© Nintendo LifeYou can keep your fancy-pants Switch OLED Models, pal– for retro fans, the news that the GBA SP is getting a battery upgrade is perhaps more interesting ( arguably being the operative word here).
While older Nintendo systems like the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance have actually been subject to some really cool unofficial mods over the years– usually focused on conquering intrinsic limitations with the crude screens they shipped with– these updates have often had an unfavorable impact on the power consumption of the devices.
Case in point; we have a modded GBA SP in the office which has a gorgeous IPS panel fitted that offers brightness thats beyond even what the legendary AGS-101 model is capable of, however the stock battery we had set up gave up the ghost after around an hour.
After around 15 years of usage, the battery was most likely prepared for the scrapheap anyway, to be honest, however you understand– mods frequently result in reduced endurance. Even if you dont have a modded console, the promise of additional battery life is clearly tempting– and while there are larger batteries available online, they frequently dont compare with the marketed capacity.
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Thank goodness then for UK company RetroSix, which not just supplies modded consoles but also sells a wide variety of mods and accessories– including a new 900mAh battery for the GBA SP. Weve been putting among these through its rates recently and have left really amazed; we managed to get over 6 hours of usage out of a single charge on our IPS-modded GBA SP, which is far in excess of what we d handled with previous aftermarket batteries acquired from the likes of eBay. If youre running it on a basic GBA SP without a fancy brand-new screen, RetroSix states you can anticipate as much as 10 hours of usage:
This Rechargeable Battery Pack delivers up to 10 hours of non-stop fun on your Game Boy Advance SP system. Strong real 900mAh score and simple to install in your handheld. This is not a normal Chinese replacement with fake mAh rankings, however our extremely own battery from a trustworthy battery factory we get our CleanJuice batteries from.
The RetroSix battery is roughly the exact same size as the original, although we did note that its a tight capture getting it in and out of the GBA SPs battery compartment– however its worth the effort, as it truly does give your ageing portable a new lease of life.
RetroSix is offering the 900mAh batteries for ₤ 10.30. If youre in North America, then you can get them from RetroSixs partner website, Handheld Legend, for $10.99.