why do slot 1 cards reduce battery life?

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by genuisgeek, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. genuisgeek
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    genuisgeek GBAtemp Regular

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    for all ds' how come slot 1 cards reduce battery and why dont actual games do that [​IMG]
    i was just wondering since it always seems i need to recharge my dsl although it new
    but still
    since it does that which one of the flashcarts have the best battery life use for the dsl
     
  2. arctic_flame

    arctic_flame GBAtemp ATMEGA8 Fan

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    Flashcarts drain the battery life simply because they have extra hardware. A slot-1 card needs a SD controller, which includes a few things like a clock so make serial reads/writes along with the ROM that holds the bootloader and is visible to the DS.

    Original DS games have just 2 componets, the ROM (game) and EEPROM (save)
     
  3. podunk1269

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    It's weird though, my NDSL last almost an hour longer with my slot 1 card than it did with comerical games
     
  4. Tikker

    Tikker GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    test out your sleepmode, and then try to come to the same conclusion [​IMG]

    I find game play wise, there's no real noticeable change

    go to sleep mode and you notice a HUGE difference
     
  5. DarkAura

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    Over there.
    I thought it was just R4 that drained battery... [​IMG]