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    Charging a DS Console bought in USA

    Hi all. Anyone know anything about electric currents here and in the States? If I were to bring back a DS console from the States, then obviously the plug and voltage would be different to here. Would I be able to just use a UK Nintendo DS charger to charge the console? :thinking:

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    No - you would have to use the usa charger with a 240v - 110v ac power converter.
    Personally i would buy the DS from the UK as you get a 12 month guarantee and don't have to cough up for a converter, also if it was inadvertently connected to a UK DS power lead it would fry!
    By all means buy the games from the usa - there half the price of the games over here!

    Original Poster

    Many thanks golfchip.

    hmmm...not so sure. the GBA we bought from the States about 4 years ago had US chargers, but we just bought a UK charger which has never caused a problem (just our experience)

    You can get USB chargers for DS consoles my daughter has one.Loads of them on eBay.That should work for you.

    u can just use a uk charger for your ds. i have an american ds. the only way it'll fry is if you plug in the american charger without changing the voltage

    golfchip

    No - you would have to use the usa charger with a 240v - 110v ac power … No - you would have to use the usa charger with a 240v - 110v ac power converter.Personally i would buy the DS from the UK as you get a 12 month guarantee and don't have to cough up for a converter, also if it was inadvertently connected to a UK DS power lead it would fry!By all means buy the games from the usa - there half the price of the games over here!



    This is not correct - the DS itself is the same, to the DS it doesn't matter what charger is hooked up to it as regardless of input voltage the charger will supply the correct power.

    Where you have to be careful is devices that take their power directly without a power brick such as the PS2 which used a standard 'figure of eight' power lead. If you plugged a Jap PS2 into UK mains with a UK power lead you'd fry it. However the Gamecube on the other hand kept the power supply external to the console itself which meant you could plug a Jap GC into the UK mains with a UK power supply and it would work fine.

    John

    If i'm wrong - I stand corrected.

    The information i provided was a near quote from a sales assistant in wallmart, i took his advice and bought the games there and the DS when i got back.

    or a USB charger for about 75p from dealextreme

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone. :thumbsup:

    dcx_badass

    You believed a sales assistant! Oh dear, especially an American one!



    Worse yet.. one working for Wallmart!

    Point taken!?!

    http://www.seeitornot.faketrix.com/content/funnies-pics/originals/funny-Wal-Mart-picture-career-opportunities-stupid-employees.jpg
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