Like Nyko, Hyperkin is stepping up to aid 3DS owners who are tired of charging their handheld every night because the battery is already drained. It is now working on the 3DS Powerplus. Yup – it’s another battery. Trust me, as a 3DS owners this is something to be excited about.
If you have the Powerplus replace what your 3DS comes with, you get a 1800mAH battery instead of a 1300mAH one. That means the battery life of your system will be at least doubled after you install it and power it up. The Powerplus does end up adding a little extra girth to your system, but it also has a grip on the back to make it easier to hold the system and a built-in LED indicator so you’ll know when you need to get near an outlet.
Don’t go shopping for the 3DS Powerplus just yet. It won’t be out until later this summer. It’ll be $19.99 when it’s available, the same price as Nyko’s Power Pak+.
Personally, I’m not so sure about Hyperkin’s Powerplus battery. Yes, it seems like it’s the same size as the Nyko Power Pak+ that I have on my 3DS right now and sounds like it offers the same battery life, but I don’t like how the Powerplus has clips that seem to hang over the edge of the 3DS and how the back of the battery seems to taper downward in one spot, but just out in the other. I’m sure this image right now is just a preliminary model. Plus, when it comes to something that attaches to your handheld you sometimes have to see it in person to really determine if it will work for you.
Just remember to reset the time and date, once you install a better battery on your 3DS! I forgot all about that when I put the Power Pak+ in mine and the next thing I knew, the 3DS said it was January 1!