When do you charge your 3DS?

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  1. Zeldalife89
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    Silly question but when is the best time to start charging your 3ds?
    I heard letting it drain completely is bad for the battery....
    What i do is i game untill i see the blue light turn red then when its red ill charge it back to full , because when its red you still have an hour left till it completely dies.

    When do you guys usually start charging?
    Just curious...
     
  2. Virdoo

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    I charge mine when it's on last blue bar. Most likely 1h of gaming is left, so I do not risk to fully discharge it.
     
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    If I'm actually playing through a game, I leave it charging whenever I'm not playing.
     
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    ~blue bar?

    i charge it when the red notification light starts blinking... sometimes i use it until it's dead, but if i am playing the game and i don't want to loose progress i just save and charge it to continue later
     
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    I charge overnight (pls tell me i'm not the only one)
     
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    I think getting up to the last bar (15%) is enough to start charging. now if you get the blinking red led+red power light that means you have less than 5% left and need to run for your life to charge it.

    The battery percentages in the 3ds are weird
    4 blue bars= 100-60%
    3 blue bars= 60-30%
    2 blue bars= 30-15%
    1 red bar= 15-5%
    Blinking light= 5-0%.


    EDIT: It's 30-10% at 2 Bars
    10-5% at 1 Bar
    5-1% when notification led blinks.
     
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  7. Virdoo

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    Blue bar on battery icon.
     
  8. Zeldalife89
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    I wait till i have red light not blinking but just solid red i guess thats about 10% power left? i charge it usually then
     
  9. Justin14p

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    Overnight and when red light is blinking

    You aren't xd
    Sometimes I don't care about that and play until 0%
     
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    When I feel like charging it - red led, after playing a game, low batt, empty batt, etc.
     
  11. Hyoretsu

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    I charge mine every night. The battery usually lasts the whole day at my rate of playing.
     
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    I charge it whenever... Don't think it impacts bateries that much these days
     
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    Modern Li-Ion batteries aren't nearly as picky as the rechargeable batteries of old. Anything but the cheapest crap from China will have overcharge and overheating protection circuitry, so there shouldn't be a safety hazard most of the time.
    However, individual cells degrade a bit with each charge, so the cells hanging around 90-100% will charge slower. A lot of devices have firmware to circumvent this.

    tl;dr Charge it whenever you feel like it.
     
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    It's actually
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    50-35,
    35-15,
    15-5,
    5-0.

    Very weird.

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    I charge it every night.
     
  15. Alex658

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    According to PTM:GetBatteryLevel;
    Source: https://www.3dbrew.org/wiki/PTM:GetBatteryLevel
     
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    Those are only accurate if the power charger wasn't plugged in/unplugged continuously during the charge, I think.
     
  18. LinkSoraZelda

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    I didn't have one plugged in.
     
  19. hippy dave

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    When the light goes red. Unless I can't be arsed, in which case when it starts flashing.
     
  20. Sliter

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    well I usually when it turn red or start bliking, is very few the times when it power down due to low charge (like it turned red while I was outside, I left in sleep mode and when I get home, it's turned down)

    If it's almost full or in middle and I plan to go out to play, I charge it just in case
    I never really counted how much the battery last but even with sleepmode seens like to be a "day" +/- maybe ny confs aren't the best attery saving ?but I don't let on the maximum XD