Guide: PowKiddy X18S Hardware Mods

Guide: PowKiddy X18S Hardware Mods

At $170, the PowKiddy X18S currently provides the best emulation performance you can find in a sub-$200 dedicated handheld right now. But as I demonstrated in my review video, its hardware leaves a lot to be desired. In this video we’re going to improve the gameplay experience by upgrading the d-pad, analog sticks, and face buttons to make this device a little bit more of a bargain. This is the first in a two-part video series; in the next X18S video I will upgrade the software experience with LineageOS.

PowKiddy X18S
My X18S review video

Tools and Materials:
Nintendo DS Lite d-pad
PS Vita 2000 analog sticks
RG350 rubber membranes
iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

PS Vita analog stick caps – not recommended for this device, but they are mentioned in the video and work great on the PS Vita or ODROID Go Super (with PS Vita stick mod).

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Game 4 All CM4 GBA unboxing and testing

Game 4 All CM4 GBA unboxing and testing

In today’s video we’re going to take a look at Retro Dreamer’s upcoming Game 4 All (G4A) device, which places a Raspberry Pi CM4 module inside an original Game Boy Advance shell, with some clever tricks along the way. Let’s find out if this is worth the Kickstarter pledge prices of $100 (DIY kit) and $167 (pre-assembled unit).

Kickstarter campaign
ETA Prime teardown (starts as 06:09)
Rechargeable batteries and charger
My Retro Game Case catalog

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RGB10 Max Button Swaps: Panda and Tiger Mods

RGB10 Max Button Swaps: Panda and Tiger Mods

In today’s video we will swap out the buttons on each PowKiddy RGB10 Max model for a cool effect. Even better, PowKiddy even sells the “panda” mod version already! We’ll also fix the screen lifting issue, and try out some CPU heatsinks.

Buy the RGB10 Max
Spare buttons and case
Copper shim heatsinks
B7000 glue
iFixit toolkit

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3D-Printed Grips for RG350 and RG351 Devices

3D-Printed Grips for RG350 and RG351 Devices

In today’s video we’re going to test seven different 3D-printed grips designed by Lupus Worax Custom. I’m keeping my favorites, and giving away the rest, so be sure to watch to the end for more info. Enjoy!

Check out the designs
Buy a 3D printer
Skull & Co thumb grips

Enter the giveaway

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PowKiddy RGB10 Custom Upgrades: Shell, Battery, Screen, and more!

PowKiddy RGB10 Custom Upgrades: Shell, Battery, Screen, and more!

In today’s video I’m going to show you how I upgraded my PowKiddy RGB10 with a metal case, OCA-laminated screen, bigger battery, PS Vita analog stick, and an upgraded iPhone 8 speaker.

Buy your upgrade kit or custom-made console here.
Check out Always Be Fun’s YouTube channel for more modding adventures!

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