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Charges 3DS XL even while playing
on May 9, 2014
I wish Nintendo sold a first-party product for USB charging, but since they don't, I did a lot of research to find a good substitute. When possible, the charger that comes with your 3DS is a better choice as it has a longer cable and seems to charge faster (which is typical when comparing USB charging to AC charging). But I wanted some spares I could place around the house/car so I didn't have to take the larger, less-portable AC charger around.
Some USB charging cable reviews state that they only charge when the 3DS XL is powered off or sleeping, so I made sure to get one that can charge while playing since that's an important feature to me. Luckily, this one fits the bill perfectly. The price is great too. For the price of one Nintendo-branded AC charger, I ended up getting 3 of these USB chargers. It also works great with the car USB adapter I have in the cigarette lighter port, so charging on the road is super easy.
Only real negative is the cable length is quite a bit shorter than the Nintendo charger, so if you are charging while playing, you are a little bit more tethered down. The quality is also not quite as good as the Nintendo one, but as long as you take care of it and don't yank it or anything while plugged in, should still last a long time.