- microUSB connector
- Upgraded 1000mAh battery delivering 11 hours of backlit 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 (color may differ from picture as v1.2 has a black circuit board)
- microUSB charger module
- 1000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Adhesive mounting square
- Board components (pre-soldered or loose, depending on version purchased)
- Only use with a 5V charger that can provide at least 500mA! Using other chargers may cause damage to the charger, PowerUp Advance, or both.
- 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 microUSB cable connected to a typical 5V USB wall adapter (as long as it provides at least 500mA), 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. Only use with a 5V charger that can provide at least 500mA! Using other chargers may cause damage to the charger, PowerUp Advance, or both.
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. Also, you can optionally trim a notch in your battery cover for easy USB port accessibility. We recommend using an aftermarket shell because they are cheap and readily available online. You can see an example of what needs to be trimmed by looking at 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.
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!