3DS: How To Conserve Battery Life
Use these tips to keep your 3DS charged at all times.
Many handheld video game systems, past and present, are notorious for consuming batteries. Atari's Lynx and Sega's Game Gear croaked after six hours of play, despite taking six AAs each, while Sony's PSP has had a history of constant recharges.
For the most part, Nintendo has been able to dodge this flaw with a collection of portables that squeeze every last bit of juice from batteries, and it's common to go days and perhaps even weeks of sporadic play without plugging in AC adapters.
Not so with 3DS. Nintendo's latest system only lasts three to five hours with its glasses free 3D turned up to the max, leading many fans to cry foul.
That said, here are a handful of things you can do to avoid staring at a blank screen.
Turn 3D off, or use it sparingly
Want to get the most out of that charge? Simply turn the 3D slider all the way down, or use the 3D occasionally.
Charge the 3DS when not in use
There's no need to leave your 3DS in your backpack or sitting on a coffee table at home. When you're done, put the system onto its charging cradle. Barring some unforeseen calamity, the battery will be at 100 percent each and every time.
Carry the AC adapter with the 3DS
We've come a long way from the power bricks that came with Game Gear and Turbo Express. The 3DS AC adapter is light and easy to carry when you're on the go. Besides, with outlets everywhere (even on most planes), you'll be able to charge the system at some point.
Turn off the Wi-Fi
While enjoying single player modes, kill the system's Wi-Fi to conserve power.
Adjust system brightness
You don't need to view the 3DS screen full blast. Take it down a notch to add some precious hours to the battery.
Activate Power-saving mode
By turning this on, your 3DS will automatically adjust screen brightness and color gradation to match displayed images. You can find this option by tapping the sun icon, located at the top left corner of the 3DS Home screen.