Love the kit, it is a bit fidly to build, expecially if you need reading glasses (magnifier and light is a must) managed to build it.
Suggested changes: USB-C port instead of mini usb. The building manual is a bit minimal, could use a bit more pictures (i had to puzzle with the two chips) And maybe a cover for the micro usb port on the pi zero.
This kit is easy to build if you have some SMD soldering experience because you need to solder a lot of small components yourself. But don't get me wrong, this kit can be assembled with some care. Took 1~2 hours to build and it worked flawlessly. The best part is that you can use 2000mAh battery and it will increase run time. Cheers
This is a cool little project, and it works nicely. If you have SMD soldering experience this will be a breeze. I soldered all components by hand and it worked well. Only issue I had was that the TP4056 chip was bad. The battery would not charge, with the help of the creator we were able to determine that was the issue. I harvested another TP4056 chip from a battery charging board I had on hand, soldered it on, and it now works totally fine.
Few things that I did not like as much. Mini USB, i would have preferred mico USB or USB-c. Audio, USB audio or i2s would have been preferred, but the PWM audio is fine. Just not as clear as some of the options listed.
Regardless, great kit, happy with purchase. Check this imgur link to see my build.
This is my first purchase at tindie. I actually quite awkward to purchase on indie store but this seller provide a wonderful kit with nice shipping. While it build this Kit i realize that the document is useful! I feel really fun with this thing :D But i still have a few problems in the Retropie image 1. The Retropie image quite out of date. I hope seller will upgrade to 4.4 soon. 2. WiFi cannot connect I don't know how this happen but I think i cause by forge the ip address to manual to fix just change it to auto. 3. The sound quality has hiss to fix add these lines in config.txt disable_audio_dither=1 force_pwm_open=0
Anyway it is a good Kit and very fun to build. Thank you for your hard work.
I really enjoyed building this, works exactly as expected and documentation (English) was well written and easy to follow.
I decided to hand solder (rather than reflow) the SMD components making it a little more challenging (and fun), one thing to note the picicle will do nothing if there's no battery attached (so don't panic if you test whilst finding a battery and it "clicks").
Like an idiot I UV glued a piece back to front, so will have to get a new case cut or 3D print one (guys can I get the cutting files?)
All in all, a very nicely designed kit, the soldering skills required mean this is not suited to the absolute beginner, but it's good afternoon project with a neat little handheld console to play with once you're finished.
Full review on my blog: http://blog.tynemouthsoftware.co.uk/2019/05/picicle-build-handheld-retropie-console.html