Battery Powered Gameboy Light: Another Project With SUGRU




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Introduction: Battery Powered Gameboy Light: Another Project With SUGRU

We love them, we game with them, and they stand as one of the greatest mobile consoles off all time. But you still can't play them in the dark. In this project I fix one of the Gameboy colour's  most annoying flaws without the use of the unreliable, damaging and invasive frontlight mod and with the help of our favorite gelatinous silicone based putty, SUGRU.

Step 1: Prototyping

To begin this project I needed to get a feel about the height, angle and intensity of light I would be using to light the Gameboy. i gathered all the components i would need to construct a basic On/Off circuit with an LED light source.

-soldering iron
-set of crocodile grippers

-3v cell battery 
-3 lengths of wire
-high lumen LED

Step 2: Circuit Assembly

I began by stripping the coating off the ends of the wires. i took the red wire that was in two lengths and soldered them accordingly to the switch. One end of the red wire was then soldered to and arm of the LED followed by the black wire. Both remaining ends of the black and red wire were soldered to the 3v cell and secured with electrical tape.

Step 3: Grip Prototyping

The grip that would hold the light in place needed to hold securely without damaging the screen cover, Which is why I chose SUGRU.
The light was first given a spine made out of brass modeling wire to give it strength. I covered the gameboy in cling film, to prevent the SUGRU from adhering, before I used red SUGRU to form the grip. I made sure to press it in firmly to capture the contours of the Gameboy. Once the grip was shaped I set the Gameboy aside and allowed the SUGRU to set.

Step 4: Finished Grip Prototype

Once set I was able to get hands on with the prototype and test its effectiveness at illuminating the Gameboy screen 

Step 5: Final Build

I was happy with the results of the prototype and so decided to move onwards with the final build. I gathered the equipment I would need to make a more complete version of my prototype.

-soldering iron
-set of crocodile grippers

-3v cell battery
-3 lengths of wire
-high lumen LED
-cell holder
-shrink tubing
-brass wire

First of all I started by soldering both the red and the black wires to the cell holder. I cut two small pieces of shrink tubing and placed these over the wires and fixed them with a lighter.

Step 6: Final Build Part 2

I cut a section out of the red wire in order to make room for the switch which I promptly soldered in. Do not forget to put a section of heat shrink tubing on the red wire before attaching the switch as you will not be able to get it on once it is solders in place.
Before I moved onto soldering the LED in place I used a small section of heat shrink tubing to bind the black and white wires together at the switch. The LED was soldered in place and again protected by 2 pieces of heat shrink tubing.

Step 7: Final Build: Grip

I began preparations for the grip as before by covering the Gameboy in cling film. I once again gave the light a brass modelling wire spine in order to strengthen it. I used yellow SUGRU to match the colour scheme of the Gameboy. The first packet was used to coat the spine and the the cell holder. I made sure to use plenty of SUGRU  at the bend in the spine and around the cell holder and LED connections and also to form a support for the switch. The second pack of SUGRU was used to form the grip. once again I made sure that the SUGRU was firmly moulded around the Gameboyand the cartridge. Once I was happy with the shape I had achieved I set the Gameboy aside and allowed the sugru to set.


Once the SUGRU had set I trimmed up the grip around the battery and front and cleansed up the switched, after that I had a finished, functioning, high lumenGameboy Colour light that has minimal glare and allows you to play it in the dark with ease!



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