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Charging Nintendo DS in the EU (Kids)

If your kids plan on taking a DS on the trip, you will need an EU charger for them. The US charger with an adapter will not work. They used them in the car on long drives.

Posted by
12006 posts

Do they sell car chargers? That way you could bring one that is also usefull at home.

Posted by
337 posts

Good idea!
We ended up buying one in Venice of all places.
Ill sell it on ebay with my TIM cellphone...LOL

Posted by
8 posts

Help, i'm in Italy for 23 days (Cortona for the next several days) with our 3 kids. We have discovered that the US chargers DO NOT work on our Nintendo DS or Gameboy with converters or adapters in Italy. Any suggestions where to get an EU charger in Italy? Are there large electronics stores (like a Best Buy) in Italy that might have them?

The 18 hour trip home will not be the same without them. Thx

Posted by
337 posts

they do have GAMESTOP like shops....ask a kid.
Venice has them, we got one for 12 euro.

Posted by
19 posts

You won't believe this but a couple of years ago when we took our two sons to Italy (ages 16 and 11) we forgot the charger. My determined 16 year old charged theirs with a row of batteries and some wire scavenged from the airplane headphones.

Posted by
8 posts

Great news !!! We found an EU Nintendo DS charger at EURONICS in Lucca. 6.50 euros and worked perfectly. Having the full charge definitely helped on the flights home . Hope this helps someone out in the future.

Posted by
669 posts

Mary, get your kids into technical work when they get older- we need more innovators!

Posted by
12 posts

Is the same true ipod chargers...that they won't work in EU, even with an adapter?

Posted by
495 posts

I would expect an ipod charger to work but there is one way to make sure!

Electricity in the EU is 230VAC at 50Hz. Any electrical item will say what electricity it will accept. Look for a panel on the charger and it will specify the input voltage (usually as a range:) if 230 is within the range then you just need the plug adaptor.

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337 posts

iPod and DVD players also cell phones did fine with EU adapter plugs. I think its just the Volts on the DS that do not allow it to charge.