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214 of 217 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2012
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To those of you looking for a current review and to answer some questions, I wanted to make a few comments. First of all, as many other reviewers have mentioned in their five star ratings and to answer some of you that have left one or two star ratings, this is an AC Adapter, as mentioned in the product description and the box itself. This is not a charger, not a docking station. This is merely an electrical plug that works with the Leap Frog products. Whether you have rechargable batteries or not, this item is not intended to charge those. This is to be plugged in while using the unit, as you would a television. If you want a portable unit, put in the batteries. We use this ac adapter when we are at home, since most kids sit in one place while using these toys, it is no problem to plug it into the nearest outlet. We put in fresh batteries when we head to an airport or when we are in the car. That being said, the second issue, which actually made me wonder whether to order this or not, is whether it works for the LeapPad or Leapster Explorer units. It does. In fact, the version we received is exactly as shown - a white adapter with a rounded/domed plug - and the box actually says on the front and back that it works for ALL Leapster Learning Systems - explicitly stating that it includes the Leapster Explorer and the LeapPad Explorer. We have a Leapster 2 as well as the LeapPad and this works for both of them. Why the product description mentions that it isn't compatible with the Explorer systems, I do not know. The only reason I can think of is that Leap Frog has updated this item since it originally appeared and now includes those systems. Of course, what you receive could always vary from what someone else received, but we just got ours this week (May 6, 2012) and the pictured item is what we recieved, even if the description doesn't match. As far as I am concerned, this is a very fair price for an electrical alternative to batteries, especially if it works for all the units Leap Frog now makes. Oh and one last answer that I couldn't find before I ordered it - the cord length is 6.5 feet (78 inches).
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2010
I agree with the other 99.99% of reviewers. Definitely 5 star. I hesitated on buying it and now am wondering why. Love it! Things I think would be helpful to other people: Once you attach it to the Leapster it automatically blocks the device from getting power from the batteries so it doesn't damage the batteries or device. Other game devices with AC adapters they tell you to remove the batteries, but with the Leapster AC adapter you can keep the batteries in according Leap Frog. The cord stays into the device good and doesn't fall out. The cord is really long. The outlet plug end had a smaller 3/4 inch thick box extension with the prongs behind the larger power pack box that makes it easier for the plug to be tightly snug against the plug socket outlet at home or in the car if it has an three pronged AC power outlet like mine. You can't walk more than approximately (haven't measured it)6 feet away, but if you were playing a PlayStation, X-box, or Nintendo 64, most kids stay sitting in one spot while they play games even if it is an handheld game console. And when we need his Leapster 2 to be portable he has his rechargeable AA batteries inside. Even rechargeable batteries can be recharged only so many times before you have to replace them as well. Buying this has saved us so much on how often we have to recharge or buy replacement rechargeable batteries.
Update: We used this on a road trip vacation from Florida to Niagara Falls, New York all the way up on the United States/Canadian border and this was a life saver on the extremely long...long road trip in a car. Like I said my car has an three pronged AC power outlet. Worrying about his rechargeable batteries having to be recharged and replaced over and over on the road was not a issue.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2011
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I purchased the Leapster Leappad for my child and wanted another way for her to use it rather then buying batteries all the time and decided to buy this AC adapter. I was kinda concerned that this would not work with that particular device but it does, theres a slot for the adapter to pull in and I do not have to worry about having to buy batteries all the time.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
If your kids have a leapster you need this, its great. Just think of all the money you will save by not having to replace batteries all the time. I bought two of these from Amazon for my kids and I highly recommend this product.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
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I got this item to save on batteries for my sons leapster. It was never used often, but after only a few months of use the leapster (which he only ever used with the cord) started acting up. I called leapster thinking it was their product that was acting up. They told me they were happy to work with me, but as step 1 to put batteries in to rule out the cord being the problem. Since using the leapster on batteries the leapster has been working 100% perfect. I believe I can safely assume that the cord / adapter stopped working properly. After reading other reviews I realize I'm not the only one who had this problem. For the relatively cheap price I paid it's not worth my hassle to try and get a refund, but I hope putting this review out there helps others not get stuck with a faulty product like I did.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
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I just want to confirm what another reviewer mentioned. The description on this listing is outdated. The box I just received indicates that this unit will work on the Leapster, Leapster Explorer, and the LeapPad. We plugged it into the LeapPad tonight and it worked like a charm. I also want to confirm that this is not a charger and will not charge the unit, it simply provides power while it is plugged in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2011
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Saw conflicting reviews about this products compatibility with the explorer and decided that I would try for myself since it is form amazon I could just send it back if it didn't work. This does work idk maybe the first reviewer was looking for some type of indication that it as plugged in, which I don't think it does at least not anything that I noticed. I took the battery pack thingy off completely to see if it would work and it did. Could not have been anything other than the charger powering it on without batteries. If you need a plug for you explorer then get this one. Its good for you if you just need it to work where theres an outlet available and the cord seems pretty long so your kid wont have to sit right next to the wall, save your batteries for car trips. If you have frequent car trips and dont like buying batteries then I guess the leapster battery pack would be good for you but at more than half the cost of the leapster itself and more than the games i could not justify buying it for our needs since we are mostly at home and I dont allow her to wander around with it anyway.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
This is a great product for use on long trips, particularly! It saves huge $ in batteries. Strongly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
I was so excited to get (I did not buy it through Amazon) this adapter for my children who love playing their Leapster games. I did not use any batteries, not even rechargeable ones while my kids or I (only for checking it out) played games. My kids and I discovered that the Leapster shuts off whenever the plug-in is moved/touched... That's frustrating, especially for the kids. Imagine being in a middle of a game and ...BOOM... it shuts off. Otherwise (whenever we did not touch/move the plug into the Leapster), it worked, and the kids were able to play the games at least for some time. But I do like the idea of not using the batteries.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2012
I'm confused....I'm readinga ll these reviews about people saying not to buy this because it didn't charge the batteries int heir leapfrog...it's not supposed to!! Isn't this an adapter so that instead of powering the device with batteries, you can use electricity by plugging it into the wall? Am I missing something? Why all the rewiews about this not charging batteries..i didn't think it was supposed to....?
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