Introduction: Knex DS Lite\DSi Docking Station With Game Card Holder

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UPDATE: 09-03-10: So, Nintendo has brought out the DS lite w\ larger screen and the DSi w\ larger sceen. If anyone of you has one of these, would you please tell me if they are compatible?

UPDATE: 09-03-10: This dock is compatible with the Gamboy Advanced SP. But who uses these anyways!

UPDATE: 06-09-09: This instructable ended third in the Knex challenge! Yay!

UPDATE: 03-09-09: Forget everything I said about DSi compatability. The docking station can only be used with a DS lite.

Hello fellow friends of knex and gaming. I would like to share you my first knex creation that is not a gun. After all, guns get boring after a while. Instead, I tried to make a dock, like the many Ipod docks I have seen around here. Unfortunatly, I don't have an Ipod, so I made a dock for my DS lite. When I as building, I found out that I had a little space left on the left of the gray rods. I tried to do something with that part, so I made a holder for four game cards. It also has a thingie for holding the adapter cable. Allright, what is there left to say?Just get building and enjoy!

*The regular DS is too large for this dock; the DSi is too small, but can be fitted with some modifications.

**WARNING! The game card holder should only be used with a special casing for game cards. I am not responsible to any damage to your game cards, should you use the holder without cases. If you use the right cases, the game cards are
exactly one connector wide.
***The DS docking station can not be used when a Gameboy Advance cardridge is inserted.

****This Instructable ended third in the grand knex challenge. Yay!

*****The Docking station can also be used with a Gameboy Advance SP. Thanks to "knex i love yes" for pointing this out.

******WARNING! The dock is not a protective tool for your DS. I am not responsible should it be damaged in any way possible while using the dock. The same applies to the game cards in the holder.

Step 1: Everything You Need.

PARTS LIST:


RODS:

Green:12
White:6
Blue:3
Grey:5

CONNECTORS:
Grey:22
Orange:2
Green:1
Yellow:10
White:2

PS: If you don't have enough pieces, you seriously need to buy more pieces. Everyone can build this.

Allright, so first thing you need to do, make the parts in all the images. You need the part in the second and fifth image twice. Please notice that there is one part on the first three pieces where you don't need to add a green rod. So don't be stubborn and add one, as you will need this part later on.

Step 2: Assembly

First, get your grey rods and the piece with the green connector in it. Connect four grey rods as seen in the first image. Ignore the bottom left grey rod (sorry, can't use the image notes) that is not fully clicked into the connector. On the second picture, ignore everything and look only at the way the first four parts you made are connected. Green connector part, Yellow connector part, Orange connector part, White connector part, Yellow connector part. I'm sorry if this is a bit veage, and i'm also sorry for the way I spell the word vague. Attach the grey rod with the grey connectors on it as seen in the third and fourth picture. Notice that the connectors are facing the wrong way in this picture; the grey connectors must face towards the builder (you). Also notice that the two left connectors are sitting in between the yellow rods. This is normal, but they need to face the other way round just like I stated before. Take the blue rod with the 4 blue connectors on it and place it on top of the white connectors in the game card holder as seen in the fourth and fifth picture. Now, we are almost done, but we need a little bit more. The blue rod with the 3 grey connectors must be attcached like in picture seven. And finally, turn the dock upside down and place some more grey connectors. Do it EXCACTLY as in picture eigth. For improved strength, add three grey connectors to the left of the grey rod, and add a blue rod with a grey connector on the end of that rod. It does not really matter where you put the blue rod.

Ok, so now you need to build... Nothing at all! Just try it out! But before you start putting your DS in here, read the How to use step. Really, it's very important if you don't want to end up with a broken DS and no gamecards.

Step 3: How to Use

First of all, you need a NDS lite or NDSi if you wanna use this dock. A regular DS is too large. If you have a GBA card inserted, remove it before using the docking station. Close your DS and place it in the dock. If you want to listen music or watch a vid while using your DS dock, place your NDS closed first and then open it. If you constructed it right, an optional adapter cable should fit excactly in between the grey conns. Oh, btw, that red thing is not a sharpened red rod, it's the pen I use for my touch screen. Ignore it. If you want to use the game card holder, only use it when you have those small plastic cardridges to put them in (see picture). Otherwise your game card could be damaged.

Allright, I hope you find this Ible useful, do not hestitate to comment if you have questions!

Comments

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knexfun101 made it! (author)2015-07-10

Ta Da! I made it but modified it to work with my 3ds

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knexfun101 made it! (author)2015-07-10

do you think it would work with a 3ds? I have a 3ds and I might build it to see if it works

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kash2 made it! (author)2012-04-01

does it work with the 3ds please reply

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2012-05-09

Apologies for the late reply. I am not on often.

This thing was made from before the 3DS existed, and as of such I do not know if it will work. If you really want to know, you should ask another Instructables member or try it out. I do not have a 3DS so I can't try it out.

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Fred the evil puppet made it! (author)2011-01-08

Nice screen. It looks like you just shot it with an srv2 or something...

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-01-15

If I shot it with a huge slingshot my DS would be dead. ;-)

I play COD on my DS, which means I have to use the stylus to move around and aim. That's why my screen is so messed up.

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stinkbomb made it! (author)stinkbomb2011-07-21

lol, i do a lot of FPS (metroid prime hunters FTW) and other touch screen based stuff on my DS, but the screen has almost NO scratches in it at all XD

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-07-22

Do you use NDS original, NDS Lite, NDSi, or NDS3d? The latter two have a reinforced touch screen.

(Besides that, it should be noted that I used this one for three years when I made the picture... And I still use it.)

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stinkbomb made it! (author)stinkbomb2012-02-11

sorry, i'm rather bad at keeping track of what's in my inbox and stuff...
i use a DS lite. only times i've had to send it in for repairs are 1) when the hinge broke and 2) when the left trigger stopped working (pretty much a game killer considering i mostly play fps games on my ds...) ....I guess the fact my screen is still (nearly) pristine may have to do with the 'soft tip' stylus that the ds lite uses... (i've noticed that after REALLY excessive use the stylus tip wears down)

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2012-02-25

Well that was a really late reply, lol.

Yeah yeah, I know, my screen is scratched. But I really do not care. By the way, I do not use it now anymore.

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king of knex made it! (author)king of knex2011-07-31

where did you get it and which COD?

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-08-01

COD 4 DS, and COD 6 Mobilised DS. I don't play it anymore now.

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MK3424 made it! (author)MK34242011-04-19

but why didn't you covered the screen with a screen protection kit?

I had mine 3ds a few days and bought a screen protection kit for it.

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-04-21

Because IIRC they don't sell those in Holland, apart from some specialised shops that are quite far away from where I live.

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MK3424 made it! (author)MK34242011-04-21

in de free record shop of de game mania vind je die normaal toch ook

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-04-24

I have never seen such a screen protection kit there to be frank. But the Free-Record shop in my hometown is a rather small store, so that might have something to do with it.

I rarely ever go to the larger cities, so yeah...

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MK3424 made it! (author)MK34242011-04-25

Maybe if you order it online

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GDEEP13 made it! (author)2011-12-18

Do you have someone for the DSi XL too?

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2012-01-02

No, sorry.

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factknowhow made it! (author)2010-03-08

make it clearer

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factknowhow made it! (author)factknowhow2010-03-08

nvm

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2010-03-09

Are you building this?

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factknowhow made it! (author)factknowhow2010-03-09

yes

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factknowhow made it! (author)factknowhow2010-03-09

actually im done

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king of knex made it! (author)king of knex2011-08-04

same

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-08-06

And, does it work?

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2010-03-10

Cool! And, does it work?

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knexp90 made it! (author)2010-09-30

i built this to see if it would hold my dsi xl...
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...not even close.

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2010-11-11

Nope, that doesn't work I'm afraid. There is a reason those things are called XL :-P

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knexp90 made it! (author)knexp902010-11-13

yeah, i guess so, lo. unfortunately, i took my ds to school and some moron stole it

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2010-11-14

That's sad. :-( Are you going to buy a new one? Those things are expensive.

Myself, I'd never take my DS to any public space, they're way too expensive for that.

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knexp90 made it! (author)knexp902010-11-14

yeah, unfortunately, those things are 200 bucks. so im getting ipod touch for Christmas. i'm completely over the whole thing

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Blackonyx2234 made it! (author)Blackonyx22342010-11-23

I got mine for 25 bucks a yesterday and now I wanna make this for it.
I got it with call of duty. its awesome.

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MK3424 made it! (author)MK34242011-04-19

Same happened with i had a DS lite, they stole it in the gym hal and the school never payed it back it was worth €600 console + games happily i got the DSI as a present and later traded in and payed €179 extra for the 3DS in the game mania.

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-04-24

Huh? Someone at the gym hall stole it, yet you ask the school to refund it for you?

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MK3424 made it! (author)MK34242011-04-24

I did, but the gym hall was from the county and they won't refund the stolen wear

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-04-25

Not meaning to crtiticise, but quite obvious if you ask me. I never leave my mobile phone alone when I go to the School's gym either. Not trying to blame you, but it isn't really the school's fault that it was stolen, is it?

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MK3424 made it! (author)MK34242011-04-25

But it pisses me of when i heard it was someone of the same school i was and they even knew who it was.

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-04-26

Hm, that explains quite a few things.

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knexp90 made it! (author)knexp902011-04-19

thats awesome, youlle have to tell me how it works sometime. : >)

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northernmagnet made it! (author)2011-03-11

wow your DS is so scratched up

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-03-14

Yeah, I know. That's what you get when you play COD on the DS...

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northernmagnet made it! (author)northernmagnet2011-03-14

i hate COD on ds its hard because im a lefty and dont use a stylus

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-03-19

Eh... You can switch between left and right handed in the options menu...

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danicle made it! (author)2011-02-21

7
im confused
please make it simpler, its soo confusing, all the picture

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-02-26

I'm afraid I can't make it any simpler then it is right now... But here's a tip. Try to build it from the pictures instead of the instructions. In some cases that can be easier then building it from the instructions.

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-02-26

Sorry for double posting, but if that doesn't work, maybe I'll redo this step. I've heard multiple complaints already.

And btw, are you Dutch? If you are I can explain it in Dutch, maybe that helps.

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videogamemaster made it! (author)2011-02-08

Heeeeey! You have grease statins around your buttons, too! I'm not alone! My poor old Nintendo DS Lite (Same color as yours, but mine's from the original release of the DS Lite back in 2006) it has these horrible grease stains around all the buttons. I have yet to figure out a way to get rid of them.

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TigerNod made it! (author)TigerNod2011-02-09

Lol, yeah. I have tried everything to remove them, nothing worked out... :-(

Sorry for the spelling. I'm not a native English speaker.... So the grammar can't be solved, I'm afraid.

But I'll run this through spellcheck again, see what happens. Thanks for the advice, and I hope you like the Instructable.

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videogamemaster made it! (author)videogamemaster2011-02-09

Yeah, guess pizza/McDonalds and Nintendo DS's just don't mix.

And I didn't mean mis-spellings in your Intructable. I meant in my comment. I spelled "Stains" "Statins" at first.

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