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US Nintendo DS-Lite with converter problems in South Africa

I'm an American living temporarily in South Africa. My son bought his American Nintendo DS-Lite, but we have been unable to charge it, though we have tried several electrical currency converters. Is there a particular converter configuration that we need to use, other than the standard 240volt to 110? Or can we purchase a new power cord in South Africa and use that? Thanks for any help. My son is frantic!

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  • lalindsa Aug 28, 2008

    Could you be more specific please? What exactly is that charger, and how does it work with my US DS in South Africa? Can I use a differently powered charger on this DS? Thanks.

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If you can fidn a device like this there in Africa it will be better getting this so you can charge the DS while you're still there, check this link for it http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/206489534/charge_station_with_blue_light_for.html

Hope that helps..........

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    Mark Gil Aug 28, 2008

    The charger that recommend to you will be better if only you can find a charger like that there in Africa, you just need to put the battery of the DS on that charger so you can go ahead and charge...

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Hi,

It should work straight out with a step down transformer. That is of course if the mains supply in South Africa is 240 240 and the unit being American is 110.

This is of course not unless it was initially tried without a transformer or stepdown converter which would mean that the charger/adapter has been fried and therefore damaged.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Aug 28, 2008

    Hi again,

    Possible replacement charger/adapter maybe found here, here or here.

    Alternately, I believe you could also charge the device using the USB port of your PC.


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    Louie Role Aug 28, 2008

    Could you be more specific please? What exactly is that charger


    • Your initial post was "unable to charge it", if the original charger was designed for 110 and was inadvertently plugged into 240, then it would have been damaged and therefore would no longer charge the DS Lite. It would make no difference if you eventually tried using any "electrical currency converter". Hence my suggestion of purchasing a new one here, here or here.
    how does it work with my US DS in South Africa?


    • Irregardless of the mains voltage 240 or 100, an appropriate charger will bring down the mains voltage and convert it to a usable power for what the DS Lite needs, specifically, 5VDC.
    Can I use a differently powered charger on this DS?


    • Yes, since it uses standard mini USB port meaning the voltage would always have to be +5VDC. For charging purposes, you could try chargers meant for MP3 players, cellphones, cameras, as long as they are USB ported. Having said this (USB), it is even possible to charge the unit using the USB port of your PC.
    The question really would be how long the charging time would be then with replacement USB ported chargers as different chargers/sources put out different charging currents but always 5 volts.

    Cheers.


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