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Nintendo 3DS XL Power Adapter and Cradle (Nintendo 3DS)

Platform : Nintendo 3DS
61 customer reviews

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  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Media: Accessory

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  • ASIN: B008DS4YVW
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12 x 8 cm
  • Release Date: 24 Aug. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,620 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Nintendo 2210646 - 3DS XL ADAPTOR WITH CRADLE

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. WOODRUFF on 5 May 2013
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This docking station works absolutely perfectly. I cannot find fault with the device itself.

I guess the main advantage is that it will save wear and tear on the 3DS's power socket at the rear as you are not constantly plugging it in and pulling it out. Also if someone trips on the cable or something (these things happen) it won't break the socket on your 3DS XL as this merely has a couple of metal contacts that touch corresponding contacts on the back of your 3DS.

It would also be convenient if you leave it plugged in too as you can just plonk your 3DS XL down on top of it instead of fumbling to get the cable in the socket. However I'd only do that if the mains adapter was plugged into a socket with a switch as I personally don't feel comfortable leaving these adapters plugged into a live socket 24/7.

That's the good stuff, now the problem...

As other reviewers have said, the price over and above the standalone AC adapter is ridiculous given that you are paying for a piece of plastic with a couple of metal contacts that probably cost a few pence to produce. Nintendo have a tasty mark-up on this unit. They could make a decent profit at half the price.

So I give it a "fun" rating of 5 stars as I consider that the score for how well it does the job. At the end of the day it is far better than having the mains adapter alone.

I give it an overall score of 3 stars because it is very poor value for money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Evans-crane on 9 Jan. 2013
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This contains an Official nintendo power adaptor and a charging cradle for the Nintendo 3DS XL.

If you have bought a 3DS XL please be aware you will need a charger (unless you are upgrading from an original 3DS or DSi DSi XL), which is available from Amazon on its own for approximately 1/3rd of the cost of this pack.

What you gain with this pack is the charging cradle, a black plastic frame that the included adaptor plugs into. To charge your 3DS XL you simply place it in the cradle and it starts charging - I bought it because I have to plug in the charging cable to my mobile phone and tablet when I'm back from work - simply being able to drop my 3DS XL straight into this saves me a little hassle and time - something that for me is worth the extra price.

The cradle has a cut out so you can keep headphones plugged into your 3DS XL while it is charging, is set at a slight angle and you are able to change games in the 3DS XL all while it is charging, although you wont be able to access the stylus without lifting the unit slightly - which is not a problem.

It dies what it says on the tin - charges without having to plug a wire into your hand held each time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mitchell on 3 Oct. 2013
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It does the job well, and saves wear and tear on the DS power slot i.e. no plugging a cable directly into the handheld every night, just easily place the DS into the cradle. No pressing it in or fiddling around. But this device is way too expensive for a lump of plastic. There's no weighty, premium feel here. Having said that, it's well made - as all Nintendo stuff tends to be - and will likely last ages. Worth getting if you get over the ouch factor of that price and want to avoid wearing out the power socket of your 3DS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Upchurch on 18 Jun. 2013
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£20 for a plug and a bit of plastic is a sting, but you really do need one of these if you have a 3DS XL - it makes recharging a breeze. At least I got the XL itself for cheap - thank you, online price battles!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Philip Elthorpe on 19 May 2013
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Nintendo, with the 3DS XL, released the cradle, which allows easier charging, separately to save costs. However, it's the consumer who still has to pay, and this is £20 poorly spent.

Half that would be fine, but, for a piece of plastic that, while robust, almost seems unfit for purpose, and a power adapter you can get, seriously, for £7 off this site, it's a rip-off.

Avoid unless you know you'll use it for what it's designed for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mikepro on 20 May 2013
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Well - its the power adapter and accompanying 3DS XL cradle to go with our two 3DS XL's. Simple to assemble and very easy to use. Could have Nintendo supplied one or even both these items with each 3DS XL they sell? Possibly. Just pass the difference in cost onto the customer I suppose - we have two systems and charge up both using this. Very pleased. Thank you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emrys on 21 Feb. 2013
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Its very nice to have a place to dock my 3DS XL, however £20 is expensive for literally a piece of plastic. Sure you get a charger, but i have one already that i had to buy day one with my XL. If you are buying a XL for the first time this is a good purchase, but for me owning a charger already it is basically £13 for a bit of plastic. It works well though, probably the best dock I've ever used

PROS
- Access to all buttons on the 3DS including the headphone port
- It's really easy to set up and use
- The 3DS is playable while in the dock
- Looks fantastic a works perfectly

CONS
- Pricey for what it is
- Not necessary
- Should of been included with the XL in the first place

OVERALL
4/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Kovacova on 11 July 2013
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Had to order this one since they don't ship adapters with 3DS XLs anymore. Standard adapter, the cradle is not the best though - light, does not feel premium at all - more like something cheap you buy from a 3rd party.
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