After viewing this Instructable, I decided to make an Instructable to LED Mod a GBA. With this mod, you can make your GBA case light up, while giving it nice lighting effects.

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this project, you will need:

Resistors that match your LEDs
Small Switch
Any transparent, colored Gameboy Advance
Small Wire
Tri-Wing Screwdriver OR small flathead screwdriver
Soldering Iron
Fine Sandpaper (400 - 500 grit)
Two LEDs (any color) (preferably low voltage)
Dremel/Rotary tool
Hot glue gun
Hot glue
Heat shrink tubing

Optional materials:

Helping hands
Xacto knife
&nbsp;lol so i thought i burned out my GBA doing this. &nbsp;I originally tried doing this but soldering the LEDs to the GBA power switch. &nbsp;I killed the switch. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Later, I tried shorting across the switch. &nbsp;GBA still works. &nbsp;Just have to take one of the batteries out. &nbsp;Not like that's a huge hassle, the battery doors ALWAYS break, right? &nbsp;<br /> <br /> So I wired up 6 green LEDs. &nbsp;Wired up one backwards, but its not like that REALLY matters much lol its WAAAAY bright. &nbsp;Now I can't really see the screen so well. &nbsp;I didn't bother diffusing them either... I can always do that later.<br /> <br /> I have 4 across the bottom (actually 3+1 that's soldered in backwards) then one to the right of the speaker, and one under the start+select text. &nbsp;Its freaking bright.<br /> <br />
&nbsp;That looks great! Thanks for posting the picture!
Can I go without removing the extra plastic? What about the switch?
is this just to make the case look cool or does it crate a back light as well?<br>
Good idea, and well-written. One thing, though. Since you've had the thing apart, would it be possible to use the LED's (and maybe a piece of acrylic) as a backlight?
Thanks for the comment.<br/> <br/> Yes, it would be possible to use some LEDs and a piece of acrylic as a backlight, but it would be a <em>very</em> tight fit. If you are planning on making a backlight, I would recommend using some low voltage LEDs, as the Gameboy uses a considerable amount of power for use. You should also look for thin acrylic, and place it in front of the LCD screen. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-LCD-backlight/?ALLSTEPS">Here</a> is a link to an Instructable that shows you how to backlight an LCD.<br/>
I am currently in the process of backlighting my GBA. I just need to source some materials. The hardest part is pulling the metal back off of the LCD without breaking it. The way I am doing it, I won't need the metal bit, so i bent up a corner and used a guitar pick to break the mounting tape. Then i bent it up a little further and continued the process. <br><br>http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6813<br>This link shows you detailed pictures of where you can find a 5V power source on the PCB.<br><br>Good luck.
Thanks kryp. I'll check that out!
Well, I gave it a try. It didn't work so well.<br>http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&amp;t=41129&amp;p=437777#p437777<br>there are some pictures of the final product.<br>I have pictures of the inside too, I didn't take enough to go step-by step, but if you want to see some, I will upload them.
yeah i like it but whats the point of it? is it to illuminate the screen in the dark (cos from the pics it dosnt do it) or just as a decoration? if it is decoration then its really cool! also is there a way to frontlight the gba internally with led's without buying an expensive kit?
Yes, this was meant to be more of a decorative item, rather than to light up the screen. I do remember seeing a forum, where people were talking about how to illuminate the GBA's screen. If I remember the link, I'll post it.
Basically they took a frontlight thats similar to the one in the first generation of the GBA SP. People also do it to GBCs, ive been thinking of it myself.
I will try this later! :]
Nice. If you have time, post pictures of it when you're finished. Good Luck!
Sure I will! :D
Cool! My Instructable inspired someone to make their own! :D
Another idea. Use bi-color LEDs and wire them to the power indicator. That way, when the battery goes low, the whole game boy could turn red, much like the XBox 360 in panic mode.
Thanks for the idea. I plan on making an Instructable in the near future on how to do that. (I will also give you credit for the idea.)

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