Afterburner internal light
Gameboy Advance Afterburner internal backlight is the best
gba light you can get! It works just like a backlight for a cellular
phone lighting the whole surface of the screen evenly - like no
external light can. Plus it also save space because it fits inside
the GBA casing!
You can buy GBA Afterburner as a separate kit - and install
it yourself making your GBA same bright as SP but preserving the more comfortable ergonomic shape of Advance. Lik-Sang has started selling special mod cases for easy installing of afterburner.
Afterburner review : Installation tips (by GBoy)
Got my Afterburner yesterday - installed it and now I'm happy!
Took me ~2 hours to install Afterburner. Nintendo has tried hard
to keep you out of your gameboy! you have to unscrew 6 tri-wing
screws + 3 regular! (thank good I ordered a tri-wing screwdriver
with my Afterburner)
When inside I was worried not to brake something in my precious
gameboy! I bet most people are worried about it! You have to know
that none of the LCD screen parts are NOT permanently attached to
the casing. LCD and The front protective lens are glued with something
like large amounts of POST-IT note glue, so to detach it you just
have to gently start at one corner and from there it will give up..
Before you do anything READ the step-by-step Afterburner installation
booklet that comes with the KIT ! It is near perfect except for
where it explains how to cut the 2 sections of plastic from the
GBA casing. The bigger one you have to cut "through the front
casing". What I think they should have written is:
1. remove the front protective lens (the one with the Gameboy Advance
written on it) That whey you will not damage it when cutting the
casing. Just have to start at one corner and press the lens out.
2.Than you can take any sharp knife, scalpel or plastic-cutting
tool to make place for the afterburner. If you try to do it without
removing the lens it will take you a hell of a lot time plus you
have a big chance of damaging the lens in the process, and than
you will have to get a replacement
Afterburner fits in the space between the LCD and the front Lens,
and you wouldn't have to cut anything if it wasn't for the wiring
at the bottom of the Afterburner :( You don't want to see it so
its hidden in the space behind the black nontransparent part of
the GBA Lens where GAMEBOY Advance logo is.
Soldering is plain and simple just follow the Pictures in the instructions
See in the pictures my solution for a perfect ON/OFF switch for
your GBA internal light!
My solution for a perfect ON / OFF switch.
Patents pending ;)
I used a JUMPER from an old 486 mother board! I tried to find a
perfect ON / OFF switch that would not interfere with any other
GBA add-ons. The best place I found for it is on the back of the
gameboy between the two batteries! [see it in the picture] . There
is a peace of plastic that separates the batteries so i placed the
switch next to it. Jumper is the smallest and most simple switch
you can find! To turn it on you have to place the cup so that it
connects the two pins / to turn OF just remove it and place it on
one of the pins so you don't loose it! Simple and perfect ;)
- you have to make two small holes.
(drill or poke it with a hot wire)
- put the jumper in and bend it on the other end so you accidentally
don't pull it out.
- little super glue will melt the plastic of your GBA and the jumper
- on the inside wire it so that the jumper is in the middle of the
black wire (GND)
To turn the Afterburner on or off you have to take out one of the
batteries, but it is a small price to pay. With installation like
this if you have the light turned off no one will even notice you
have modified your Game boy!
This is just to show you that Afterburner works turned on in a dark
When you see it in the dark only once it makes it all clear - you
need it ;)
So my conclusion is - Afterburner rocks! Nothing can beat it in
the dark.. BUT installation is not easy and if you have never done
anything like this don't. Find someone who you trust and who can
install the back light for you.
Afterburner Installation manual
GBA Afterburner Kit
Gameboy with Pre-Installed GBA Afterburner Kit inside!
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