The New 3DS XL (and N3DS, 3DS, 2DS, DSi I assume) CAN charge with USB!

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by MaximusVX, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. MaximusVX
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    Hey guys, so, I went to my brother's house today and unfortunately I left my 3DS charger there and that's two hours away. Anyway, years ago when I had a DS Lite I got a used one without a charger and noticed that the charging port looks very similar to a normal mini USB 2.0 cable.

    So I just decided to get experimental and see if I could just throw one in, and with a little force, it actually worked! It was my DS Lite's charger for years until it got stolen. Now I have a New 3DS and, like I said, I don't have its charger with me right now, so again, I got experimental.

    I don't know how much this will help you guys out, if you already knew or whatever, but it did help me out a lot so that's why I'm sharing it now.

    Images are big so I just threw them inside of a spoiler tag ^^.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    So....With the first cable.



    And then with the second..



    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    One thing I forgot to show: The USB cable does fit all the way in the slot, I just couldn't show that with one hand as it does still require some force to put it in.

    [​IMG]

    Please note I'm not responsible for the murder of your system if you attempt this and wind up breaking your console somehow. >.>
     
  2. xile6

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    I wouldn't keep this up. Sooner or later the pins will bend and it will be messed up.
    I do have a ds to usb cable for charging tho. Got it online years ago with a car charger
     
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    Pins? I thought they were contacts...
     
  4. DjoeN

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    Somewhere in this potatoland!
    Never good to force it (hope your original cable still fits nice now :D
    I always have some DSi/(n)3DS usb charging cable in my car (for my kids)
     
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    I actually was writing this a while ago, I just never got around to posting it because I was busy, I do have my charger now and it actually still fits pretty well. I guess I just have more than one 3DS charger lying around here now. :P
     
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    as neat as this is that it does work, I am not doing this to my Majora's Mask New 3DS XL. Forcing another connector into where it is not designed to fit welcomes problems later from breaking the charging port.
     
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    I can see why you'd feel that way, that is a pretty nice system you have, but maybe force is a bit of a scary word. in tallness, a mini USB 2.0 cable is the same as the 3DS's charging port, it's the width that's the problem. Taking a pair of pliers and getting the mini 2.0 cable to a more square shape will actually make it fit more naturally into the port, of course it will still take a little wiggling, but the charger port won't be broken, hell, my charging port isn't broken either :yaysp:
     
  8. xile6

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    Truly there pins.
    Little round shape or metal like a toothpick.
    But pins, contacts, connector, it's all the same for what we are talking about.

    I had a friend bend a pin on his cellphone. The pin got push back and bend up and his phone no longer charge this was because he used a charger that wasn't for that phone but he said if he push it in hard enough it work.

    So that's why I would stay away from things like this.
    I use to repair problems like this all the time.
     
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    might be a nice trick if i forget my charger at home.
     
  10. foob

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    I didn't know this. But even if it works I'd never do it. Charging cables for the DSi/3DS are $1 on ebay. Just keep a spare or two on hand. I still miss the days of removable batteries which I think is the best solution. But nobody's doing that now. Everything sits behind screws.
     
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    Oh my...
     
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    As long as it works :rolleyes:


    I have my charger now, this was just a good alternative until I got it.
     
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    A usb cable to charge 3DS and/or N3DS is about 1.75 $ US on eBay.

    Pip'
     
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    Everyone keeps telling me that, it's like you guys haven't read the thread where I was only a day without my charger because I left it at my brother's house.
     
  18. foob

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    I see several sellers selling the cable on ebay for 1 australian dollar (about 79 US cents).
    dx prices are far too inflated.

    MaximusVX, we have read your situation but for others I think it's better to buy a dedicated cable