US XL in Europe power plug question..

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Dec 15, 2012
  1. Manolo
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    I will be in Europe for awhile and will bringing my US XL with me. I know that in Europe the US plug wont fit the Euro socket and the voltage in the US is 110 and 220 in Europe.

    If I buy a European power plug for my XL will it blow it?
     
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    eur one is 4.6V with 0.9A max
     
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    The 3DS will work with any region's charger.
     
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    OP, what do you mean by buying a power plug? If you're going to take your US charger along and buy a small socket adapter to make it fit in the European wall socket then yes, it WILL blow.

    If you buy a European 3DS charger then it will work fine. You can even buy a DSi charger because it is exactly the same as a 3DS charger.
     
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    As mentioned by bowser, the output of EUR, USA and JAP chargers is exactly the same as each 3DS needs an equal amount of power to charge. What differs is that European chargers take 230V input voltage wheras American and Japanese chargers take 120V.
     
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    Actually, it won't blow up even if you somehow manage to fit your USA charger into a European socket. I got my 3DS from the US and when I tried charging it with the sockets here(220-240V) the orange light lit up for 1 second and then went off again. I repeated and the same thing happened again. Then I got a 230V charger and it works just fine.
    I'm assuming a power plug will bear the same results.
    The best solution is to buy a 230V charger.

    Oh and a question of my own, shouldn't 3DS chargers have a fuse pre-installed in them that prevent the circuitry from blowing up? :unsure:
     
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    The best solution when traveling abroad to regions where AC standards differ is to buy appropriate adapters (Step Down/Step Up Converter) for said purpose - they contain transformers to drop/increase input voltage for your charger or whatever other electronic device you wish to use.

    [​IMG]

    And yes, chargers do have fuses that prevent circuitry from blowing up, additionally, the console itself also does, but you know what they say - better safe than sorry.
     
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    Yeah that works too but you'll have to make sure your device wattage is within the limit of the transformer. Usually these things are made for small electronic devices.
     
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    A higher wattage appliance will blow that step down convertor. That's only suitable for mobile phone chargers and such.
     
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    I almost never use any power outlet to recharge my gadgets except for camera.

    get this thing
    [​IMG]

    look for any things which had usb port
    even almost all generic charger nowdays using/have usb port.
     
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    Exactly. I once used a 25W one for my N64 and the transformer blew in 20 min. Then I got a 50W one and it worked great. But these things are really heavy and get heavier as their rated wattage increases.
     
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    Well, duh. I wasn't exactly expecting anyone to travel with a U.S-Made washing machine, of course it's for small electronics. :P
     
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    Of course it's a no brainer for us, but it needs to be made crystal clear for some people on the forums :P

    There are people who think removing the 3D effect from a 3DS rom will make it work on a DS :rolleyes:
     
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    Aaalrighty then, so let's make that clear...

    When using a Step Up/Down Converter, compare the Output of the coverter and the Input requirements of your device (both written on the device, usually on the back) - the Output has to be sufficient and cover the needs of the device.

    There. :P
     
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    the eur 3DS charger uses ~22W max so most converters should work
     
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    Hair Dryer 1000-1200 Watts. I could fit one in my pocket :P
     

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