Introduction: Modded DSi Charger Docking Station

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My parents got me this quite neat Dsi charger docking station for Christmas last year and although it is really handy it has one quite major downfall... It has a blue LED that is on all the time it is plugged into the mains. Now anyone can tell you for one that it is not as Eco-friendly as it could have been; and two having a bright blue LED shining 24/7 can get very annoying quickly.

So to solve this i simply put an on/off switch into the mix :)

Step 1: Mateials:

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To start off with you need the docking station its self. I have the 'Bigben Interactive DSi docking station' which is as far as i know one of the most popular and easily available ones around.
You can get them for around £10 from any gaming store.

The only other materials you need are:
1x Switch 
2x lengths of wire

Tools:
Soldering iron
Solder sucker
Solder
Hobby knife
Super glue

simples ;)

Step 2: Opening It Up

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Firstly we need to get to the circuit so the case needs to be opened up.
To do this on the underside there are three screws as seen in the picture. they are located under the felt (you do not need to remove the felt! just run your finger up the felt until you find an indent, that is where the screw is).

Step 3: Altering the Circuit

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Basically there are 3 stages to complete this:

1) de-solder the black wire from the input socket from the LED

2) solder one piece of wire to the detached black wire and the other piece of wire solder to the LED leg

3) solder the wire from the socket to the middle switch pin and the other wire to one of the other pins on the switch

I have also included color coded schematics below

Step 4: Adapting the Casing

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For this you need to make a slot in one of the end pieces so the switch can poke through, to do this i used a hobby knife.
Then you need to super glue the switch to the inside of the case( hot glue gun will work just as well) and re-assemble the case.

Step 5: Finished!

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When the switch is on the blue LED is on and you can charge your DSi, when the switch is off the light is off and the DSi will not charge (saving electricity ;) )

Please feel free to suggest any improvements. :) 

Comments

arpoky (author)2010-07-10

Just FYI: Dude, LEDs ARE eco-friendly--They're designed to take up less energy! LEDs also have an extremely long lifetime. "Solid state devices such as LEDs are subject to very limited wear and tear if operated at low currents and at low temperatures. Many of the LEDs produced in the 1970s and 1980s are still in service today. Typical lifetimes quoted are 25,000 to 100,000 hours but heat and current settings can extend or shorten this time significantly." --Wikipedia

stevoace (author)arpoky2010-07-30

I agree with your point but i said "that it is not as Eco-friendly as it could have been" meaning that even if it has still a low power consumption; a power consumption of Zero is still better when it is not in use. But really i am mainly focusing on the irritation of it being so bright and constantly on XD

MajorTemples (author)stevoace2012-12-23

Haha you can save money in the long run!
Lets assume its a 2Watt led, which means it uses 0,002kWh.
now lets assume you let it plugged in all year long 365*24=8760 hours.
8760*0,002kWh=17,52kWh
price of electicity: $0,10/Kwh
17,52*$0,10=$1,752
£10=$16,159
16,159/1,752=9,22 years
So after 9,5 year of letting that led NOT burn you WOULD make profit! :D

zack247 (author)2010-06-15

you could put a switch in the bottom so that when the dsi is in the cradle it turns on the power and when the dsi isn't in it the power stays off. just an idea though. im going to do this to my ds lite charger now!

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