1. Wooaw2005

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    You've been in this situation:
    Running around the house, looking for the DS charger but all you find is the broken one

    Today, I'm going to teach you how to make a USB one that you can plug into any old USB port.

    As long as the cable is intact, you can use a broken DS charger

    TO AVOID FRYING YOUR DS, FOLLOW ALL STEPS CAREFULLY

    You will need:
    Soldering Iron
    Multimeter
    Tape/[Heatshrink+Lighter]
    A USB cable (doesn't matter what brand)
    DS cable
    Utility knife/scissors

    Nice to have:
    Alligator clips
    Helping hands holder tool
    Wire stripper

    Step 1: DS Cable Polarity

    1. Cut the DS charger wire to the desired length from DS plug
    2. Strip the cable until you see exposed wires
    3. Set your multimeter to continuity mode (if + and - are touching, it makes a beep)
    4. Hook up one wire to your multimeter (Aligator clip recommended)
    5. Hold the DS plug and test both of the contacts INSIDE the connector (Helping hands tool recommended)
    6. When The multimeter makes a beep, write down the wire that corresponds to the contact (you will need this later)
    7. Repeat steps 4-6 for other wire
    8. Once you have both wires corresponding to a DS plug terminal, Use the image below to determine wire polarity (you will need this later)

    [​IMG]


    Step 2: USB Cable Polarity

    Follow parts 1-8 of step one with a USB cable, using the polarity image below:
    NOTE: Ignore the two MIDDLE contacts of the USB plug as those are not power

    [​IMG]

    Step 3: Soldering

    Now that you've got 2 wires from both cables marked as positive or negative (+ or -), we can now go onto the soldering
    NOTE: If you are using heatshrink, apply this now to the wire.

    Now, solder the POSITIVE USB wire to the POSITIVE DS wire and apply tape/heat heatshrink
    Then, solder the NEGATIVE USB wire to the NEGATIVE DS wire and apply tape/heat heatshrink

    Now, Wrap tape around the entire joint for durability and test it out!

    Congratulations! You've made yourself a USB DS charger!
     
  2. MythicalData

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    Interesting tutorial! Makes me want to get that soldering kit I've been holding out on even more :)
     
  3. Wooaw2005

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    Go for it! A soldering kit always comes in handy when something breaks! Even if you can't fix it, you can still scavenge things!
     
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    thanks bro !
    i blow up a fuse on an old DS, back then my multimeter was not working.
    now i dont need it anymore !
     
  5. Souliousery

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    Ok, this is cool!
    If only I had a soldering kit. Or experience. :blush:
     
  6. Wooaw2005

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    You need a soldering kit, but not a lot experience. Soldering the wires together is the easiest part. You just need a steady hand for the multimeter. Everything else is easy as pie!
     
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    made this. wondering if i can use it to stream it to my pc
     
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    You can't as the ds plug only has 5v+ and GND and not data +/-
     
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    fine
     
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    r/whoooosh
     
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    i did this to my 3ds charger last year but i just covered it in hot glue since i was lazy
    i guess there was a defect or something in my old charger cuz the positive wire wasnt soldered on
    so i had to get my soldering iron out for that
     
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    i have 3DS, and a ruined usb charging cable, my multimeter was having some problems, i kept waiting for a chance to fix them all, till i saw this :D , worked as a charm.

    (i once ruined a ds fuse by mistaking the 50% chance of the + side :shy: )
     
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  14. Wooaw2005

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    Really glad that my tutorial helped you with your broken cables instead of getting a new one! :yaynds:
     
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