Add USB-C charging to your Nintendo DS LiteAug 02, 2020 — 2 minute read — # Hardware # PCB # Mods # Gameboy # USB-C
The truly universal USB-C dream is finally realized for your Nintendo DS Lite!
Charge your Nintendo DS Lite with USB-C, using any USB-C cable and charger! If it fits, it’ll charge! Finally you can stop carrying around that extra proprietary cable!
My design is inspired by this existing PCB that only works with
USB-A -> USB-C cables. In my opinion, if you’re gonna future-proof your DS, you shouldn’t remain reliant on Type-A!
My PCB works with
USB-C <-> USB-C cables as well, so you can use ANY USB-C cable/charger to charge it! I’ve also verified it works with
USB-A -> USB-C cables, Quick Charge, and USB-PD! That means if your charger or USB battery pack offers 5V/9V/12V/etc., it will recognize the DS Lite can only accept 5V and charge accordingly.
Where to Buy
- USA: Buy on Amazon - (Why Amazon?)
- Any other Country: Buy on Tindie - (I will restock occasionally!)
This is designed for installation in any Nintendo DS Lite (USG-001).
This is not compatible with the original (fat) Nintendo DS, NTR-001. (My other mod for GBA-SP, does work in the NTR-001.)
This console’s original charger (USG-002) outputs up to 450mA at 5.2V. According to the USB-C spec, this mod will allow charging at up to 500mA at 5V. This mod will not result in any charging slowdown compared to the original charger.
Modify your console at your own risk! This product is provided “as is”, with no warranty - express or implied. That said, if you have any issues or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Instructions for assembly/installation can be found in INSTALLATION.md
If you have improvements, please modify these design files and share any improvements openly/freely with the community (via a pull request or another public repository)!
You are not permitted to profit off of this design or use it in any commercial venture.
Thank you to makho and BlindEye/Hidarite for the original PCB inspiration, and installation video!
Other Gameboy Mods
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My Other Gameboy Mods
- USB-C Mod for Gameboy Advance SP (and original Nintendo DS)
- USB-C Mod for Nintendo DS Lite
- USB-C Mod for Nintendo 3DS XL
- List of headphone jack mods for the Gameboy Advance SP