The front of the DS Lite has the volume, GBA port and the headphone jack. Volume is controlled by a sliding switch on the left. The GBA port has a dummy cart to keep dust out. If you plan to play older GBA games, the cart will stick out. Not a major nuisane, but something to keep in mind.
To turn the device on, there is a power switch on the right side. This is also the same side where the stylus is located. After hitting the switch, it takes about 2 seconds before the DS Lite responds.
The DS cart slot is located on the top along with the lanyard loop hole and the power port. The L and R buttons are tucked away nicely there as well in the corners.
The DS Lite comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. After a full four hour charge, five to 19 hours of play can be achieved. There's also a sleep mode, which works for up to a full week. I decided to open up the battery compartment to take a peek. Battery replacement is easy since the compartment is secured by a small screw.
Flipping open the cover is rather effortless. There is no latch to keep it closed, so a simple push props it open. I'm a bit surprised that there isn't a more secure mechanism to keep the screen secure.