Nintendo DS Slot-2 Lights

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!

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    49 Comments

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    arceo99
    arceo99

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Charles Espeville
    Charles Espeville

    11 years ago on Step 6

    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
    m6233555m

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    Charles Espeville

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    wtfarris

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    wel i used a tiny flat screwdriver it worked for me

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    zack247
    zack247

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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
    m6233555m

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Charles Espeville
    Charles Espeville

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    XOIIO

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Charles Espeville
    Charles Espeville

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    XOIIO
    XOIIO

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    Maxaxle

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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
    dude22072

    10 years ago on Step 6

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

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    juhanius
    juhanius

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    qazwsx755
    qazwsx755

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    What where the ratings on the leds you used?

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    juhanius
    juhanius

    11 years ago on Step 6

    just wrecked my ds with that

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    zack247
    zack247

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    junits15
    junits15

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    willrandship

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    junits15
    junits15

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    not really, you can get some pretty bright LEDs