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[Unanswered] Nintendo 3DS- How to charge in Europe
Old 01-16-2013, 12:40 PM
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Hello all, I bought my 3ds in Canada. I'm in Italy right now and bought a European style plug-in/converter to charge in (2-pronged). While this plug in works with my mac laptop, it does not charge the 3ds. The charge-up light does not turn on; I have tried other people's chargers and none of them work. What could be the problem? I'm not too familiar with plug-ins/chargers/voltage converters and the like, so I'm lost as to what to do.
Old 01-16-2013, 01:23 PM
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The standard voltage all around Europe is 220-230V at 50Hz. Check in an electronics store, explain them your situation and ask for the correct voltage converter for your 3DS. You can also buy a new, European charger for your handheld.
Old 01-16-2013, 01:33 PM
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You could buy a new charger. Also wouldn't region lock be a problem since you bought the 3DS in Canada?
Old 01-16-2013, 02:12 PM
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Now that vinny mentions it, be sure not to buy any games or eShop cards while in Italy as they won't work with your 3DS.
Old 01-16-2013, 05:59 PM
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I charge my PAL region 3DS in the US by using an official Nintendo adapter. Before I bought the system, I contacted Nintendo and they gave me this advice:

(Copied and pasted directly from their response.)

- The AC Adapter included with the system is designed to be compatible only with the voltage and electrical outlet of the region or country in which it is to be sold. If the system is sold in Europe, the AC Adapter will work in those outlets but not outlets in the United States.

- An AC Adapter designed for a Nintendo 3DS sold in the United States should work for the system.

- We recommend against using the AC adapter with voltage transformers or any other equipment. The AC Adapter was meant to be plugged directly into the electrical outlet on your wall.

- It sounds like you may also be aware of this already, but I also must clarify that the Nintendo 3DS will only play games available in the same region where it is sold. Games purchased in the Americas will not work.


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So they recommend buying an official Nintendo adapter to charge the 3DS. I did this and I've been able to charge my system with no problems at all. I would think it would work the other way around for Europe... but contacting Nintendo may verify that info.

Also, regarding the eShop, I only buy from it by using my credit card directly through my 3DS. Like with PayPal or any related system, the funds are just converted to the correct currency (i.e., GPB to USD or vice versa). I think there was a $.48 fee for the conversion when I got my last bank statement-- nothing major though.

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Old 01-23-2013, 06:37 PM
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So I've been told I will need to have a transformer that outputs 110 volts at 60 cycles for the adapter to plug into for the 3DS to charge in Europe. Trouble is, where can I buy something like this online? There doesn't seem to be any clarity as to where I can do this.
Old 01-23-2013, 07:16 PM
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You can always just buy a new 3DS charger. Otherwise you can probably find the correct transformer in electronics stores.