Nintendo USB-C Charging Kit

This project started when I wanted to make my own electronic board for using a li-ion battery instead of AA batteries and charging it by USB-C in my Game Boy Color.

However, many people were extremely interested in it and I finally decided to make more boards for GBC and also for other Nintendo video games. You can see here which boards I made.


Game Boy Color (CGB-001)

The Game Boy Color USB-C Charging Kit is a circuit that allows you to charge a Nintendo Game Boy Color by USB-C and use a Li-ion battery instead of AA batteries.

This circuit includes the famous TP4056 and DW01A. The first one is the device in charge of charging the battery, and the second one is protecting the lifetime of the battery of the over-discharge.

This kit includes two boards. If you want to install it easy, it’s enough with the main board which doesn’t need any cable for working. However, if you want to have the status LEDs in the same place as the original status LED, then you will need to solder the second board and joint both with 3 cables. You can choose the best option for you.

This kit includes:

  • 1 board which includes the charging and light board.
  • 1 Battery cable.
  • 1 Cable of 3 wires for connecting the light board.
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FAQ

Can I play and charge the battery at the same time?
The electronic board doesn’t have any circuit to support it, however, you can do it. I have tested it with my GBC and works well (maybe if you battery is less than 5% of charge your GBC can not turn on, wait a minute and try again)

Changelog
  • 2020-09: v1.0:
    • Initial version, it has never made.
  • 2021-02: v1.2:
    • First version of the board.
  • 2021-03: v1.3:
    • Added frame for panelize the circuit.
    • Added lights in the main board.
  • 2021-04: v1.4:
    • Removed voltage jumper selector for charging battery. (It will charge at 1A)
  • 2021-05: v1.5:
    • Simplified how to separate the boards from the frame.
    • Added GBC logo.

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Game Boy Pocket (MGB-001)
Game Boy Light (MGB-101)

This Game Boy Pocket USB-C Charging Kit is the same as the Game Boy Color board but customized for Game Boy Pocket.

Because the Nintendo main board has less space, it has required a special board which include 3 boards:

  • Main board: Include the electronic components for charging and controller the battery over-discharge.
  • USB board: It is just the USB.
  • LED board: include 3 lights which are: White when GBP is power on, red when is charging and green when it has finished to charge. This board has been modified to support the GBP without status LED, you can get this functionality and replace your GBP case for another with LED hole.

This kit includes:

  • 1 board which includes the charging, USB-C, and light board.
  • 1 Battery cable.
  • 1 Cable of 3 wires for connecting the light board.
  • 2 Small cables to connect the power on LED if your model doesn’t have a red LED.

 

PS: This board should be usable in the Game Boy Light as well, because both boards have almost the same size, but I haven’t try it so I can’t guarantee you can use it in this model.

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FAQ

Can I play and charge the battery at the same time?
The electronic board doesn’t have any circuit to support it, however, you can do it. I have tested it with my GBP and works well (maybe if you battery is less than 5% of charge your GBP can not turn on, wait a minute and try again)

Can I use this board in a Game Boy Pocket without LED
Yes, the light board include two pads on the top side where you can solder two extra cables to join it to some place on the GBP board. However, I don’t know yet where it’s the best place for soldering it and if it will require a resistance. (or change the resistence that includes the light board for another one)

Changelog
  • 2021-04: v1.0:
    • Initial version.
  • 2021-05: v1.1:
    • Increased the size of the USB PCB, so that the USB connector sticks out a bit more.
    • Simplified how to separate the boards from the frame.
    • Added GBP logo.

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

Because the Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP video console include a li-ion battery, this board just has the USB-C connector and two resistors.

Unlike the GBC and GBP, this board allow you charge the battery and take out the audio with a USB-C earphone (or use them with a USB-C to jack audio adapter)!

However, this board it’s extremely small and you will need to solder 6 small pads. So, it can be a bit difficult. I will try to make a video explaining how to do easier.

This kit includes:

  • 1 board.
  • 1 plastic cap to cover the hole.

 

PS: This boards should be compatible with Nintendo DS as well, because it has the same connector as GBA SP.

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FAQ
Nobody has had any question, but if you have you can ask me and I will add it here.
Changelog
  • 2021-04: v1.0:
    • Initial version.
  • 2021-05: v1.1:
    • Changed the USB-C model.
    • Changed the resistances for a smaller size.
    • Increased the PCB thickness to 1.6mm