How to make a DS charger

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How to make a DS charger
Mini-B USB cables are also known as Standard USB cables. (usb image by Bosko Martinovic from

If you've lost or damaged your Nintendo DS battery charger, you can make one using a Mini-B USB cable, the kind used by most digital cameras, and a USB-to-AC adaptor, the kind used to charge USB devices using a wall outlet. The port on the back of a Nintendo DS is about the same size and shape as a Mini-B USB port so this set-up will do in a pinch, but prolonged usage is not recommended.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mini-B USB cable
  • USB-to-AC adaptor

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  1. 1

    Connect the Mini-B USB cable to the USB-to-AC adaptor.

  2. 2

    Plug the small end of the Mini-B USB cable into the charger port on your DS. Because of the shape of the USB cable, you'll need to push a little harder than you would with your normal DS charger so use a bit of caution when doing this.

  3. 3

    Connect the USB-to-AC adaptor to a wall outlet. The Nintendo DS power indicator light will turn orange when charging.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a Motorola mobile phone charger to charge your DS, too; the plug is the same shape as the small end of a Mini-B USB cable.

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