Nyko accessory doubles 3DS's battery life

Preemptively disappointed with the relatively short 3D play sessions you'll get out of the Nintendo 3DS? Then Nyko has just what you're looking for, if you don't mind making your portable device a little bit bulkier.

Initial testing has shown the 3DS to peter out in about three hours with 3D mode in full effect - that's not quite enough for a long road trip or cross-country flight. Nyko's Power Pak+ promises to double that, which should provide juice for a good 6-10 hours, depending on how far you crank the 3D switch.

The 3DS is a fairly svelt gadget, so this isn't the most elegant solution. But hey, it's a giant battery pack, so you shouldn't expect it to be. Nyko would probably contend the ergonomics are just fine, though, noting it has "debossed finger resets" for improved comfort. The unit has its own 3DS charger slot so it's easy to recharge the system without removing it from the Power Pak.

The hefty battery peripheral will be available alongside the 3DS on launch day, March 27, for $19.99. Following that, Nyko will release a separate charging dock for the Power Pak+, which will carry a $29.99 price tag. Anyone biting, or is the 3-5 hours of standard battery life enough for your needs?

Other accessories you can expect to see when you pick up your launch 3DS will likely consist of the same drab carrying cases and "Starter Kits" that seemingly no one wants.

[Source: CVG]

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Mar 8, 2011




  • alfredo305 - March 10, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    i do that with my dslite i lvl my pokemans with the elite 4 and watch netflix, and your right i just dont want to turn everything on.
  • GameManiac - March 9, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    I could really use one of these.
  • shawksta - March 9, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    First off, nobody isnt gonna sit and play for 5 hours straight, second putting 3D is FULL is not recommended and wont look good, so put 2 and 2 together and its impossible to waste the batteries that fast. That thing IS a good idea though. @AuthorityFigure Does it say its from Nintendo? No, Neko made them themselves to boost it, Much like 360 and PS3's "FPS Freak"
  • WTeen8 - March 9, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    At home: 33-5 hours is good enough, because I can just play it while charging On the road/any where else: Here's my 20 bucks, give the power pack. Don't matter though, I probably won't get one until Christmas at the earliest
  • AuthorityFigure - March 9, 2011 1:28 a.m.

    So they're marketing prostheses for a platform before it's out properly? Seems like the 3DS is an incomplete platform.
  • Spybreak8 - March 9, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    Hehe that reminds me of when I had my Game Gear and the battery pack for that sucker! OH man was it heavy! This doesn't look too bad though but I'm usually interested in accessories AFTER I have the console/or PC lol.
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - March 9, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    I think the 3-5 hours of 3D is enough seeing as anymore than that will put you into a coma.
  • Cyberninja - March 8, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    2nd comment you cant call it dlc because no download is involved and accessories have been around since before nes btw so stuff like this isn't new like you implied.
  • Poxuz - March 8, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    At least now people won't have to buy the next 3DSLite/i/XL
  • claytonmiller - March 8, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    If I hadn't already ordered some other stuff (I actually got a starter kit just because it had screen protectors, a car charger, and a carrying case for cheaper than they would be individually), then I would probably get this. Maybe later... As in, July or something.
  • ninjaemperor - March 8, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    that's actually a double plus for me, I like bulky, sturdy feeling handhelds.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - March 8, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Sigh... Even our consoles are getting DLC now.
  • waffman11 - March 8, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    I don't really do much handheld gaming outside of my house anymore, sort of sad, but I usually just play handheld games when I don't want to bother turning everything on, or when I want to watch a TV show at the same time. Pokemon is really good for that, given the turn based battles.

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