How many AA batteries does your Game Boy Advance eat during an average week of game play? Two, four, eight; well, then you're going to appreciate this environmentally-friendly way of squeezing "free" game play out of the sun.
While it's no secret that surplus solar-powered, rechargeable, portable Solar PAK (#GEGBASP) power packs are readily available from discount electronics parts stores, it is an unfortunate fact that the bulk of them are DOA. Sure the solar panel functions as advertised, but more cases than not, the rechargeable battery pack is toast.
Revitalize that dead Solar PAK with a set of fresh, new NiMH batteries. In just a couple of months of average game play, your "green" GBA will have paid for itself.
Go Green GBA.
Step 1: Salvage the Solar PAK GBA
Time: 1 hour
- Solar PAK #GEGBASP ($6.95; All Electronics Corp. #SPL-08)
- (3) 1.2V 700-900mAh Rechargeable NiMH flat-top "prismatic" (e.g., $4.24; Budget Batteries #5M60)
- electrical tape
- double-sided foam tape
Step 2: Open Sesame--Maybe
Step 3: Out with the Old (Batteries)
Remove the dead battery pack by desoldering the black and red power wires from the negative and positive terminals (respectively). Don't just throw these dead batteries in your household trash. Locate an eco-friendly disposal site for dumping these dead cells. Local RadioShack stores and Lowe's Home Centers occasionally reclaim dead batteries.