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3DS LL Powerchment, a battery pack for 3DS XL by JTT. According to the company, this big, bulky attachment triples the 3DS XL’s battery life.

This is going to seem counterintuitive, but the 3DS XL already being so big makes external batteries like this a more appealing prospect. Basically, there’s no way you’re going to fit a 3DS XL in your pocket, so bulking it up with a battery attachment doesn’t ruin portability.

With that in mind, it’s weird that there aren’t more 3DS XL batteries…

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Mugen Power battery extender for the 3DS. If you want to extend the battery life of your system but don’t like the look of Nyko’s $12.25 Power Pak+ or other grip-style accessories, this import looks like your best bet.

It’s not only designed to increase the 3DS’s battery by 4.4 times, if you have a Cosmo Black or Aqua Blue portable, it will look just like an unmodified system, minus the extra bulk. It’s priced at ¥9,800 ($126 due to the crazy strong yen) and unavailable at the usual game import sites, though, so it will be out of most people’s reach.

Here’s a bouncin’ vid of the installation process.

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Four new Nintendo 3DS accessories from Nyko:

  • Play Clock - Charging dock with an alarm clock and a powered-speaker system. Built-in line-in port to turn your 3DS into a boombox.
  • Shock n’ Rock - Three times the battery, four powered speakers, and vibration feedback.
  • Power Grip - External battery also promising three times the battery life and an ergonomic grip.
  • Game Boost - Snap-on backup battery that delivers an extra 1-2 hours of battery.

Sorry for the sporadic updates today — we’re covering E3 for different outlets, and I don’t know about JC, but I am so drained after putting up 18 posts today.

Buy: Nyko ChargeBase, PowerPak+

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Hyperkin’s 3DS Powerplus, another accessory promising to double the 3DS’ battery life, and add an extra 2.2 ounces and 1/4” to its thickness (click for a larger image).
Like the Nyko Power Pak and Newbie PowerPlay, this p-p-p-power boost also boasts an “improved grip”. The slip-on battery pack will release this summer for $19.99.
In related news, did you know there’s a homebrew app built to measure how long your DS and 3DS battery last under various testing modes? Seems perfect for doing comparison tests of all these third-party accesories (though using a flashcart to run this software will likely deplete your battery faster). 
Buy: PowerPlay Battery Extender, Nyko Power Pak +
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Hyperkin’s 3DS Powerplus, another accessory promising to double the 3DS’ battery life, and add an extra 2.2 ounces and 1/4” to its thickness (click for a larger image).

Like the Nyko Power Pak and Newbie PowerPlay, this p-p-p-power boost also boasts an “improved grip”. The slip-on battery pack will release this summer for $19.99.

In related news, did you know there’s a homebrew app built to measure how long your DS and 3DS battery last under various testing modes? Seems perfect for doing comparison tests of all these third-party accesories (though using a flashcart to run this software will likely deplete your battery faster). 

Buy: PowerPlay Battery Extender, Nyko Power Pak +

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[Via Gamertell]

Nintendo 3DS PowerPlay Battery Extender from Newbie Gaming. While the Nyko Power Pak + doubles the 3DS’s battery life, this new accessory promises to triple it!

The PowerPlay is expensive at $40 (Nyko’s Power Pak + is $20, or $30 with the dock), and you’ll need to use your 3DS adapter to charge it, but it lasts 9 to 15 hours with 3D turned on, and 15 to 24 hours with 3D turned off.

As for dimensions, here a comparison of the two:

  • PowerPlay - 5.4 x 3.5 x 1.6 in ; 8 oz
  • Power Pak + - 4.8 x 2.48 x 0.5 in ; 2.6 oz

Note that the PowerPlay attaches to your 3DS with an ABS plastic shell (rubberized coating), and doesn’t require you to open the back of the system to install another battery like the Nyko Power Pak +.

Buy: PowerPlay Battery Extender, Nyko Power Pak +

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Our own JC Fletcher tested Nyko’s Power Pak + for the Nintendo 3DS, which boasts “double the battery life” of the system’s standard battery, to see if the extra charge was worth the 20 percent increase in thickness (and your cash), posting his full impressions over at Joystiq.

Along with applauding the Power Pak +’s “grippy texture” and “much nicer” cradle, he tested the batteries with both maxed out and conservative settings:

3D on, brightness maximum, wireless on:

  • Nyko Power Pak +: 5:33 hours
  • 3DS battery: 2:52 hours

3D off, brightness at minimum, Power-Saving on, wireless off:

  • Nyko Power Pak +: 9:04 hours
  • 3DS battery: 4:40 hours

At $19.99 for the battery alone (hooks up to 3DS AC adapter) and $29.99 for the battery/dock, I’m tempted to get one for myself, but the system pouch that I have right now already has a snug fit with the 3DS.

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Nyko Power Pak+ and Charge Base for the 3DS. With the stereoscopic 3D effect being a battery hog on Nintendo’s system, this Power Pak+ seems like a handy thing to have for long trips or any extended gaming sessions (so long as you don’t mind the extra weight/bulk).
Nyko says the Power Pak+ offers “double the battery life of the original 3DS battery” — I’m not sure if that means it doubles or triples the 3DS’s existing 3.5-5 hour minimum battery life. The rechargeable power cell also features “debossed finger rests for improved control and comfort”.
From what I can tell, the Charge Base only works with the Power Pak+ and not a 3DS by itself (both hook up to a standard 3DS AC charger). The dock has an on/off switch and LED indicator lights to show its charging status.
The company plans to sell the Power Pak + by itself for $19.99 with the 3DS’s release, and a Charge Base/Power Pak+ bundle shortly after launch for $29.99.
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Nyko Power Pak+ and Charge Base for the 3DS. With the stereoscopic 3D effect being a battery hog on Nintendo’s system, this Power Pak+ seems like a handy thing to have for long trips or any extended gaming sessions (so long as you don’t mind the extra weight/bulk).

Nyko says the Power Pak+ offers “double the battery life of the original 3DS battery” — I’m not sure if that means it doubles or triples the 3DS’s existing 3.5-5 hour minimum battery life. The rechargeable power cell also features “debossed finger rests for improved control and comfort”.

From what I can tell, the Charge Base only works with the Power Pak+ and not a 3DS by itself (both hook up to a standard 3DS AC charger). The dock has an on/off switch and LED indicator lights to show its charging status.

The company plans to sell the Power Pak + by itself for $19.99 with the 3DS’s release, and a Charge Base/Power Pak+ bundle shortly after launch for $29.99.

Preorder a 3DS with: Our Nintendo 3DS Buyer’s Guide

See also: More Nintendo 3DS news and media

3DS battery life, power save mode detailed

When Nintendo revealed a battery life of around 3.5 to 5 hours for the 3DS (5 to 8 hours when playing standard DS games), many presumed that was an estimate for only the system’s highest brightness setting.

Not so, explains 3DS system designer Ryuji Umezu:

"We announced the other day that the battery duration for playing Nintendo 3DS games on it is about three to five hours. When I measured it by playing several Nintendo games, with the backlight set to the brightest level and the power save mode turned off, battery duration was about three hours.

But if you use the power save mode under the same conditions, it gets about 10 to 20 percent longer. And if you set the backlight to the darkest setting, the battery lasts five hours, but the power save mode makes less of a difference.”

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Getting the most from your 3DS’s battery

Check that out — even when you remove the Nintendo 3DS from its pack-in charging cradle, the dock still has a face in a place!  Any name suggestions for this happy fellow?

But, uh, back to the lecture at hand, there’s a vocal group of folks who are unsatisfied with the system’s estimated battery life of around 3.5 to 5 hours when playing 3DS games (5 to 8 hours with standard DS titles), depending on your screen brightness settings.

If you’re willing to turn off the system’s stereoscopic 3D — an idea I’m sure many think is silly since that’s the 3DS’s primary selling point — you can increase your battery life significantly, according to Kotaku:

"The company guesses that people who keep the 3D turned off could get as many as eight hours. Turning off the system’s wireless via a switch, lowering its brightness settings or even running it in a dimmer power-save mode will all help the machine last longer.”

The mentioned Power-Saving mode, which desaturates the colors on your screens, is accessible through the Home Menu’s brightness settings. We talked a lot about the Home Menu last night, so read that if you haven’t yet!

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