If I get a European 3DS Charger, will it work with my American 3DS?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by UltraArceus3, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. European Charger

  2. Volt Converter

  1. UltraArceus3


    Oct 3, 2016
    Under a Rock (with Wi-Fi)
    I'm traveling to a country that uses 220 Volts, unlike the 120 volts in America. Do I need to get a European 3DS charger in order to charge my American 3DS, or am I stuck with a Volt Converter?
  2. Mikemk

    Mikemk GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Mar 26, 2015
    United States
    It will work with your 3DS, but not American plugs. I voted volt converter because I doubt your 3DS is the only thing you'll want to charge (phone?), so it'll be more useful.

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  3. LinkSoraZelda

    LinkSoraZelda GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Aug 12, 2015
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    The only difference between systems is the firmware it's running; they can use cross-region plugs. You just need to find a way to plug in an out of region charger.
  4. AyanamiRei0

    AyanamiRei0 GBATemp's Resident Evangelion fanboy.

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    First just get a USB charger for the 3DS and yes it doesn't matter what region the console is from any charger will work.
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  5. cearp

    cearp 瓜老外

    May 26, 2008
    good advice for everything: look on the plug/adaptor. it will say if it supported 100-110v or 220-240v. 50hz or 60hz.
    that will show you if the charger/electronics will work fine in your country.

    as for the 3ds, they are all the same lol
  6. migles

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    get a usb cable (nintendo will officially realease one later, so you know there is no issue with using cables made by 3rd parties)
    so you can use your phone charger.. or usb port..


    anyway. if you want to know if some charger will work, look at the sticker or specs molded in the plastic
    europe uses 220-240V
    while america uses 110V
    (check the internet to know more which countries use which voltage and frenquencies)

    the European 3ds charger i own, (the official one) says on the sticker "220-240v with a frequency of 50/60 hertz"

    so this charger is not compatible with the american system. if i would simply get an adapter it would either not work or ruin this charger... i don't know what exactly would happen since i never tried it.. but you require some volt changer or some appropriate charger

    PS: make sure your phone charger and other electronics are compatible with the european voltage
    i would suggest to get the usb cable for the 3ds.. so instead of several chargers you use several cables and 1 charger (that charger can have several ports of course if you want that)
    Last edited by migles, Oct 6, 2016
  7. gamesquest1

    gamesquest1 Nabnut

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    just buy 30 3ds batteries, charge them all up while in America then you can just use them as required........what? that's a dumb idea? Yeah I know I just wanted a different solution :'(

    but yeah I would say a usb charger could be the most practical solution and will still be useful when you go home
  8. Tomy Sakazaki

    Tomy Sakazaki GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 23, 2006
    I'm voting for volt converter (tension converter) because it will let you use any other charger that you have that may work only at 110 Volts in Europe.
    But if all of your other chargers are actually "bivolt" (supporting from 100 V to 240 V) buying a euro 3DS charger may be actually cheaper (and I think that some of them may be actually bivolt instead of being locked to 220~240V).
  9. sarkwalvein

    sarkwalvein There's hope for a Xenosaga port.

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    Both will work. But the voltage converter is big and cumbersome.
    As many have said, better use an USB to 3DS cable and your phone charger.
    I've been using that across countries for the last 5 years and it works like a charm.
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