Knex DS Lite\DSi Docking Station With Game Card Holder

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About: This part used to be full of crap but I finally deleted all of it. I'm Tigernod. I'm a student from North Brabant. You are all awesome and I love you. <3

UPDATE: 2-12-10: This Ible reached 4.95 stars! I almost can't believe it, that's almost 5 full stars! I'd like to thank you all for voting, really appreciate it.

UPDATE: 11-11-10: This Ible reached 4.85 stars! Seriously! I think I'm famous now! :-D

UPDATE: 09-03-10: So, Nintendo has brought out the DS lite w\ larger screen and the DSi w\ larger sceen. If anyone of you has one of these, would you please tell me if they are compatible?

UPDATE: 09-03-10: This dock is compatible with the Gamboy Advanced SP. But who uses these anyways!

UPDATE: 06-09-09: This instructable ended third in the Knex challenge! Yay!

UPDATE: 03-09-09: Forget everything I said about DSi compatability. The docking station can only be used with a DS lite.

Hello fellow friends of knex and gaming. I would like to share you my first knex creation that is not a gun. After all, guns get boring after a while. Instead, I tried to make a dock, like the many Ipod docks I have seen around here. Unfortunatly, I don't have an Ipod, so I made a dock for my DS lite. When I as building, I found out that I had a little space left on the left of the gray rods. I tried to do something with that part, so I made a holder for four game cards. It also has a thingie for holding the adapter cable. Allright, what is there left to say?Just get building and enjoy!

*The regular DS is too large for this dock; the DSi is too small, but can be fitted with some modifications.

**WARNING! The game card holder should only be used with a special casing for game cards. I am not responsible to any damage to your game cards, should you use the holder without cases. If you use the right cases, the game cards are
exactly one connector wide.
***The DS docking station can not be used when a Gameboy Advance cardridge is inserted.

****This Instructable ended third in the grand knex challenge. Yay!

*****The Docking station can also be used with a Gameboy Advance SP. Thanks to "knex i love yes" for pointing this out.

******WARNING! The dock is not a protective tool for your DS. I am not responsible should it be damaged in any way possible while using the dock. The same applies to the game cards in the holder.

Step 1: Everything You Need.

PARTS LIST:


RODS:

Green:12
White:6
Blue:3
Grey:5

CONNECTORS:
Grey:22
Orange:2
Green:1
Yellow:10
White:2

PS: If you don't have enough pieces, you seriously need to buy more pieces. Everyone can build this.

Allright, so first thing you need to do, make the parts in all the images. You need the part in the second and fifth image twice. Please notice that there is one part on the first three pieces where you don't need to add a green rod. So don't be stubborn and add one, as you will need this part later on.

Step 2: Assembly

First, get your grey rods and the piece with the green connector in it. Connect four grey rods as seen in the first image. Ignore the bottom left grey rod (sorry, can't use the image notes) that is not fully clicked into the connector. On the second picture, ignore everything and look only at the way the first four parts you made are connected. Green connector part, Yellow connector part, Orange connector part, White connector part, Yellow connector part. I'm sorry if this is a bit veage, and i'm also sorry for the way I spell the word vague. Attach the grey rod with the grey connectors on it as seen in the third and fourth picture. Notice that the connectors are facing the wrong way in this picture; the grey connectors must face towards the builder (you). Also notice that the two left connectors are sitting in between the yellow rods. This is normal, but they need to face the other way round just like I stated before. Take the blue rod with the 4 blue connectors on it and place it on top of the white connectors in the game card holder as seen in the fourth and fifth picture. Now, we are almost done, but we need a little bit more. The blue rod with the 3 grey connectors must be attcached like in picture seven. And finally, turn the dock upside down and place some more grey connectors. Do it EXCACTLY as in picture eigth. For improved strength, add three grey connectors to the left of the grey rod, and add a blue rod with a grey connector on the end of that rod. It does not really matter where you put the blue rod.

Ok, so now you need to build... Nothing at all! Just try it out! But before you start putting your DS in here, read the How to use step. Really, it's very important if you don't want to end up with a broken DS and no gamecards.

Step 3: How to Use

First of all, you need a NDS lite or NDSi if you wanna use this dock. A regular DS is too large. If you have a GBA card inserted, remove it before using the docking station. Close your DS and place it in the dock. If you want to listen music or watch a vid while using your DS dock, place your NDS closed first and then open it. If you constructed it right, an optional adapter cable should fit excactly in between the grey conns. Oh, btw, that red thing is not a sharpened red rod, it's the pen I use for my touch screen. Ignore it. If you want to use the game card holder, only use it when you have those small plastic cardridges to put them in (see picture). Otherwise your game card could be damaged.

Allright, I hope you find this Ible useful, do not hestitate to comment if you have questions!

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knexfun101

3 years ago

do you think it would work with a 3ds? I have a 3ds and I might build it to see if it works

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TigerNodkash2

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Apologies for the late reply. I am not on often.

This thing was made from before the 3DS existed, and as of such I do not know if it will work. If you really want to know, you should ask another Instructables member or try it out. I do not have a 3DS so I can't try it out.

If I shot it with a huge slingshot my DS would be dead. ;-)

I play COD on my DS, which means I have to use the stylus to move around and aim. That's why my screen is so messed up.

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stinkbombTigerNod

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

lol, i do a lot of FPS (metroid prime hunters FTW) and other touch screen based stuff on my DS, but the screen has almost NO scratches in it at all XD

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TigerNodstinkbomb

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Do you use NDS original, NDS Lite, NDSi, or NDS3d? The latter two have a reinforced touch screen.

(Besides that, it should be noted that I used this one for three years when I made the picture... And I still use it.)

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stinkbombTigerNod

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

sorry, i'm rather bad at keeping track of what's in my inbox and stuff...
i use a DS lite. only times i've had to send it in for repairs are 1) when the hinge broke and 2) when the left trigger stopped working (pretty much a game killer considering i mostly play fps games on my ds...) ....I guess the fact my screen is still (nearly) pristine may have to do with the 'soft tip' stylus that the ds lite uses... (i've noticed that after REALLY excessive use the stylus tip wears down)

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TigerNodstinkbomb

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Well that was a really late reply, lol.

Yeah yeah, I know, my screen is scratched. But I really do not care. By the way, I do not use it now anymore.

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MK3424TigerNod

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

but why didn't you covered the screen with a screen protection kit?

I had mine 3ds a few days and bought a screen protection kit for it.

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TigerNodMK3424

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Because IIRC they don't sell those in Holland, apart from some specialised shops that are quite far away from where I live.

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TigerNodMK3424

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

I have never seen such a screen protection kit there to be frank. But the Free-Record shop in my hometown is a rather small store, so that might have something to do with it.

I rarely ever go to the larger cities, so yeah...