GB Boy Pocket Classic Can Be Backlit! Kyle C. - February 11 2017
The GB Boy Pocket is a near clone of the original Nintendo Game Boy Pocket released in the early 1990's. It features a similar reflective LCD, contrast dial, and a nostalgic cartridge slot for your classic games. The two consoles are basically the same with a different look and name. A pure clone is great news for people in the modding community who have unsuccessfully attempted to backlight their childhood Game Boy Pockets as the modding capability remains the same. Yes, this console can be backlit with a traditional Game Boy Backlight from Hand-Held Legend. The process is familiar and almost entirely the same. A brief recap follows.Open up GB Boy Pocket (2 security screws this time). Remove 3 screws securing the new PCB. Remove LCD as you would with an original console. Remove sticky polarizer (its not any easier!). Clean. Insert Backlight. Solder wires.
Almost step for step just like we see in a traditional backlight mod. While doing this familiar mod I found a few differences, mainly the width of the flex cable attaching the LCD to the PCB. You will need to turn your backlight upside down in order for it to exit the LCD well. A bit of longer wires will be required to get the extra distance down to the familiar 5V source and Ground.
Of course, like many other modders, I damaged the ribbon cable of the new LCD as I would an original. Not having performed this mod in a while in addition to my excitement yet again resulted in a cracked flex cable. I was able to get a picture of some of the contrast visible on the intact part of the screen and it rivals the bivert modification's level of contrast and visibility.
Get yours today! GB Boy Pocket