Introduction: Nintendo DS Slot-2 Lights

How to make a source of light out of 2 white leds & your filler cartridge(the useless thing that came in your ds's gba slot).

Step 1: Gather Materials...

I've found a cheap set of wardrobe lights, cheaper than white led itself; so I've decided to use them, instead of buying some...

Step 2: Dismantling

Open up the cartridge and prepare some wires...
p.s. take a look at the polarity (2nd image).

Step 3: Soldering Time

Desolder 2 leds
solder them to the wires
look at the 7th picture and make something similar
put some insulating tape between the wires in the cartridge

Step 4: Cartridge Mod

Take the bottom part of your cartridge and engrave it with something, like a dremel...
then detach the internal plastic separator part.

Step 5: Assembling

Put the pcb into the cartridge case (use some glue to fasten it);
close the case with the screw (do you remember where you put it?)
add some glue to the leds(to prevent short circuit).

Step 6: Let There Be Light!!

You've finished!

Comments

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arceo99 made it!(author)2013-11-24

do you need a resistor in that?how will i know the voltage?

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Charles+Espeville made it!(author)2009-11-09

Step 4, pic 2: "here you can see it more clearly"

Are you kidding me?

Quick question. Are you soldering the wires to both of the outermost contacts? The picture was hard to make out.

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-11-10

Step 3 pic 8: "here you can see it more clearly" lol
Step 2 pic 2: n° of pins (1 & 32)
you can solder the wires to the track of the circuit (use sandpaper first) or to the contact directly (but no more than 1-1,5 mm).

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Charles+Espeville made it!(author)2009-11-10

Ok... got mine to work. Found out that it is practically impossible to embed an LED into the front cover of the blank (the plastic is incredibly thick!) so I left that part off and only used the top half of the blank. Other than securing the circuit, it's pretty easy. I've attached pictures of my stab at it. Overall, it's a cool project. Thanks m6233555m! (or can I just call you 'm'? ;) )

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wtfarris made it!(author)2011-02-18

wel i used a tiny flat screwdriver it worked for me

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zack247 made it!(author)2010-05-23

i made one just like that... i have a diffused blue led in a pink filler from one of my friends, i got my ds used, so i was mad when i foundout that piece was missing, waiting to be modded

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-11-11

Call me "m"... glad to be helpful.

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Charles+Espeville made it!(author)2009-11-10

Ok... got that. What about the voltage output? Say I wanted to use only one LED. Would I need a resistor?

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XOIIO made it!(author)2009-12-29

The output voltage is 3.3 volts, I just tested it.

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Charles+Espeville made it!(author)2009-12-29

Thanks, XOIIO! I know I should be able to do that myself but for lack of tools... :P

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XOIIO made it!(author)2009-12-29

Yeah, good multimeters are hard to find. Just a month or so ago though I found one that was $60 but on sale for $30, and it's great.

I'ts the matercraft 52-0055-6

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Maxaxle made it!(author)2010-08-11

Uh...why? I mean, if you need a flashlight, go get one. And it would be more useful if there was a way to turn it off (but there probably is).

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dude22072 made it!(author)2010-06-12

could you use this gide to put a led in a normal GBA cart

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juhanius made it!(author)2010-02-14

i soldered  it and then start my ds and it started and WOOF and it just get black :(

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qazwsx755 made it!(author)2010-04-28

What where the ratings on the leds you used?

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juhanius made it!(author)2010-02-08

just wrecked my ds with that

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zack247 made it!(author)2010-02-09

how? if you followed the instructions there should be no reason for it to stop working

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junits15 made it!(author)2009-06-17

this would be cooler if there was a switch and the LEDs were actualy in the filler, it would make a handy flashlight.

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willrandship made it!(author)2010-01-09

Why use this as a flashlight? wouldn't you get more light out of the ds screens? :P

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junits15 made it!(author)2010-01-09

not really, you can get some pretty bright LEDs

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-06-18

But there's a switch.... the ds's one, and you can place the led wherever you want, simply shorten the wires. :)

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fishgish509 made it!(author)2009-11-24

were did you find the wardrobe lights? at the dollar store?

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-11-25

You can try, I found them in a normal discount.

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fishgish509 made it!(author)2009-11-25

ok

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fishgish509 made it!(author)2009-11-25

were did you find the tri winged screwdriver?

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XOIIO made it!(author)2009-12-29

Even easier just use a small flat screwdricer (like a glasses one but bigger) and put it so it's inside 2 of the 3 wings and it turns as easily as a regular screw.

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fishgish509 made it!(author)2009-12-30

sweetness

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-11-25

I've used a standard flat screwdriver (1.8mm); and some patience.

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fishgish509 made it!(author)2009-11-25

did you bend it with pliers?

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-11-27

No, but it may be useful to have pliers and hammer nearby...

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fishgish509 made it!(author)2009-11-27

yea i do

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jonty789 made it!(author)2009-09-09

it sound cool but when i try to make it i couldn't put it back in the ds

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Atomman made it!(author)2009-05-15

Cool, but really no purpose...

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m6233555m made it!(author)2009-05-16

The filler cart is more useful now...(lol)

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poptart432 made it!(author)2009-04-09

kool but dumb

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Miles+Tails+Prower made it!(author)2008-11-02

This looks really cool, man! Sadly don't have any GBA games I'm going to destruct...

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Triworm made it!(author)2009-02-14

it's not a gba game its the dust cover.

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gamewinners42 made it!(author)2009-01-21

so the first pin on the left is + and the 1st on the right is -? so i just solder 2 ends to the left and 2 to the right?

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junits15 made it!(author)2008-12-23

how did you make your high voltage power supply?

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m6233555m made it!(author)2008-12-24

It's nothing special.. a flyback transformer driven by two 2n3055 with heatsink, but you can just search for "flyback" on Instructables.

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Sandisk1duo made it!(author)2008-09-18

too blury to see anything

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m6233555m made it!(author)2008-09-19

Photos were taken by my cell phone camera...in the evening(see binary clock).

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The+Nate+Dawg made it!(author)2008-11-19

so solder on pins 1 and 32?

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m6233555m made it!(author)2008-11-20

Exactly... as shown on 2nd step 2nd pic...

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The+Nate+Dawg made it!(author)2008-11-21

Now I see it. I didn't get that the first time I read this. I didn't know what the round things meant. I don't know if it was just me, but maybe other people won't get that either.

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mettaurlover made it!(author)2008-11-04

I'm going to make one of these, but with the LEDs contained in the cartridge, so that they don't stick out.

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apr1694 made it!(author)2008-10-22

I can see that you have an R4DS

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m6233555m made it!(author)2008-10-23

It's for the HOMEBREWS... I also have an Ez 3 in1... quake 2 on the ds is one of the best thing you can have...

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Alcreion made it!(author)2008-09-19

nice r4 you pirate! lol jk i wont tell. Nice Instructable!

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sharkstun97 made it!(author)2008-10-16

i thought it said iq like an iq gAME

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