One of the main complaints consumers have had about the 3DS is its disappointing battery life – luckily, Nyko was waiting in the background with an oft-unnoticed solution, the PowerPak+. The PowerPak+ is a battery pack for the 3DS that charges using the 3DS’s charging cable, and claims to double the handheld’s life.
This accessory was released in stores in April, but was not widely received; much of the modicum of attention it did garner was negativity toward the fact that one must unscrew and remove the 3DS’s backplate in order to install it. Consumers balked at the idea of opening up their console; the general consensus was that they feared this would void the warranty or brick the console.
Ever the engineer, I took up this mantle with tentative excitement. I eagerly unscrewed the colorful back of my 3DS, pausing for just a moment to ponder the possible ramifications – though any fleeting worries quickly escaped as my curiosity took hold. After all, it wouldn’t be the first warranty I’ve voided, and it certainly won’t be the last.