You know there are significant power consumption issues with the handheld when I review more than one third-party battery for the Nintendo 3DS. A few weeks back I gave Hyperkinís PowerPlus a go and now itís time to take a look at Nykoís Power Pak+. Is this the power source your portable 3D juice sucker has been thirsting for?
Rather than supplement the weak battery thatís in the 3DS, the Power Pak+ decides to completely remove that battery and replace it with one that doubles the capacity. This requires you to remove the back of the Nintendo 3DS and the wimpy battery found underneath it. While this might sound a bit frightening, removing the four tiny screws with the included tiny screwdriver is incredibly quick and easy. The Power Pak+ completely replaces the back casing of the 3DS, so be sure to store that safely away with your original battery. One more thing youíll want to be sure to do as soon as you have the new battery installed is to reset the time and date of your 3DS. Otherwise, your Activity Log is going to be incorrectly recording dates you played games.
The Power Pak + adds about a quarter inch of nicely contoured matte rubber thickness to the 3DS. Since it changes the form factor of the bottom of the 3DS, you cannot use it in conjunction with Nintendoís charging cradle (or the upcoming analog stick add-on). Instead, you charge the unit with the standard 3DS power cable or you can buy the Nyko Charge Base (including the Power Pak+ for $30) if you canít be bothered with plugging a cable into a hole. From an empty battery, the Power Pak+ takes upwards of at least three hours to fully charge. Thatís a long time to charge, but this thing has a beast of a battery life. It took seven hours of me playing Star Fox 64 3D with the 3D at max and the volume pretty high for this thing to need a second charge. Or in otherwords, this is the frickiní battery that should have come with the 3DS. For $15 the Power Pak + is a great investment for those that wish to use their 3DS without constant fear of it being minutes away from being drained. You know, so you can use it like a portable system.
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Recommended Buy Price: $14.99
Current MSRP: $14.99
Nyko Power Pak+ was provided for review by Nyko. I tested the unit over the course of about two weeks going through three charging cycles in that time.