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About the product
- Double the capacity and play time of the original 3DS battery Soft Feel Surface and de-bossed finger rest allow for improved control and comfortable play Includes mini screwdriver for easy installation
- Works with the Nyko Charge Base for convenient Drop and Charge feature
- Compatible with the original Nintendo power adaptor
- CE and EL certified high quality lithium polymer battery
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Keep your Nintendo 3DS charged and ready for action with the Power Pak+. The Power Pak+ is a rechargeable Lithium Ion Polymer battery designed exclusively for the 3DS and the rigorous demands of gamers. The double capacity battery provides up to 2x the playtime on a single charge, and features Nyko's Soft Feel Surface and de-bossed finger grips for the ideal grip on the handheld. The Power Pak+ charges using the stock AC Adaptor included with the 3DS so no additional cords or wires are needed, making it ideal for travel. The Power Pak+ is the ideal solution for powering your 3DS allowing you to play longer with more comfort.
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The feel is not like the cheep plastic look and feel the 3DS has but this nice soft felt-like feel to it yet it is hard like plastic. The battery increase is wonderful and I can now play my new Legend of Zelda game now without worrying about battery and turning off 3D. And the size of it contrary to what others may say it actually feels really good.
But of course there is a bad side to everything.
Now the bad side to this is so weird I have never seen this before but sometimes 3DS just turns off for no reason. And I use the internet on it a lot and when I am searching and it turns off this way and I go back everything is the way it was before I even turned it on so that is annoying.
So here are the cons and pros:
Great battery life
Size makes it more comfortable to hold
Easy install just unscrew take off battery replace with net battery and screw in place
Turns off 3DS randomly
So that is it. If you have any questions or answer to my weird random turn off than write a comment down in come section beeeloow....that was really bad sorry.
I received it, and I installed it, which was easy-peasy. It takes less than five minutes to do. They even give you a cute little screwdriver to do the job! When I charged it up and all, I got straight into playing my 3DS games, and oh boy, did I run it on punishing settings. I'll explain the results in a bit. Basically though, it does its job.
Does the Power Pak+ Do It's Job?
The short answer: YES. The long answer, yes, it does so by a long shot. It's a much higher capacity battery. I got the device two weeks ago, and I've been draining it dry ever since I got it for the sake of a review. What I did was run a series of four tests. I tested them with different settings, the two optimal ends of the scale, and compared the results. All tests were run with a 3DS Game in the game slot.
Test 1: Standard Battery with Max Brightness, Wifi ON, Power Saver OFF
Duration: ~2 Hours 34 Minutes
Test 2: Standard Battery, with Lowest Brightness, Wifi OFF, Power Saver ON
Duration: ~4 Hours, 37 Minutes
Test 3: Nyko Power Pak with Max Brightness, Wifi ON, Power Saver OFF
Duration: ~5 Hours, 02 Minutes
Test 4: Nyko Power Pak with Lowest Brightness, Wifi ON, Power Saver ON
Duration: ~8 Hours, 26 Minutes (I'm gonna test this one again, it seems off...)
As the results above show, the battery really adds a much bigger punch than what you would get if you had chosen to stick with Nintendo's stock battery. My biggest fear was that since I go on trips on a frequent yet sporadic basis, I would be stuck having to do something like read a book for a duration of the trip. I don't have a DS Lite or DSi anymore, so that's a bust. But with Nyko's Power Pak+, I don't have to worry too much about it anymore! Yeah, it won't last the transatlantic flight from California to Tokyo, Japan, but it'll provide much more runtime than usual.
What Did I Like and Dislike About the Nyko Product?
-Adds much more battery playtime
-Looks sleek, adds a floaty appearance to console
-Has depressions on the bottom to make your hands comfortable
-Easy installation if you know how to handle a screwdriver
-Adds more weight to a heavy console
-Harder to stuff in a pocket
-Still cannot last through a transatlantic flight
-Slightly acrid smell from rubber (maybe it's just me)
One facet I would like to address is the overall weight of the console. Many people were whining about how they thought that the battery would add a large amount of weight to the console. It's obviously going to do just that. It's a higher capacity battery, and that's a sacrifice you'd have to take. But, to be honest, the weight is really insignificant. In actually, it helps neutralize the heavier top screen and adds just the right amount of push to make the console balanced. It really helps a big-handed guy like me, and makes playing much more comfortable.
The charge base comes with the battery because when the battery is installed, it becomes useless with Nintendo's stock charge dock. It also accepts the Nintendo 3DS stock charger! I like the drop and charge play method, so I went out and bought this toy too. What you need to understand is that there are two bundles to purchase. The first one only has the battery, at $19.99 MSRP. The second bundle has the battery and the Charge Base, for a price of $29.99 MSRP.
Basically, the charge base is a rather sleek dock, with three metal pins to connect to the Power Pak+. It's the same as the 3DS dock, but it has a red and green LED light to signal charging and finished charge, respectively. The blue LED is a power indicator. Simple to use, and looks nice. It's easy to tell when your charge is done because the light turns bright green.
Things To Keep in Mind!
1. When installing the battery, change it quickly but carefully. At most, 99% of the time, you will have to reset the date and time on the 3DS system.
2. Make an initial charge RIGHT AWAY, and DO NOT PLAY with the 3DS during this charge. Some users have filed complaints that their StreetPass data deleted and could not function properly!
3. When using the Charge Base, the battery indicator will take a few minutes to display a full battery on the 3DS menu. It's regular since the battery is high capacity.
4. Use this accessory at your own risk. Apparently, it's not a Nintendo approved item, and will (sadly) void the warranty.
If you know how to use a screw driver, you'll be fine with installation -- I used the included (ADORABLE) screwdriver and had no problems. Any small screwdriver will do the trick, though.
My only word of caution is that removing the 3DS battery will make it forget date/time, so if you're thinking you'll get this and then swap it back and forth with the original battery depending on your battery life needs, keep in mind it will be a bit of a hassle.
Absolutely thrilled with the purchase for 10 dollars. The additional battery life is more than welcome, as the 2.5hr stock battery is just dismal! Especially playing Zelda: OOT, you can easily have a nice gaming session without having to be near an outlet to plug in.
Surprisingly enough, NYKO has hit a home run with this. Great price, great item.