Topic: Is it bad for your 3DS charging cradle to be plugged up without a 3DS in it?

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I have heard rumours that you're not supposed to leave any type of charger plugged up without the device connected to it. Is this true for the 3DS charger?

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This is true because an AC adapter will draw a bit of power even if the device is not present, therefore this a small power waste. There should be no safety hazard though.



Ah thanks. My dad had me convinced that it shorted out the charger. I was worried about doing that.

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I leave mine plugged into a power bar with surge protection. I'm too lazy to unplug it, and flipping the switch on the power bar would be easier anyway.


You could leave the charging cradle in all the time. It would waste a very tiny amount of power plugged in but not actually charging the system, but it would not damage the cradle/adapter in any way.

I believe it's best for batteries that you let them die completely before recharging them - but if the battery's similar to the DS it's pretty easy to get a new one and replace it if you have too, and you'll get at least a couple good years out of it no matter what before you start getting noticeably less out of a charge.

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As (most) everyone else has already said, leaving the adapter plugged into the cradle won't hurt the adapter or cradle. You're good to go, Snipes :3

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