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.
- 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.)
- 1 board (2.4 mm thickness)
- 1 plastic cap to cover the hole
REQUIRED (NOT INCLUDED)
- Tri-wing and Phillips screwdriver
- Cutting plier (optional)
- Kapton tape
- Soldering iron
- Desoldering pump
- Desoldering mesh
- Isopropyl alcohol
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: