Just got an used 3DS XL today and already have a question that I hope you can answer.

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I plugged it into the outlet (the charger is not the original one, just in case) and, while I'm using it, the orange charging light keeps blinking intermittently (just like an HDD led on a computer), but it stops flashing as soon as I put it into sleep mode.

The charging icon also keeps alternating between an orange battery, the power cord icon and the customary blue icon (the one that appears while it's not plugged).

Is everything right or is just me being paranoid? I'm also downloading some demos, so I don't know if that counts

EDIT: just made this video describing the problem, maybe it would help https://youtu.be/q19vDjzIoHM


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It shouldn't blink. Try reseating the battery, and if not you'll probably want to replace it (or try a different charger).


What do you mean, "Not the original one" ?If you're using a 3rd party charger instead of one officially licensed by Nintendo, this means two things: 1.your 3DS is at full charge and you're damaging the system a bit. 2. You've voided your warranty if you had any.What is happening is that your 3DS gets to full charge and stops charging, so the light turns off, but then it uses a bit of charge and needs to be charging again, so the light turns back on.If the blinking is bothering you or you want to keep your 3DS in full working order, use the officially licensed chargers; they are programmed better and the light won't rapidly come on and the 3DS will just stay at full charge.

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1 - Don't think it was fully charged, I used it for only 2 hours and it was dead. The icon also showed about 50% battery left when I turned it on

2 - I bought used, no warranties


Honestly, the problem is most likely the charger as opposed to the system itself. Your best bet is to buy an officially licensed Nintendo 3DS charger from a local retailer like GameStop. I recently bought a charger off of Amazon because I needed one that would connect to a USB port so I could charge on the go, but sadly Nintendo doesn't sell such a product. I bought one from a third party. After I had ordered it, I read online reviews and a majority of buyers complained about the flashing charging light. Their problem is described exactly as yours is. I haven't used the product yet, but I'm sure mine would do the same. If you bought it via an online retailer, you should definitely check reviews of your product so you can know for sure. Anyways, charging using the official charger would probably alleviate your problem.