Introduction: Solar Gameboy Advance
Give your Gameboy Advance a little solar power.
Step 1: Get Supplies
You will need:
1 Gameboy Advance (the original one not the SP or Micro)
1 Solar Panel (from garden lights)
1 Switch (optional yet recomended)
1 Diode (definatly NOT optional)
1 Voltage Regulator (only optional if your solar panel can't give out more than 6 volts)
A little bit of spare wire
Step 2: Put the Small Parts Together
Attach them in a series going:
Switch -> Diode (make sure electricty flows from the switch to the regulator) -> Voltage Regulator
Step 3: Attach the New Series to Positive Terminals
Connect the end with the switch to the solar panel.
Next, connect the end with the voltage regulator to the Gameboy.
Make sure both are on positive terminals
Solder works best!
Step 4: Connect Grounds
Connect both the negitive terminal and the top of the voltage regulator to any ground on the device. You can use the negative terminal on the Gameboy for the best ground
Step 5: Insert Batteries
Get Ni-Cd (Nickle-Cadium) batteries. These are the only ones that will work in this circuit. You can just put them in the old Gameboy battery compartment.
Step 6: Let Your Gameboy Charge in the Sun
Flip the switch and set it in the window to let it charge. Most solar lights won't give you enough power to let the Gameboy work without batteries so it's best to let the solar panel just charge the batteries.
Congrats, your all done (and I just finished my first instructable). Go and celebrate.