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The Wii Balance Board was first sold on December 1, 2007 as an accessory for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U game consoles.

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Why won't my Balance Board turn on?

No matter what I do, my Balance Board will not power on. I press the power button and it does not light up or turn on.

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I bought a new battery pack still didn't work ,tried normal batteries and hey presto balance board is working

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There are three things that could prevent the Wii Balance Board from turning on:

The batteries are dead.

If it's been a while or you have never changed the batteries in your balance board, then they may need replacing.

The battery terminals are corroded.

The corrosion from batteries can build up and break the connections between the batteries and the battery terminals. Rub the corroded battery terminals with a Q-tip dipped in vinegar or lemon juice to break apart the corrosion. Apply a bit of baking soda and wipe away the corrosion. Make sure to wash your hands well since the corrosion will irritate your skin.

The battery compartment is faulty.

If your balance board is still not turning on even after replacing the batteries and cleaning out any corrosion, then the battery compartment is probably faulty. You can follow our battery compartment replacement guide here.

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My battery terminals did not look corroded when I first checked but if you rub your finger on them and you feel any roughness get a piece of emery board or something to lightly sand it. That was all it took to fix my Wii board.

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I had heavy battery corrosion as i picked my board upfrom Goodwill. Firstly, i used a plastic brush to clean heavy acid deposits, and then lemon water to q-tip the rest. Second, w/ new batteries it didn 't work & i nearly gave up, but upon final inspection, one battery was reversed :-P... Go figure. Works great now! Thanks ifixit peeps!

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The batteries of my wii fit board must have corroded a long time ago this tip has fixed my board thank you (I used vinegar)

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The one I have is still in decent condition, the battery terminals are all in good shape, and replacing the batteries didn't do anything. It just won't turn on.

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My balance board battery terminals were corroded, so i wiped away the corrosion yet the power would still not come on.

I then lightly cleaned the terminals with sandpaper, which allowed the power button to briefly flash and then shut off.

The final solution that worked for me was to carefully swab the terminals with rubbing alcohol and then repeatedly scrape a flat head screwdriver across the terminals.

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I had the same problem. Both of my wii balance board had corrosion issue . End up solder back the circuit which is simple to do and works like a charm . Basically only need to solder the power link and the sync button wire. If the sync button totally out just bypass ghe button and connect to wire each and you can actually manually touch both wire for one second to sync .

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The sync button on my board is broken, could you please post a picture so I can see how you bypass the sync button and sync it manually? Thanks

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I had same issue where only few blue led blinking happends after pressing power button.

SOLUTION:

(1) Clean any battery leakage contamination in battery compartment terminals using Alcohol (Isopropyl) OR bit of WD 40/ normal after shave lotion.

(2) Insert brand new batteries if testing after long time.

(3) Insert Wii FIT Plus game into the Wii console.

(4) Select your Wii character profile and select body test, it will ask you to POWER ON the board.

(5) Now SYNC the board with Wii console, like your remote. (open battery lid, you will see SYNC soft button)

(6) After successful syncing, the board will be turned ON automatically (BLUE light ON). OR press Power button now and it will light off after few blinks and press again, it will now work normally.

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THANK YOU! It worked after instead of using a training (and then trying to sync when it asks) I did the same but with body test and it worked (!!) thank you SO MUCH :D :D :D

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Mine still did not turn on any clue why ?

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Hi Glenda, sorry I was not following up regularly being an old post. Hope you would have fixed this issue already. If not, and you have tried what I had suggested already, then it could be a case where board is not getting power even with new batteries. Means battery leaked through and terminals soldered onto circuit board below maybe corroded. You need to open the board and resolver the connectors to get a clean power connection. If you don’t know to do this, then go to your nearest electronics repair shop. They can do this for you and test that power is supplied from batteries properly to the circuit board. Once tested ok, follow the steps I suggested to sync back your board with a compatible Wii game running while doing this. Good luck!!

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You actually need to be inside the game in order for the Wii Balance Board to turn on. It will not turn on during non-compatible games to save battery.

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I have had the same issue. I will have to try this and see if it works.

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I actually went onto the Nintendo website and they said to do this if everything else is 'ok' -- Just pushing the buttons once instead of holding them on.

"Inside each of these compartments is a small red SYNC button – push and release this button on the Wii Balance Board once and also push the button on the Wii console once. You’ll see the light on the Power Button of the Wii Balance Board flash. Once the light has finished flashing and remains lit the synchronisation is complete and you’re ready to go."

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Have you scyncronised you board to your wii console yet??

If not then that is what is wrong

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sync board and console together by pressing red button on both.

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Sync with Wii console is the necessary step by pressing the red sync button momentarily on the front panel (behind the flap) and the sync button inside the battery cover of the balance board during body test stage.

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