Taking your Australian 3DS or DSi to America

Today I arrived in LA via Virgin Airlines, which was the best airline I’ve been on. Singapore Airlines is also good and Air New Zealand was cool too, but the thing that made this great for me was the USB charger next to the personal TV screens we had. I have used these sorts of media devices before but at the time their USB ports didn’t allow for power only data. I didn’t think to bring a USB stick of my own choice in videos but I managed to charge my iPhone, iPod and 3DS from it.

Taking my 3DS to America was an issue itself as last time I went there I was unable to charge it because of voltage issues. I had forgotten about this until the day before I left.

I had to buy a third party accessory pack in Melbourne to obtains a USB to 3DS/ DSi etc cable. It cost me $30 and came with heaps of other items I have little use for but it’s worth it. The plan was to use it with my iPod charger but the plane was a bonus.

If anyone else is planning to take their 3DS remember their charger will not work here without a converter (not an just an adapter) so the best thing to do is get a USB charger cable (I imagine they would be cheap on dealextreme.con) and organise it to arrive before you leave. Then use it with an iPhone or generic USB wall charger with an adapter (no converter needed) and you’re good to go!

Also remember that Australian and American 3DS games and consoles do not mix. I probably wouldn’t mix them anyway because I register my Australian Club Nintendo points cards. Most regular DS games work internationally unless they have DSi functionality.