Nintendo DS USB Charger

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Introduction: Nintendo DS USB Charger

This is a really simple task, and can only really cost you up to $8.00 (If you have the parts). So, just read along! There isn't much you have to know, only how to solder (It's melting metal, how hard can it be?) and use scissors.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Alright, for this, you'll only need a few basic things.

--Solder Iron, Solder Wire (Buy it here for $8.00)
--NDS Charger, USB Cable (Lite or Launch, Type-A Male)
--NDS (Lite or Launch) of course ;D

Also, recommended, you only use the chargers provided by Nintendo. These will last MUCH longer than 3rd party chargers.

Step 2: Setting Up the NDS Wires

This is really simple.

--Cut The NDS charger as stated.
--When you have the cable cut, you'll see that one wire is thicker than the other. Strip off some of the "shielding" of the wire to expose it.
--All you have to do know is twist the wires on top of themselves. The NDS is now done!

Step 3: Setting Up the USB Wires

This, as well, is very easy.

--Cut the USB cable as stated.
--When you have the cable cut, you'll see that there are four wires instead of 2. There is red, black, green, and white. Cut away the green and white wires, you don't need them.
--All you have to do know is twist the wires on top of themselves. The USB cable is now done!

Step 4: Soldering

This is one of the easiest things to do. If you bought that kit I mentioned, use the guide to help you if it's your first time soldering.

--Take some soldering wire, put it to the red wire, solder that, adn do it with the other red wire with the same strip of soldering wire. Now surrond the soldering wire and red wires in electrical tape. Do the same for the black wires.
--Wrap some more electrical tape around both set of wires to keep the wires from getting caught on something and snapping.

Ta-da! complete!

Step 5: Credits

The Instructible was mad by me.
The original tutorial was made astrangeone on GameFAQs.
Nintendo DS was made by Nintendo.
And a bunch of other credits I don't want to list :P

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Thank you! Worked like a charm. Used an Ipod cable. It worked perfectly. :)

Hi there ! Thanks for your tutorial. I tried but i just have 3 fast orange lights and nothing more....i used an USB like this one : http://content.etilize.com/Large/1010042348.jpg (so a Type A-B Male).
I'm wondering if i must take an USB Type A / Mini B like this one : http://www.everest-electronics.com/img/usb_5pin_beige_1.jpg to make it good like you ? Can you confirm me please ? Thanks !

Update ! I finaly rebuild all my cables and discover in my Usb girdle, another black wires but without the black one...so i put them together and "Voila" ! :) all's working fine. Thanks from France

orange light is on for one second but stops after 1 seconds

thanks for those mentioning deal extreme. I didn't know the site existed... looks like dirt cheap deals on electronic goodies.

Very nice job. My 9 yr old son wants a car charger for his DS for use on our 10 family vacation. This gave us the idea we needed - to use my laptop for charging his DS. The fun is not in buying one for $1.87 at deal extreme.

never *evil laugh*

can this also serve as a trade/battle cable 4 games? (ex. emulator to game battle)

I also wimped out and bought a USB wall charger for $20 at GameStop, and it came with a DS Lite charger cable and a DS Lite to Original DS/Game Boy Advance SP adapter. It's nice, because I can charge not only DS's or Game Boys, but things like iPods, cell phones, and digital cameras as well. Plus, I could really trust my handmade cable anymore.