- USB‑C connector – boost your self-esteem by plugging it in the right way every time!
- Upgraded 1000mAh battery delivering 11 hours of play time per charge*
- Native GBA low-battery warning light compatibility with 90-minute warning time*
- Play and charge at the same time via load-sharing circuitry
- Detailed assembly instructions
- Optional light pipe add-on, for charging status LEDs
* On average. Tested with a standard game cartridge, AGS‑101 backlit screen mod, average volume, and a 1000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Your mileage may vary. Please note that flashcarts and additional mods may increase the power consumption of your GBA, reducing battery life.
Included in Kit
- Beautiful custom-designed circuit board
- USB‑C charger module
- 1000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Adhesive mounting square
- Board components (pre-soldered or loose, depending on version purchased)
- Assembly requires minor trimming of your GBA shell’s battery compartment
- Console, tools, and charging cable are not included
PowerUp Advance can be charged with a USB‑C cable connected to a typical 5V USB wall adapter, like those used by cell phones and other electronics. Additionally, you can charge PowerUp Advance from a computer by plugging the cable into a powered USB port. You can play your Game Boy Advance while it’s charging.
Installing PowerUp Advance requires simple modifications to your Game Boy Advance battery compartment, namely removing a metal battery clip and a small amount of plastic. This trimming is necessary to ensure the rechargable battery fits neatly, without pinching wires or shorting itself. In addition, because safety is a top concern when developing battery products, we opted to coat the battery in a PVC wrapping to add more protection. This slightly increases the size and rigidity of the battery (especially where the wires protrude), requiring additional trimming in the upper left corner of the battery compartment, as described in our guide and video.
Absolutely! If, for any reason, you want to revert back to using AAs, simply remove PowerUp Advance, replace the metal clip that was removed when trimming the battery compartment, and pop in your AAs. Even without the plastic that was trimmed off from your battery compartment, your AAs will still make full contact to power your Game Boy Advance.
Soldering is an extremely useful skill to have. If you’d like to learn to solder, we recommended SparkFun’s Learn to Solder - Simon Says kit. It’s a blast to assemble (and to play with afterwards), and it gives you all the basic tools and skills you’ll need for getting started with through-hole soldering. After getting comfortable assembling that kit, you’ll know enough to assemble your own PowerUp Advance! In addition, searching YouTube will give you lots of useful tutorial videos.
The original Game Boy Advance (AGB‑001) is favored by many Nintendo fans for its combination of ergonomic form factor and wide game cartridge compatibility. It’s also an extremely popular choice for backlit screen mods (i.e. replacing its screen with an AGS‑101 backlit LCD), making it worthy of our focus as the first recipient of our battery mod kit. We don’t currently have plans to support other handhelds, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t do it. If you’d like to see a similar device for a different handheld, let us know!