fully recharged and ready for use once again. If you want to recharge while you play, you can, but it will take longer. Third-party USB chargers are available, but the default power converter requires an AC outlet.
For 500 charge/discharge cycles, the battery is warranted. Total play time is probably between 1,500 and 2,500 hours. About 70% of the capacity will have been used by this stage.
The battery’s capacity will continue to decrease if you continue to use it. You’ll be able to use the GamePad only when it’s connected at some time. Before you reach that point, a new battery should be purchased.
How to replace the Wii U Gamepad battery
The GamePad’s battery is easily accessed and may be replaced with a #00 Phillips screwdriver, which is the only item you’ll need. These are included in certain eyewear kits, and they can also be purchased for a few bucks at any home improvement store. In addition, you’ll require a replacement battery.
These can be obtained either through a third-party vendor or straight from Nintendo itself. Keep in mind that larger replacement batteries will result in a heavier GamePad as a result of their increased size.
First and foremost, you must turn off the Wii U GamePad in order to change the battery within. Separate it from the charger. You don’t want to get a shock from an electrical current!
Switch off the power and flip the GamePad over so that its face is facing down. Remove the two screws from the battery cover. The battery cover will be much easier to remove once the screws are removed. Set the battery cover aside.
A strong black clip holds the battery pack to the GamePad in place inside the compartment. The battery pack is located inside the compartment. To remove the connector, press down on it and drag it towards the back of the unit until it pops out.
Simply pop the battery out and replace it with a new one at that point to complete the process. Simply plug in the connector, screw on the battery plate, and plug it into a charging station. It’s important to remember that batteries are shipped with only the minimum charge.
Before putting your new battery through its paces, make sure to charge it fully first. We have enlisted two replacement options for the Wii U gamepad battery.
Alternatives to the Wii U Gamepad battery
- LVL99Gear Supercharged Wii U GamePad Battery
As far as third-party batteries go, the LVL99Gear Supercharged Wii U GamePad Battery is as close to the original as you’ll find. Powered by a 1,500mAh capacity, this battery provides the same three to five-hour runtime as the original. The LVL99Gear battery, on the other hand, features more modern technology.
There is no memory effect, thus the battery will last longer before it loses capacity. The LVL99Gear battery has a standard capacity and a standard size. It will be installed vertically like the original.
LVL99Gear’s battery also features overcharging protection. Your battery won’t be able to receive any more juice once it’s been fully charged. This keeps the cells from overheating and prolongs their useful life. Considering that the GamePad already includes overcharging protection, this should not be necessary. However, protection measures have been known to go awry at times. If you have battery and GamePad protection, you’re doubly safe.
The LVL99Gear kit does not include a screwdriver. You’ll need to bring one of them with you. As a result, Philips #00 screwdrivers should be simple to come by.
- Button Masher Wii U Replacement Battery
With the Button Masher Wii U Replacement Battery, you’ll notice it is quite enormous in size. It’s roughly twice as large as the Wii U’s initial battery. It has tabs on the top to keep it in place when put sideways.
Because of its larger size, the GamePad is slightly heavier, albeit only by a few milligrammes in each hand. Installation is facilitated by the inclusion of a little screwdriver in the package with the battery. However, it’s only an inexpensive #00 Phillips driver for this one battery change.
This battery’s marketing is a little perplexing. According to Button Masher, the battery’s mAh rating is 4,000. A quick Google search will show you that this particular battery (ARR-002) has a capacity of 4,100mAh. You’re looking at an astounding amount of total capacity, regardless of which option you choose.
With a 4,000mAh battery, you can expect to receive eight to thirteen hours of playtime from a single charge. There will be fewer times when you need to plug in the Wii U GamePad when you’re on the go. However, keep in mind that the charging time will be extended as well. This battery may be recharged in around 6-12 hours.
[FIXED] Wii U Will Not Turn On and Has No Power Light
You will need to reset your console if the console has no power light or won’t turn on.
Reset the Wii U console by using the following steps:
- Unplug the Wii U console from the wall outlet, wait for two minutes and then again plugin to a different wall outlet.
- Try to power on the Wii U console, if the issue is resolved then use it as normal.
- If the problem still exists, then try using a new AC adapter for the Wii U console.
[FIXED] Wii U Console Will Not Power On/Blank or No Image on the Television
Depending on when the issue first occurred, the problem can be troubleshooted in different ways. We have divided the solutions based on when they first occurred:
- During first-time setup
- During regular use
- After connecting a new TV or a new cable
Situation: During first-time setup
Solution 1: Make sure that you are not making any mistakes while turning the TV and Wii U on.
- Power off both Wii U console and television
- Turn on the television, and wait for almost ten to fifteen seconds then locate the correct input channel for your connection.
- Now Power on the Wii U console, and within a few seconds you will get a prompt on your TV screen to pair the Wii U Gamepad.
Solution 2: Use a different cable.
- Use a different Wii AV Cable or a Wii Component Video Cable. When you switch the cables, make sure that the TV is set to correct input settings.
- Sometimes a Wii U console takes a bit longer to detect that a Wii AV Cable/Wii Component Video Cable is connected. So it’s recommended to wait for a minute or two, and make sure that your television is set to the correct input channel.
- Reconnect the Wii U console with a HDMI cable and set three TV input channels to HDMI.
Solution 3: Use a different TV.
- If you have a different TV available, you can use it to set up the Wii U console. You can switch back to the original TV after the set-up is complete.
Situation: During regular use
Try these troubleshooting solutions:
- Remove the unlicensed accessories like SD cards or USB storage devices from the Wii U console.
- Press and hold the Power button on the Wii U console in order to perform a reset.
- If you can’t perform the reset, unplug the AC adapter from the wall outlet and then again plugin it back in.
- Power on the Wii U console.
- Press the eject button to remove any disk from the Wii U console.
Situation: After connecting a new TV or using a new cable
Use these troubleshooting solutions:
- Make sure that you are using the correct connection type but issue the Wii U GamePad.
- If you find that the settings are correctly set for the cable that you are using, but you are still facing the error then switch the settings to opposite options, then save it and again switch them back to the correct options. Example: Suppose you are using a Wii AV Cable, and the Wii U is set to non-HDMI, then switch it to HDMI save the settings and then again switch back to the non-HDMI.
- Troubleshoot the Wii U Connection, try a different cable or a different TV.
How to reconnect the Wii U?
Below we will look at how you can reconnect to the Wii U using three different types of cables:
Using HDMI Cable
- Turn off the Wii U console and the television.
- Unplug the HDMI cable from the Wii U console and TV.
- Now check the system connection and make sure that problem isn’t caused by a damaged cable.
- If you find that the cable is damaged, then replace the cable.
- Once, try to use the HDMI cable that comes with the Wii U console and then reconnect the Wii U using a different port on your television.If you don’t have the cable that came with the Wii U console then use a high speed HDMI cable.
- HDMI cables with size over 20 feet, usually cause the video issues, and it’s recommended to avoid them.
- Avoid using any type of extenders, splitters or other devices, and directly plug the Wii U console to the TV.
- Turn the Wii U and TV on.
- Make sure that your TV is set to the correct channel input, in case you have recently switched the ports.
Using Wii AV Cable
- Turn off the Wii U console and TV.
- Now check the system connection in order to ensure that the problem isn’t caused by a damaged cable.
- In case if the cable is damaged, then replace the cable with a licensed cable.
- Unplug the Wii AV cable from TV and Wii U console.
- Reconnect the TV and Wii U console with the Wii AV cable.
- Bypass other devices like extenders. Connect the cable directly to the TV port.
- Turn the Wii U and TV on.
Wii Component Video Cable
- Make sure the TV and Wii U console is off.
- Check the system connection, to ensure that the problem isn’t caused by a damaged cable. If the cable is damaged, then replace it with a licensed cable.
- Unplug the Wii Component Video Cable from TV and Wii U console.
- Reconnect the Wii Component Video Cable, and turn the TV and Wii U on.