Does a USB charger cause any issues?

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    I noticed that you can buy a USB 3ds charger for only $10 on amazon, bit would that cause any issues? The official 3ds charger is only 4.6v at 900mah, but USB is 5v ranging from 500mah to 2000mah+. Does using 5v harm the system in any way? I want a USB charger for convince, but I also don't wanna break my ds.
     
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    I'm a bit concerned about the same thing as well, that being said I haven't had any issues with using a USB charger, and the battery doesn't get noticeably warm while using it, so I think the charge circuit in the 3DS is capable of downconverting it to the correct voltage.
     
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    Are you using a computers usb port (500mah) or a wall plug? Also, I decided to order one. Thanks for the quick reply.
     
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    I use an "official" charger from gamestop and have it plugged into my PC all the time.
     
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    I use the USB ports on my PC since I always have my PC nearby, so it's the most convenient. Besides I use a retractable USB charger that is a bit too short to use with a wall plug.
    A wall plug should work the same, even if it is a 2A or higher one the 3DS won't draw any more power than it is designed to draw.
     
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    No. I've used a USB charger since a month after launch.

    I charge my gamepad and 3 3ds, along with a dsl from my NAS.
    I got this cute cable that has a head for dsl and 3ds on the same usb port from dx last year when my last one had to be bent around to charge.

    2 ports doing 3 devices at a time :O
     
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    I actually made my own USB charger with an old (non working) official 3DS AC Adapter and some other USB I couldn't identify. Mine is working great, and have been using it for about a month on all five of my 3DS's. Just slap a resistor in their if you want to be extra - safe.
     
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    What resister takes 5v and makes it 4.6v?
     
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    Nah, the standard USB power output is within the 3DS's tolerance. All hardware is designed with a tolerance range, as there's always little variables that cause power flow to be slightly inconsistent. If someone designed hardware without a tolerance range, it would probably die on the first day. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    I bought a cheapy usb charger cable off of ebay and it works fine (although it does seem to charge slower than the official mains charger) plugged into a socket adaptor or my pc.