I thought I would share a couple of small improvements I’ve made to my Gameshell
External reset button
I described the process for this in a reply to a relevant thread but it’s quite a simple mod. A small amount of case modding needed but it doesn’t mess with the case too much!
Easier to access microSD slot
This is one of my biggest complaints about the Gameshell – the fact that you have to basically fully disassemble everything to get to the microSD card. I bought a small flat ribbon cable microSD extender to move the microSD to a more accessible location.
update: I’ve mounted the microSD externally now, using the same adapter and some nifty folds…
Well that’s about it for now.
What everybody else has been doing to theirs…
Update for 2021
I’ve been playing with my Gameshell a bit lately (in anticipation of the DevTerm shipping!) and found the Gameshell’s 1200mAh battery to be insufficient… so I upgraded the battery!
Big Fat Battery mod
I had a 4000mAh 3.7v LiPo kicking around in my parts bin – I’m not sure what this came from, but the dimensions are:
- Width: 65mm
- Height: 55mm
- Thickness: 9mm
That’s pretty close to the size of the entire battery module that comes in the Gameshell.
To install it, I had to jam it in to the case, shim it to the right thickness with some pieces of cardboard, and then hook up the 5v/GND wires from the battery to the Gameshell battery cable. I couldn’t find the polarity of this documented anywhere, so I had to determine this (and mark the white cable for future reference) based on looking at the JST connector on the battery module.