Custom PCB to easily replace your GBA SP's proprietary charging port with a universal USB-C portDesigned by rorosaurus in United States of America
This product was featured on the Tindie Blog! The truly universal USB-C dream is finally realized for your Game Boy Advance SP! (Also compatible with the original Nintendo DS!) Charge your Game Boy...Read More…
This product was featured on the Tindie Blog!
(Also compatible with the original Nintendo DS!)
Charge your Game Boy Advance SP with USB-C, using any USB-C cable and charger! If it fits, it'll charge! Finally you can stop carrying around that extra proprietary cable!
My design is based off this existing PCB that only works with
USB-A -> USB-C cables. In my opinion, if you're gonna future-proof your Game Boy, you shouldn't remain reliant on Type-A!
My PCB works with
USB-C <-> USB-C cables as well, so you can use ANY USB-C cable/charger to charge it! I've also verified it works with
USB-A -> USB-C cables, Quick Charge, and USB-PD! That means if your charger or USB battery pack offers 5V/9V/12V/etc., it will recognize the Game Boy can only accept 5V and charge accordingly.
Unassembled (PARTS ONLY): You recieve all the necessary parts: PCB, Type-C female connector, and two 5.1K SMD 0402 resistors. You will assemble it yourself using a steady, experienced hand and fine tip soldering iron. The resistors are VERY tiny (SMD 0402) so keep a close eye on them! I recommend using fine tweezers to position them easily.
Assembled: I will assemble the components for you before shipping. You only have to desolder the exisiting charging port, then solder 3 points to attach to your Game Boy!
3D printed bezel: I will include a small 3D printed part to fill in the gap in the case created by the smaller USB-C port. It will friciton-fit snugly, or you can use glue/epoxy to keep it in place. Some post-processing (sanding) might be necessary for the cleanest look. Alternatively, you can 3D print the part yourself, or skip this optional cosmetic mod.
I have tested this design on my AGS-001. Based on the AGS-101 pictures I've seen online, and talking with AGS-101 owners, I expect this to work for AGS-101 with zero issues.
This design is compatible with 3.5mm headphone jack mods! That means my PCB will not block the other pins you need from the default charging port pads on the Game Boy's motherboard.
This design is also tested and confirmed working on the original (fat) Nintendo DS, NTR-001. Now your Phat GBA Macro can use USB-C as well! I'm working on a modified design I think will work for the DS Lite, so stay tuned!
Modify your console at your own risk! This product is provided "as is", with no warranty - express or implied. That said, if you have any issues or questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
I test every board before shipping, but you should be certain it still works before you install it! Plug it in to a
Type-C <-> Type-C cable and USB-C power source. Do not perform this test with a
Type-A -> Type-C cable - that cable won't verify the board works for full USB-C! Use a multimeter to measure the voltage across any of the grounded holes and the +5V half-circle in the back. Ensure it reads ~5V. Flip your USB-C cable the other way around and verify it still reads 5V! Alternatively, if you have a USB-C multimeter like this you can simply plug into that and read the display.
I highly recommend you watch makho's video of installing a similar version of this PCB! This is an awesome overview that will be very helpful to reference. The below instructions simply outline what he does in the video.
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