Broken DC jack trace ; battery won't charge

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  1. joeschmoe
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    I got a 3ds where one of the pads got completely broken off for the DC input jack. If you are looking at the pins on the board, and the wire plugs in behind the jack from your point of view, it is the 2nd pin from the left. This is a ground pin. The battery will not charge. Is there an alternate point I could jump a wire to? I see there are lots of places with continuity to ground, but there must be something special about that pin.
     
  2. tbgtbg

    tbgtbg Shaking the ring ropes up in the sky

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    Maybe it could still charge with a cradle.
     
  3. joeschmoe
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    Oh yeah, good idea! Does that use the brass pads on either side of the DC jack? Could it be a fuse? I don't see how this one missing pad could cause this problem. It's just the casing of the jack - one of four ground pins.

    Ok, what's the middle connector on the battery? I ran a wire to link the +'s between the DC in jack and the battery terminal. The ground pins already have continuity. I don't understand why it doesn't work. I've tried another battery. Maybe with this fix, the battery will charge but the LED won't light?
     
  4. driverdis

    driverdis I am Justice

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    try using a cradle, it will solve one (or more) questions you are asking.

    if the 3DS charges via a cradle, the fuses and battery are good, the DC jack probably needs to be re-soldered.

    if the 3DS does not charge via cradle, does it charge with a different battery?, if yes, battery is bad.
    if battery is bad, does a different battery allow it to charge via the DC jack?, if yes, problem solved.

    If the 3DS does not charge on cradle with the original or a different battery, the fuse(s?) will need to be replaced.
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    as long as the 3DS can at least charge via the cradle, you could always use it like how we used to play handhelds back in the Gameboy days
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    charge (equivalent to changing batteries)->play until almost dead->go to step one.
    I guess the main difference is that unlike the Gameboy, you do not need to save and quit the game then turn it off, as you do not need to change batteries.

    that is what I would do If i could not fix it charging outside of using the cradle.
     
  5. SmileCitrus

    SmileCitrus GBAtemp Regular

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    The first time I replaced a charge port on a 3DS I actually lifted off the same pad (#4, I think it's labelled). This probably wasn't the most professional way to do things, but I just took a boxcutter, scraped off a bit of material from the board, and, using tweezers to hold the pad in place, soldered the pad back on. Then I installed the new charge port. It worked fine.