Building this Portable Games Console is possibly the most fun I've had using a Raspberry Pi. And it's not just the build that's fun; I've now got a fully functioning games console, so I can play all my favourite old arcade games, on-the-go!
There's a quiet a few other projects out there where people have done similar things and I've used them for help along the way. Projects like the Adafruit Cupcade and Ben Heck's PiMAME, but these often have complicated powering solutions and can be pretty tricky to build.
The power option I've gone for is the PiJuice. It's an integrated battery module specially built for the Raspberry Pi (complete with our revolutionary PiAnywhere technology – the best way to take your Pi off the grid!). It makes the whole project simple and neat and means that I don't need to mess around with charging circuits and power converters.
I started off using the PiJuice when I built the Raspberry Pi Compact Camera, and that's when I realized it's potential to be used in this Portable Games Console.
I'm glad to here of any ideas you have for other great solar or portable projects. Let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to create a tutorial!
For more information on the PiJuice head over to our Kickstarter and you could be the proud owner of a Games Console Maker Kit + PiJuice:
4 x Tactile Switches
Right angle headers (set of at least 25 pins)
1 x Laser Cut Kit
PC or laptop with a linux operating system