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GBA lighting help

Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by Squirrel God, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. 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 :)
     
  2. 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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    How to fit the kit.........


    manual


    how it looks...........




    Taz.:cool:
     

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  5. 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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    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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    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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    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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    Yeah that looks like the ones I saw on eBay. Cheers :D
     
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    I would recomend the afterburner back light without hesitation, it is superb.
     
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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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    Thanks for the offer Groundy.:)

    But if I get the Afterburner then the screen will be overexposed in sunlight won't it?
     
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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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    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:
    (I get about 15 hours usually).
     
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    cool i want 1 2 groundy i have e-mailed u !!
     
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    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
     
  17. groundy

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    Maybe I'll send him my own with a nice hand-tied bow on it :D.
     
  18. Taz

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    I got one (Afterburner) for sale in the classified's



    ;)

    Taz.:cool:
     
  19. groundy

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    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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    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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