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MARIO_KART_64 5 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 9:23 AM

Taking the 3DS to Europe.

I'm going on a trip to Europe and I am considering taking along my NTSC 3DS. Any advice on what I need to do to safely charge it?

 

Specifically, I need to know if I need a power converter or if an adapter plug will do. I read on the internet that certain electronics can

charge safely with 110V or 220V input without need for a converter because the output generated will be the same; in this case DC 4.6V. I want to know if this is the case with the 3DS. Also, would you reccommend bringing a DS Lite versus the 3DS?

 

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or for you to post your own experiences about taking your DS abroad.

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Jun 21, 2011 11:55 AM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

The adapter that comes with the DS's in the USA don't work in europe on it's own cause of the max volts is 110V.  There are 2 options:

 

-Purchase a 220V to 110V convertor and use your existing adapter.

-Purchase an EU (or UK adapter if you will be in the UK) 3DS/DSi Adapter while in europe, which is what I did.  Worked great!

LAZARNATOR 151 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 12:39 PM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
the 3DS to Europe.

Im going on a cruise to Europe should i also buy a adapter thingy, The Cruise was Built in the US and only sails in Europe for a short time so do you think they'd have European plugs cause it sails from Europe, not the US.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 9:01 PM in response to: LAZARNATOR
Re: the 3DS to Europe.

If I had to guess, I would say that the outlets are probably 110 VAC, but I don't like to guess.  I would call the Cruise Line and ask them this question.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 9:00 PM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

I don't know where you read that it is safe to to charge electronics on 110 or 220 without a converter, but it absolutely is NOT true.

 

If you plug your power adapter, which is designed for 110V AC input, into a 220 V AC source, the power adapter will get damaged.  It will attempt to provide the correct output but will eventually (probably immediately) fail.  When it fails, it may just stop outputting power altogether, or it may get damaged in a way that causes a power surge to enter your 3DS, thus causing permanent damage to your 3DS.  Damage caused by misuse of the charging system will not be covered by the warranty, either, so you will be out $250.

 

If you need to plug your power adapter into a 220V AC source, you will need a converter to drop the voltage from 220V AC to 110 V AC, as Skeeter mentioned.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Jun 22, 2011 10:17 AM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Yeah, you're right.  If the adapter says it supports both 110 and 220, then you can plug it in either.  I've seen power supplies fail when designed for 110 but plugged into 220.  They usually make a loud bang then smoke pours out of them.

 

The adapters that support both (such as laptop adapters) usually have a separate power cable, so you can plug in a cable with the right prongs for the application (whether 110 or 220).  The 3DS power adapter has prongs for standard 15A 110VAC power receptacles because it is designed only for 110VAC input.

DIVER24 400 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 9:08 PM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Here is a tip about buying games in Europe: Don't. apparently, there is a region block on the 3DS. US 3DS's can play US games. Same goes in europe.

NIGHTFIRE5 3,713 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 11:54 PM in response to: DIVER24
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Actually, that's known pretty much every where. All Nintendo 3DS systems have region-locking built in. Japanese games can only play on Japanese systems, PAL games can only play on PAL systems, etc..

 

As for the main topic, yes,  you'll need a converter for it to charge correctly. Also, why not just take both the 3DS and the DS Lite? Lol.

42TUBADUDE 154 posts since
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Jan 8, 2013 4:42 PM in response to: NIGHTFIRE5
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Where can you get that type of that converter? Also, what is that called

ONE-OF-THREE 6,205 posts since
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Jan 8, 2013 4:47 PM in response to: 42TUBADUDE
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

42TUBADUDE  wrote:

 

Where can you get that type of that converter? Also, what is that called

They are usually called ''Step Down Power Converters'', and can be purchased at electronic stores, or online at web sites like Amazon.com.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 6:38 AM in response to: ONE-OF-THREE
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

ONE-OF-THREE  wrote:

 

42TUBADUDE  wrote:

 

Where can you get that type of that converter? Also, what is that called

They are usually called ''Step Down Power Converters'', and can be purchased at electronic stores, or online at web sites like Amazon.com.

Make sure you check the specifications, though.  Some converters are designed to be used with high power appliances, such as hair dryers and curling irons.  This type of converter does not normally work with low power electronic devices.  Make sure that the specifications for the converter state that it can be used with electronic devices.

42TUBADUDE 154 posts since
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Jan 8, 2013 4:51 PM in response to: DIVER24
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Sorry if this should be on a different thread, but can you play games bought in the U.S. online (such as MK7) in Europe? And if you can, can you play against people from china or the US

GLACIUSX25 2,041 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 11:11 AM in response to: 42TUBADUDE
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

42TUBADUDE  wrote:

 

Sorry if this should be on a different thread, but can you play games bought in the U.S. online (such as MK7) in Europe? And if you can, can you play against people from china or the US

Yes, you can play games online no matter where you are, as long as you are connected to Wifi. As long as you choose the "Worldwide" matchmaking, you can play against anyone in the world.

 

Though I'm not sure whether the "regional" option would go by the game's region, or the region where you happen to be playing.

MARIOGOLFER777 2,329 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 11:15 AM in response to: GLACIUSX25
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

GLACIUSX25  wrote:

 

 

 

Though I'm not sure whether the "regional" option would go by the game's region, or the region where you happen to be playing.

If you're talking about Mario Kart 7, I would say it may be the continet. I'm in Canada, and, if I recall correctly, I'm usually paired up with people from Canada, the United States and Mexico. All from North Amarica.

GLACIUSX25 2,041 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 11:17 AM in response to: MARIOGOLFER777
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Well yeah, but what I said was I'm not sure whether it would

 

1. Match him up with people from North America, since his game is a US version

2. Match him up with Europeans, since he's playing in Europe

ONE-OF-THREE 6,205 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 11:53 AM in response to: GLACIUSX25
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

GLACIUSX25  wrote:

 

Well yeah, but what I said was I'm not sure whether it would

 

1. Match him up with people from North America, since his game is a US version

2. Match him up with Europeans, since he's playing in Europe

Hopefully MARIO_KART_64 will have a nice trip over to Europe and will test this out to find out exactly to report back here, as I don't think I've ever read or heard what happens in a case like this and would be curious to find out, whether regional multiplayer would only match you up with others that have the same US version NTSC game cartridge no matter where you are located, or perhaps based on IP addresses, and then the matches would be more against those who are based over in Europe.

42TUBADUDE 154 posts since
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Jan 13, 2013 10:00 AM in response to: GLACIUSX25
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

I almost never go reigonal, but thaks for  clarifying that too.

LEXXISM 25 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 12:55 PM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Since I have a 110v 3ds power adapther and planning to plug to a 220v socket. Can I just buy a 220v 3ds adapther?

SNESNESCUBE64 1,139 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 7:07 PM in response to: LEXXISM
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

That is what you should do, it would probably be cheaper than a adapter.

EDIT: to answer what glaciusx said, i really dont think it would matter because you are randomly facing people world wide, even so most of the time when i play it is mostly against people outside of the united states. It also depends when you play. Because of the different time zones, americans may not be playing at 3am but it will be around 10 am.

ROD64 447 posts since
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Jan 11, 2013 8:05 PM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

All the countries in Europe are 220V?

And can you streetpass with 3DS's of other regions? (I mean, can a NTSC system do a streetpass with a PAL or japanese system?)

SNESNESCUBE64 1,139 posts since
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Jan 12, 2013 12:11 PM in response to: ROD64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

You most definately can, ive streetpassed japanese 3ds'. I live in the US so i dont know if EVERY country is like that but it is a standard

THEMASTEROFWORLD0012 24 posts since
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Jan 13, 2013 11:26 AM in response to: SNESNESCUBE64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Well if you are taking your car you can purchase a car charger for the 3ds in walmart or in best buy and when ever it is dieing put the 3ds in the 3ds car charger.

ROD64 447 posts since
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Jan 25, 2013 11:39 PM in response to: THEMASTEROFWORLD0012
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

THEMASTEROFWORLD0012  wrote:

 

Well if you are taking your car you can purchase a car charger for the 3ds in walmart or in best buy and when ever it is dieing put the 3ds in the 3ds car charger.

Nice idea!

BILLMILL310 1 posts since
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Feb 1, 2013 2:46 PM in response to: MARIO_KART_64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Having just returned from Europe, I would suggest getting a USB charger for your 3DS. My cousin has one, but I didn't have time to borrow it. The converter I brought didn't work for my 3DS, or my sister's DSlite charger (but did work for my Nexus7). Luckily, my friend's dad living there had a power strip his computer was plugged into that I used charge my system. When I traveled away for weekends, though, I just didn't play games and just used it to StreetPass.

 

Good luck to everyone getting those StreetPasses from other countries!

ROD64 447 posts since
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Feb 16, 2013 3:31 PM in response to: BILLMILL310
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

BILLMILL310  wrote:

 

Having just returned from Europe, I would suggest getting a USB charger for your 3DS. My cousin has one, but I didn't have time to borrow it. The converter I brought didn't work for my 3DS, or my sister's DSlite charger (but did work for my Nexus7). Luckily, my friend's dad living there had a power strip his computer was plugged into that I used charge my system. When I traveled away for weekends, though, I just didn't play games and just used it to StreetPass.

 

Good luck to everyone getting those StreetPasses from other countries!

There are no official USB chargers for the 3DS...

Even so, are countries on Europe 220V or 110V?

SNESNESCUBE64 1,139 posts since
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Feb 17, 2013 5:44 AM in response to: ROD64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

Countries in europe are 220v. But car batteries and usb ports are still the same.

ROD64 447 posts since
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Feb 18, 2013 12:17 PM in response to: SNESNESCUBE64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

SNESNESCUBE64  wrote:

 

Countries in europe are 220v. But car batteries and usb ports are still the same.

Are the power outlets like this?

SNESNESCUBE64 1,139 posts since
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Feb 18, 2013 6:18 PM in response to: ROD64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

I dont live in europe so i dont know, but it looks that way according to google.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Feb 18, 2013 6:59 PM in response to: SNESNESCUBE64
Re: Taking the 3DS to Europe.

It can vary between countries.  Wikipedia has an article that goes through the variety and some history:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets

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