nintendo ds usb power cable

nintento ds homebrew usb power cable

here’s a quickie for nintendo ds fans.  you can easily make a usb power cable so you can charge your gameboy from your latop’s usb port instead of using the big wall wart.


  1. Bentheo says:

    any hack that worked for the gba power cable will work with the ds, since they are the same

    still, a good project for those who haven’t seen this before.

  2. James says:

    The Nintendo DS has the same power connector as the SP. There are literally dozens of USB/ SP charger cables on the market.

    Nice site tho, keep up the good work!

  3. Timmay says:

    Anyone know how todo this with the OEM Treo 600 USB cable? When you get it, there’s a dongle they want you to plug the wallcharger in and i would rather just use the USB power seeing how that cord cost $25…

  4. Timmay says:

    Anyone know how todo this with the OEM Treo 600 USB cable? When you get it, there’s a dongle they want you to plug the wallcharger in and i would rather just use the USB power seeing how that cord cost $25…

  5. jeremy p says:

    if i had to guess, trace the pinout for the power on your treo cord to the usb pin for 5v. Do what i do and double check everuything i say, i dont need to be responsible for frying someone’s equipment

  6. Curtis says:

    Yea that is a cool mod i might have to try that out on my DS! Nice site tho, keep up the good work! I come here everyday!

    E-mail me at to see how to get an iPod… FREE!!!

  7. skittle5 says:

    boy, u best not have just called the DS a “gameboy” ‘cuz the DS is it’s own thing, it is not part of the gameboy line

  8. Gregly says:

    Since the DS and SP share the same power cable, this is relevant to the topic at hand… on a few occasions, I’ve had an SP (or old GBA) go dead while playing a game on the GameCube. Have you or anybody else ever considered pulling parasite power off of the GC Link Cable to power the GBA or SP? I don’t know if the GC would pump out enough current to handle it, but I know it has +5v and ground connections, so it might be worth a try.

    I’ve done some searching around on the net, but haven’t found anything matching this sort of experiment. For the SP it would be almost identical to your USB power cable, while for the GBA you’d probably have to get a little creative and mount a DC jack somewhere inside it. I’d give it a shot, but am somewhat worried about blowing a regulator out in my GC if the GBA tries to draw too much power!

  9. Crizpiz says:

    send me updates on the DS web-browser and other ds related content.


  10. jabato says:

    Will it work on a gba(not sp) console? I have been using a battery adaptor but i have never tried the power cable on communication port.

  11. aber says:

    for some reason if you need to, you can plug this into a ps2 and charge your good ‘ol nintendo system.

  12. verbatim says:

    I’m just a bit worried…

    Is this project reliable, or will it not work in some way or corrupt the DS? The only extra usb cable I have is a usb cord extension cable, and will that, or any other usb cable in the world, work?

    I’m just a bit worried about either losing my adapter, damaging the DS, or both.

  13. SRElysian says:

    Nothin` to worry about verbatim, I’ve made a few of these for my friends, the one I own I actually baught in a kit made by pelican, it has a car charging adapter as well, but the one you make works just the same provided you don’t screw it up (i don’t think you can screw it up really).

    If you wanna pay 12.99 you can get the same adapter here:

  14. mr. clean says:

    This didn’t work fo me and I did it step by step. I ruined a usb camera connector and GBA power charger. No odds though I have doubles of both. I’m going to try and fix it up whenevr I get around to it.

  15. tobikow says:

    thanks, great hack, im actually in argenrina now, with only 220v outlets, and so this was very helpful(i did not know this before i came). the power has to be limited somewhere though…i mean, does the usb port only pump out so much power, or does the usb cable itself sort of limit it?

  16. mr. clean says:

    I finally felt like fixing it, so I did. it works great, the problem was that whenever I taped it up the ground was touching the +5v. fixed it no problem though and it’s awesome.

  17. ktm says:

    Seems to be working fine with the DS Lite too, so if you are in a “220V country” and want to save the money for a stepdown converter, go ahead.

  18. Tideus says:

    does this trick let you play online? witht he wifi form what i read it does

  19. tobikow says:

    oh, another thing i did was: i had a spare female usb port, whitch i spliced to the wall charger, and then made a usb cable power charger like mentioned above for my ds, so it works for either charging off usb ports, or outlets. also, the wall charger also works well for wall charging other usb devices like ipods and stuff when your away from a computer.

  20. paranoid anonymous guy says:

    i made one of these last night when i was bored, made it EXACTLY like yours, plugged it into my laptop, and the charging LED just blinked on and off then turned off and i dont know why. is it because i use a laptop, or do i have a bad cable?

  21. Jordan says:

    hey! i clicked the link but i cant find the instrustions. I waybackmachined it but i still cant find it. help! AIM- Majiyellow

  22. Jordan says:

    nevermind, me and my brother made one w/o instructions, it was pretty easy actualy. now i just want it to do data. anyone made it work?

  23. BEn says:

    umm what are some things we can download for this USB (links plz)

  24. michael says:

    umm i clicked the read boutton and it dint work :( could some one send me the instructions?
    i have aim also :)

  25. chris says:

    can this be done for the data also? and on a GBA SP?

  26. Kevin says:

    Can someone send me the instructions plz i clicked read and it didnt work:

  27. Kevin says:

    can someone send it to me (the instructions)

  28. Z says:

    Dude that rox, i thought of doing sumthing like that ages ago.

  29. Andy.K says:

    This sounds interesting, but the link didn’t work. Could someon post the instrucions (can this be done for the ds lite?) to

  30. Giorgio says:

    I bought own a USB cable to connect DS to my PC.
    It works as a power cable but I’m not able to “see” what’s inside a game card (.NDS and .SAV files).
    How can I do?
    Do I need a driver?
    THX, Giorgio.

  31. ind3siszive says:

    Dead link will try but hope i dont fry my new ds,

    giorgio this only is to power your ds to transfer data (im guessin you want to copy games) you need to get an R4 Or cycloDS or there are a few other card things.

  32. botboy says:

    Do anyone know of a usb cable that would allow someone to connect to an external usb HDD?

    Maybe for use in conjunction with a homebrew mod.

    Use for video playing(with moonshell) or rom storage for game play?

    I was thinking that since Moonshell allows media playing on the DS and it has some sort of USB like port. I’d like to be able to play Videos and such directly off of my external harddrive instead of having to copy it over to the card.

    Of course, it would be great if Moonshell got compatability to play WMV or AVI files too.

  33. Anon says:

    For future reference, anyone who wants to see how to do this can go to the URL below. It’s an archived version of the page.

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