GBA lighting help

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Squirrel God

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I purchased a fluorescent lamp from Argos for £15 when I bought my GBA and that's just fine and dandy for playing indoors. I can't think of anything better - you may say it's overkill, I say it's the dog's ******** :D

But what I can't seem to find is a decent GBA light that I can use on the Tube and when I'm out and about. :( I think I must have tried them all (magnifiers, worm lights, the Logic 3 Advance Light) and none of them provide anything that I would call "lighting". They either just provide a reflection in the middle of the screen or they just make a pathetic attempt to glow while not improving my vision of the screen.

So - anyone know of anything that ROCKS in the GBA lighting department? Or am I doomed to playing my GBA in bright sunlight and underneath my fluorescent desk lamp? :(

Cheers :)
 
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Taz

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The one and only Afterburner... makes the GBA backlit so you can play in any lighting condition even pitch black!

The mrs just got a new GBA with the kit fitted and it is very very good.

She has a kit on order that she bought to mod her other GBA but I think she is gonna sell the kit when it arrives as she has a new GBA with afterburner fitted so stay tuned!

If not here's the link

GBA light

Taz.:cool:

Before I got Afterburner my light of choice was the Glo Guard by InterAct. You do have to hold it at the right angle, but when you do, I found it to be good. It does not need it's own batteries and just clips onto the back of the GBA. Otherwise, I heard that the Cold Cathode light from Lik-Sang is also very very good, and it's only about £7. I have not tried it, but it's supposed to have zero reflection.

Be warned, if you get a GBA with pre-fitted Afterburner from Lik-Sang, expect to pay about £29 import duty. But it rocks..

Emma :kisses:
 
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Squirrel God

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Thanks Taz. Have heard about that. It certainly would be the best solution, but I really just want something to clip on the top :D

Bet that Afterburner burns up the batteries like nobody's business??
 
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Taz

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Originally posted by Squirrel God
Thanks Taz. Have heard about that. It certainly would be the best solution, but I really just want something to clip on the top :D

Bet that Afterburner burns up the batteries like nobody's business??
Then what Emma said (above) about the cold cathode is your best choice mate.

As for the battery drain it takes around 1 - 1 1/2 hours of the battery life so not bad at all ;)

Taz.:cool:
 
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Squirrel God

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Originally posted by Taz
Then what Emma said (above) about the cold cathode is your best choice mate.
Fanks :D Are those 'cold cathodes' the same ones I saw auctioned on eBay a few months ago? Also, do you know if anyone else sells them apart from Lik-Sang?? (sorry to be annoying :D)
 
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Taz

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Ones Emma is on about is pictured (below)

She dosent know of anyone else selling them.

I still say (after seeing the afterburner working) it makes the GBA playable in any lighting and only £25 for the kit is your best bet

;)


Taz.:cool:
 

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groundy

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Squirrel, you really must go for the Afterburner - it doesn't cause much of a drain on batteries - maybe decreases overall time by 2 hrs but the upside is incredible. You literally will never want to play a GBA without it. If you like, you provide the Afterburner and I'll install it for you for a mere £10 :). I've installed a few now and have it down to a fine art but it's a hell of a lot more difficult than the manual makes out (take note Taz ;)).
 
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Squirrel God

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Thanks for the offer Groundy.:)

But if I get the Afterburner then the screen will be overexposed in sunlight won't it?
 

groundy

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In Sunlight or any direct light (your lamp for instance), the Afterburner light is completely invisible. It's as if it's not even installed - no over-exposure of any kind so you get the best of both worlds. :)
 
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Squirrel God

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Originally posted by groundy
In Sunlight or any direct light (your lamp for instance), the Afterburner light is completely invisible. It's as if it's not even installed - no over-exposure of any kind so you get the best of both worlds. :)
Oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh .. that's good to know. Might order one then :) Will send the various pieces to you with a tenner if I get stuck :D

BTW, actually reduces battery life by 6 hours according to their FAQ:
The release model of the Afterburner will include a dimmer switch, so the battery life is completely dependent on the brightness setting you use (which will probably change throughout the life of two batteries). In an effort to improve the Afterburner visually, we did increase the current draw slightly - so at 100% brightness, you are looking at a battery life of 9 hours as opposed to the 10 hours we got from the original prototype.
(I get about 15 hours usually).
 
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Squirrel God

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Originally posted by peve3
cool i want 1 2 groundy i have e-mailed u !!
Even though you didn't offer to install it for him, he's emailed you anyway :D Gotta love the cheek of the newbies :D Sounds like you gotta deliver it to him as well Groundy :D
 

groundy

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Originally posted by Taz
I got one (Afterburner) for sale in the classified's

;)

Taz.:cool:
Squirrel God, you should check out Taz's offer. It's a good price.....you might even be able to haggle him down a bit ;).
 
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JueUK

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I use a PETZL Zipka head torch..

http://www.petzl.com/petzl/publicFamille?id=LAMP&rub=sport

It uses a 3 low consumption led lights. With a retractable string strap. (150hrs on three AAA batteries)

Don't get me wrong I wouldn't wear it in public, but I can't use my GBA without now..

Its as good as an airplane spot light or bright sunshine..

I bought mine in France for £25..

Funny enough it's a very very handy tool... I use it for hooking up loads of stuff like hi-fi and comps in dark corners etc..

Get one even if you don't ever use it for the GBA..

Cheers
 

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