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Gen USB Charge Cable for Nintendo 3DS/DSi/XL

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Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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  • USB Charger Cable for Nintendo 3DS/DSi/XL
  • Light and compact design for easy portability
  • NOTE: For Nintendo 3DS/DSi/XL Only; NOT compatible with Nintendo DS or DS Lite
  • Easily charge your Nintendo 3DS lithium battery from any USB port
  • HDE® is a registered trademark and is the only authorized seller of HDE branded products
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  • ASIN: B0024ZT3XO
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: October 15, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Use this very handy USB Charger Cable to recharge your 3DS's battery from any computer's USB port. Great adapter for when you're near a computer but not a wall outlet. Can also be used with a 3DS car charger that has a USB outlet. Nintendo 3DS system not included. Please note: For Nintendo 3DS/DSi/XL Only; NOT compatible with Nintendo DS or DS Lite.


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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Just to make it perfectly clear: This product (USB Power Charge Cable Adapter for Nintendo NDSi) cannot be used to transfer data to or from your computer. It is for charging your DSi from an USB port only. It also works with the newer Nintendo XL and 3DS, but not for the original DS and DS Lite (because older models have a differently shaped charging port).

The power cable is about 46 inches (117 cm) long. I measured the current consumption to be around 350mA during charging of my XL. All computer or laptop USB 2.0 ports are rated for 500mA, so there should be no problems with loading. But you should not plug it into an unpowered USB hub (because the 500mA is shared by multiple devices), nor should you try it in an older USB 1.1 port.

There are several other ways to recharge your Nintendo through this power cable, namely:

1. Using a generic AC-powered USB adapter. It is best to pick one that works from universal voltage of 100-240V AC, so that you can use it while traveling (Note that the original Nintendo AC adapter only works from 110V AC)

2. Using a battery-powered USB supply (such as the one from UltraLast Green 2AA/AAA/USB On-the-Go Charger). This allows you to recharge while taking a very long plane ride, for example.

3. Using a 12V-to-5V USB adapter. This allows you to recharge from your car battery, which is handy during long driving trips. Some newer cars already have USB ports for iPod and MP3 players, so in that case you don't even need an adapter.

In summary: This power cable is a very inexpensive accessory, but it gives me multiple options to recharge my Nintendo DSi XL. So for that I'm completely satisfied.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charges 3DS when in sleep only September 15, 2011
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
When plugged into the 3ds, the screen flickers from the 3ds randomly gettings a split second charge from the cable.
i figured that it was because usb ports don't supply enough current to the 3ds. I tried using the usb cable with a iPod wall charger with more current (1A) and the screen still flickered and was not charging right.

something else is wrong here as the iPod wall charger (official apple one) has more voltage (5v vs 4.6) and more current (1A vs the 3ds charger's 900ma) and the 3ds still wont charge while using it.

The 3ds does charge fine over usb(laptop) and wall charger when the 3ds is in sleep mode.

dropping the voltage to 4.6 could get it to work right but the cable would need additional components to do that.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Travel Companion for Your DSi June 3, 2009
I bought this product in anticipation of a three-week stint in Italy during which I would not have access to an American AC plug. I am bringing my MacBook Pro and already have the Apple M8794G/B World Travel Adapter Kit to keep my notebook charged overseas. However, having very recently purchased a DSi (read: this product arrived before the DSi did) I wanted an inexpensive way to charge my DSi while I was away from home. Enter the USB Power Charge Cable Adapter, which seemed like a natural solution, and something that would suffice - but the product is so good that I felt the need to write a review. There are a couple things that make it excellent:
a) The price. It's right. Paying less than $6 shipped (in my case it arrived in 2 days with regular shipping from HDE) is spot on for a useful cable like this.
b) The make. This cable has a finish which feels remarkably similar to that of the DSi, and the coloring is a match for the matte black DSi. I am also happy to say that the product quickly and easily charges the DSi without any hassle.

Update: More than 4 years in and this product is still going strong and charges my DSi very well. Very glad I purchased it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cable, great price. February 11, 2014
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I bought this to charge my 3DS XL with my new Anker portable battery charger and it works perfectly. I have also used the cable with an Anker 2-port wall charger without issue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it worked August 3, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a cord, and it works, so 5 stars. I wasn't able to play while charging, but I'm pretty certain that was the fault of the USB battery I was using. With the 3DS off, I was able to recharge it using a battery with a standard USB connection, so great. That's all I was expecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great charging cable for travel March 19, 2014
By D. Kong
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Rather than buy a world charger for my 3DS XL and cram yet another wall wart into my overstuffed laptop case, I purchased this cable for use overseas. The Nintendo end fits snugly in my 3DS XL with no play in the jack or flickering charge lights. Other reviews have mentioned loose connections but I seem to have gotten a quality cable. I can use the handheld while is charges with no issues.

I've charged my 3DS XL from both my laptop (Macbook Air) and the little white cube charger that came with my iPhone 5S. Both worked great. The USB ports on most smartphone chargers should work perfectly.

The only USB port that didn't seem to work well was the one built into the seat in front of me on my flight. It would charge for a moment, then kind of putter out. Some PCs might complain of excessive current draw too. This is all to be expected and not really the fault of the cable. The USB spec limits the current draw of devices to 500mA while the 3DS XL can pull 900mA or sometimes more. Some laptops and wall chargers will tolerate this, others will cut you off. If you encounter a port that keeps cutting you off, you might have more luck if you sleep your handheld or even turn it all the way off.

Anyway, for a couple of bucks, I have a really lightweight, compact charging cable for my 3DS that works with most USB ports. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love this product so much I got two one for ...
love this product so much I got two one for home and one for the office. I love it because I use my main charger for the base station i have and ahte having to unhook everything... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Dakota J. Mesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great charging cable
Great charging cable. Works better than original, now my son doesn't have to find a wall outlet, he can use a battery.
Published 1 day ago by Aceforall
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't think you can charge and play your 3ds XL ...
Don't think you can charge and play your 3ds XL with this cord (even with a high-power USB wall-wart) Even in standby (the 3ds) it flickered as it was charging. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Klipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
Works exactly as I expected it to, except for it not working when the 3ds isn't in sleep mode or off, but I concede that it was my fault for not reading enough reviews. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mauricio Nunez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It works like a charm, just like it's supposed to.
Published 5 days ago by Julia M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipping was also pretty fast as well
Works as advertised with my 3DS XL. Charges perfectly while in sleep and in use from my 15" Retina Macbook Pro, Scosche Dual USB car charger, my 10-port Anker USB 3.0 hub. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Anchit Panchal
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the right item.
It didn't fit my 3DS XL. If you get a gray cable instead of black, it may be an indicator.
Published 15 days ago by EHC
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Only charges when DS is not being used and even then if DS is sleeping it didn't charge well.
Published 16 days ago by Michael Shuffett
5.0 out of 5 stars It is good, blessed be Nintendo for giving us lower beings ...
It is good, blessed be Nintendo for giving us lower beings access to such a glorious pice of technology.
== good luck Ebola-chan ==
Published 18 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Works great
Published 20 days ago by Alex
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