Nintendo USB Charger




Introduction: Nintendo USB Charger

A simple instructable to show how to charge any DS from USB.

Step 1: Parts.

1. Any USB cable
2. Any DS
3. A Spare DS Charger
4. Soldering iron and Solder (Not needed, but highly reccomended)
5. Wire Strippers or Scissors
6. Electrical Tape
7. 10-15 minutes of time.

Step 2: Cutting and Stripping the Wires.

Take your wire strippers or scissors to the wires and cut the cables at about halfway.

Take the USB connector (Type 'A') and your DS connector (Lite, DSi or Phat) and strip about an inch off each wire, DO NOT cut any thing off yet.

If some wire came off when you stripped don't worry, it should still work.

There will be 4-7 different things in your USB cable, I had: String (no idea..), Foil (shielding), shielding (shielding), Data + (Green), Data - (white), Power (Red) and Earth (Black). Remove everything EXCEPT Power (Red) and Earth (Black).

Strip about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch off of them and put to the side.

Now take your DS cable, strip about an inch off take what looks like shielding and DO NOT cut it off, separate it and twirl it (:.
There should then be a Single Cable left in the middle, strip about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch off of it and twirl that (:

Step 3: Connecting Up.

Simply twirl the Red from the USB around the power for the DS and the earth round the earth, plug in and test, it should be charging.

If not ensure that a good connection is being made.

Now that you know it works solder it together and tape it up!

Step 4: Tape Up and Admire Your Work!

tape up the connection with electrical tape, plugin and admire your work!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    I've followed your instructions, but when I plug the DS into my macbook pro it says I am drawing too much power and it will shut down my usb hub. No orange light appears on the ds.

    Alternatively, I've tried on a PC laptop with no result either. Any ideas?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I would say use a AC to USB adapter, but since the whole point of the project is to get rid of the wall wart, I don't really know... At least if you brought your iPad and ds, you would only have to pack one adapter.

    Also, I wouldn't reccomend using an iPod or iPhone adapter because I'm pretty sure they are only 1 amp chargers and if I remember correctly, the DS wall wart gave it two (amps).

    Hope this helps!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    can i use iphone/ipod 30pin usb cable instead?

    and if before i change my mind..,,.if i bring the original nds lite charger to electronic service,,do you think they can fix it,,,?coz i believe the broken part is the charger adapter not the cable itself,,,thanks bro


    8 years ago on Step 3

    so basically cut the wire of a dsI charger and a usb and tape it together?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    no, a dsi uses 4.6 volts, you'll need a resistor in line to drop the voltage to 4.6v


    12 years ago on Introduction

    would this also serve as a gba battle cable for emulater to gba? ( i use oringinal ds) btw great instructable.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    i doubt it, as im only using power wires, but if its as simple as connecting up the data wires as well, then yes, i personally only need it to charge my DS from a laptop, so I don't have to lug around a whole plug as well (: