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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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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PowKiddy A13 Hardware Mods — Buttons, Joystick, and Weight Rebalance

PowKiddy A13 Hardware Mods — Buttons, Joystick, and Weight Rebalance

In this video we’ll upgrade some hardware components of this nifty little tabletop arcade device. Let’s add in a new joystick, buttons, and some adhesive weights to balance everything.

Buy a PowKiddy A13 here.

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Guide: DOOM (+ Mods) on the RG351P and RG351M

Guide: DOOM (+ Mods) on the RG351P and RG351M

Last updated 31MAY2021 (see Changelog for details)

Getting the first two DOOM games set up on a new device is a rite of passage. Heck, even the latest Nintendo Game & Watch device has been hacked to play DOOM. Luckily, no complex hacking is required to run DOOM on the RG351 devices, because the RetroArch PrBoom core is already loaded on your device, ready to send you back to 1993.

So in today’s guide we’ll show you how to set up DOOM on the RG351P’s many operating systems, how to tweak the settings to your liking, and how to run DOOM mods as well.

If you are an ArkOS user, be sure to check out this LZDoom guide, which will open up even more opportunities for you.

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