DIY Portable Mini Monitor

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In this project I will show you how I used a 1280x800 LCD Kit to build a battery powered portable mini monitor which is useful for your DSLR camera, your Raspberry Pi or to extend the viewing field of your computer. Let's get started!

Step 1: Watch the Videos!

The 2 parts of this video should give you all the fundamental information you need to build this right. But I will give you some extra pictures and additional tips to make it even easier.

Step 2: Order Your Parts!

Here you can find all the parts that you need:

Ebay:
1x 1280x800 LCD Kit: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

5x Tactile Push Button: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

1x 5mm Green & Red LED: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

1x Slide Switch: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

1x TP4056 Single Cell Charger: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

1x XL6009 Boost Converter: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

2x 18650 2800mAh Li-Ion Batteries: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

1x Tripod Mount: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...

1x Mini Tripod: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...


Amazon.com:

1x 1280x800 LCD Kit: -

5x Tactile Push Button: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5

1x 5mm Green & Red LED: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5

1x Slide Switch: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5

1x TP4056 Single Cell Charger: -

1x XL6009 Boost Converter: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5

2x 18650 2800mAh Li-Ion Batteries: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5

1x Tripod Mount: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5

1x Mini Tripod: http://amzn.to/1dqjng5


Amazon.de:

1x 1280x800 LCD Kit: -

5x Tactile Push Button: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

1x 5mm Green & Red LED: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

1x Slide Switch: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

1x TP4056 Single Cell Charger: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

1x XL6009 Boost Converter: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

2x 18650 2800mAh Li-Ion Batteries: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

1x Tripod Mount: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z

1x Mini Tripod: http://amzn.to/1SUCw9Z


Amazon.co.uk:

1x 1280x800 LCD Kit: -

5x Tactile Push Button: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

1x 5mm Green & Red LED: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

1x Slide Switch: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

1x TP4056 Single Cell Charger: -

1x XL6009 Boost Converter: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

2x 18650 2800mAh Li-Ion Batteries: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

1x Tripod Mount: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

1x Mini Tripod: http://amzn.to/1NnDnwI

Step 3: Build the Case!

Here you can find all the measurements for the MDF parts that I created to build the case.

Step 4: Get the Wiring Done!

Just copy my wiring that I created inside the case. This way everything should work fine.

Step 5: Success!

You did it. You just created your own portable mini monitor!
Feel free to check out my Youtube channel for more awesome projects:

http://www.youtube.com/user/greatscottlab

You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for news about upcoming projects and behind the scenes information:

https://twitter.com/GreatScottLab

https://www.facebook.com/greatscottlab

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FelipeP49

12 months ago

nvm, now it works :)

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FelipeP49

12 months ago

The converter xl6009 is not working for me, barely reaches 0.270 volts on my multimeter, without that, the screen works but it turns off every time.

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DanielD4

3 years ago

Or this for about the same price.

http://www.wayengineer.com/102-inch-lcd-tv-with-battery-vga-and-hdmi-interface-p-818.html#.VifeH36rRhE

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JamesF69DanielD4

Reply 3 years ago

I think you kind of missed the point, which is to build something cool, and learn something in the process.

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DanielD4JamesF69

Reply 3 years ago

You and I obviously have very different perspectives on DIY. I'll only do something myself if A) it serves a purpose for me and B) it saves me money over having someone else do it. For me, DIY is always a necessary evil rather than a source of enjoyment.

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jamesfieldDanielD4

Reply 3 years ago

You must value your own time at a very low rate for anything DIY to be cost effective.

Your "perspective" doesn't change the creators goal to educate, and your links to store bought equivalents are out of place in this community of makers.

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DanielD4jamesfield

Reply 3 years ago

No disrespect intended...if people like you get enjoyment out of doing things like this, then more power to you. The world needs people like you.

As for me, I'm far more interested in the end result. In this case, my calculus would be something like, "Given a budget of $100, do I have a portable monitor? What was the level of effort I put into that? Hopefully, as little effort as humanly possible. I'll put in more effort only if necessary."

Lots of people visit sites like this for various different reasons. Some of us are cash-crunched and see DIY as a way to get the things we want or need when we might not otherwise be able to fit them into our budgets. My leisure time may be in short supply, but my money is in even shorter supply.

This was simply not one of those cases where DIY reduced the cash outlay. And I'd rather have a bigger screen than a smaller one as long as it's portable.

Make sense?

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CoryE10DanielD4

Reply 2 years ago

A budget of "$100" with a variable, "the level of effort I put in" is not calculus.. That is reasoning. Maybe there's literacy and numeracy instructables on here. Or maybe you can just buy them.

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WhyDanielD4

Reply 2 years ago

Agree; I think it's good to know what alternatives are out there. I must confess that there are literally a plethora of electronic based projects I would love to do here but: a) I don't have the necessary skills; b) I don't have time to acquire them, then implement. So anytime someone has a good idea and there are real alternatives available, I appreciate the info. If there aren't any, I usually must simply forgo trying the project :( In any case, the options are there and no one says you can't proceed with the project despite something else being around.

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Lee WilkersonDanielD4

Reply 2 years ago

DIYers do things for the joy of building and the educational perspective. What price do you attach to your
education? Just go directly to Amazon or someplace if you aren't
interested in building anything and leave DIY to DIYers.

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BruceD15DanielD4

Reply 3 years ago

i am seeking a native resolution 1080 16" or smaller screen with hdmi input, Have you seen one in your travels?

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mapski99

1 year ago

How long does it last on those batteries?

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Edtastic

1 year ago

hello, I ordered the parts and am currently trying to make this, but I am very new to electronics in general. I want to know what is the metal that connects the batteries together? and how would I connect them together if I received two separate batteries?

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EdtasticEdtastic

Reply 1 year ago

update: I made it!!! I totally made a portable monitor with zero electronics knowledge all thanks to this greatscott guy. you're the best dude!

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wzdl

2 years ago

hi, my arduino says programmer not respondding. It is not a COM port problem or board choice problem, serial port seems to be good as every time I change the speed of serial port, the on board LED falshes.

Could anybody help please.......

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DLUCHOVICH

2 years ago

AMAZING!!! idk if i can tackle this though!

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joa.zsp

2 years ago

Any chance to build it from an LED screen harvested from old laptop ? It might lower the price of the project right ?! Not sure how to wire it though !!