Game Boy Advance SP: USB-C Kit (Centered)

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Description

This second design of the Game Boy Advance SP board has the same features as the previous one but adding a double PCB thickness than the first version. That makes the USB centred in the GBA SP hole and also compatible with the Game Boy Advance SP Unhinged shell.

You can charge the battery of your GBA SP by USB-C and also connect USB-C headphones or normal ones with an adapter. But remember, the board is just a connector adapter, so you can only use anagogic headphones/adapters, they can not include an internal DAC.

This board it’s extremely small and you will need to solder 6 small pads. So, it can be a bit difficult.

FEATURES

  • New castellated holes (pads): It has never been so easy to solder it. (check the video below)
  • New redesigned plastic cap made by resin 3D printer. It fit the hole like a glove with original GBA SP case. (1)
  • Charging your Game Boy Advance SP by USB-C, compatible with:
      • USB power banks
      • USB-A chargers
      • USB-C chargers (2)
      • USB-C PD chargers (normal speed, not fast) (2)
      • USB-A to USB-C cables
      • USB-C to USB-C cables (2)
  • Playing the sound using a USB-C headphones or USB-C adapter to Jack 3.5mm.

(1) The plastic cap is made for the original GBA SP shell. It may be compatible with other shells, but it will depends on how similar they are to the original.

(2) This feature has been recently added but has a limitation. Before USB-C to USB-C cables were not compatible and they didn’t charge the GBA SP. They can be used now, but they work only connected in one side. It means when you connect the USB-C cable face up will charge correctly the battery and the orange led will turn on, but when you connect face down will not do anything.
(Supporting double side connecting disable the audio of the speaker. So, this is the best option to keep the audio works and makes the USB-C to USB-C cables/chargers compatible. You can see a video in the “Additional content (videos)” tab.)

INCLUDED

  • 1 board (2.4 mm thickness)
  • 1 plastic cap to cover the hole

REQUIRED (NOT INCLUDED)

NOTES

Due to the difference between different monitors, the picture may not reflect the actual color of the plastic cap.

The USB-C earphone or USB-C adapter to Jack 3.5mm must be without any DAC inside, just analog device, otherwise it won’t work. For example these ones work perfect:

DOCUMENTATION

Additional information

Weight 0,0014 kg
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 1 cm
Circuit color

Blue

Circuit version

v1.5

Plastic color

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Additional content (videos)

Soldering the board

You can see in this video how to solder the board.

Compatibility test

This another video shows the compatibility with different chargers

Test sound

I recorded two GBA SP, one with the original connector and adapter, and the another one with USB-C connector and USB-C adapter. Both sound layer are similar:

If you wish, you can download the mp3 and compare them yourself with a specialized software.

Compatibility

This board is compatible with:

  • Game Boy Advance SP (AGS-001)
  • Game Boy Advance SP Backlight (AGS-101)
  • Nintendo DS (NTR-001)

Some third party modules which people have tried and work well together this kit:

  • Game Boy Advance SP Unhinged

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a USB-C to USB-C charger?

Yes, you can use it but the video console will charge only with the connector face up. (read the description for more details)

Changelog

  • 2022-12: v1.5

    • PCB thickness of 2.4 to center the USB in the hole.
    • New castellated holes (pads) to make easier to solder the board.
    • New redesigned plastic cap made by resin 3D printer.
    • USB-C to USB-C cables/chargers support.

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