The Radiation Boy (Gameboy Classic Afterlife)

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I recently came up with a broken gameboy classic, so i wanted to use the case for something useful. My first idea was to put in a tiny television (aka  LG's HB 620 T) But due to the bad software used in it, i decided to cancel this. Another try with a slightly bigger portable television didn't leave me happy, as i would have had to change the display window of the gameboy too much, which would have led to losing it's original face.

So I left the case in the closet for some weeks until I stumbled upon an old russian geiger counter I bought some 15 years ago on a flea market.

At that time I totally messed up the original case and never was happy with it (obviously!)

my costs for this project were:
 40 $ for the geigercounter (long ago, so somehow not addable )
 15 $ for the half bricked gameboy
 4 $ for the rechargeable batteries
 5 $ for both relays
 4 rainy weekends sitting in my workshop :)

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Step 1:

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First I took apart the geiger counter and measured its PCB if it would fit in any way into the new case.

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Surprisingly it fitted like a charm after cutting out the bottom of the battery compartment with my electric scrollsaw.

Step 4:

I tried to use the original gameboy speaker, but it wasn't loud enough, so I went for the geiger counter's piezo - that indeed did have nearly the same diameter.
ChrissTheChiller (author) 1 year ago
I very much appreciate all your nice comments so far! :)

if you like, you can also vote for this instructable in the "fix and improve contest"
- you can use the "VOTE" button on the top right of this page...

thanks a lot,

chriss d:)
joh541 year ago
wow that is a new way to recycle two old things to make one cool new thing good job
Shonenrek1 year ago
I was going to say that this reminded me of Alex Rider's geiger counter hidden inside a Gameboy Advanced SP from Skeleton Key, but then I found that you hadn't heard of Alex Rider when you made this.
albyxD1 year ago
Remove the lead shielding that surrounds the geiger tube, it will become more sensitive ( the lead stop beta particles )
g dude1 year ago
did u get this idea from anthony horowitz's alex rider series
ChrissTheChiller (author)  g dude1 year ago
no, never heard of it until now - but some googling revealed some interesting details about alex rider... might be some of my next books ;)

the idea originated from the need of finding something that somehow fitted in the gameboy case - and was low budget :)
ok well in book 2 or 3 he has the same principal and both a geiger counter and a bug detector for when he is staying as a "guest" in cuba
Badabing1 year ago
After Fukushima, I think everyone should have one of these "Radboys".

How much?
ChrissTheChiller (author)  Badabing1 year ago
thanks - at some point i was thinking the same :)

the guys at safecast developed some devices that might really be useful - though not so much fun ;)

you can check them out here

I added a list of my costs to the instructable...
....highly impressive. this is the first time i've ever seen anything like this. i'll have to locate a geiger counter and see about making one of these for myself. if nothing else then to say i made it lol.

oh btw? you were using a scroll saw, not a jigsaw. i was wondering how you could cut a pcb with a jigsaw w/o shattering it, then i noticed what it really was when you showed it in the pic. you must have used a very fine blade on that.
maybe the diygeigercounter would then be something for you -
reasonable price and some nice display...

thanks for the hint - of course - never trust a online dictionary ;)
i changed it in the text... there are a lot of alternatives for the german word "laubsäge" ;)
mofu1 year ago
smleimberg1 year ago
WANT! That is super cool. Reminds me of a PIP-Boy from Fallout. XD
Wait.. just noticed the youtube vid of Fallout. hah.... yeah.
randofo1 year ago
Nice case transplant.

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