Arduboy replacement face/back plate


Was very tired after coming back from work today but this project gave me some more energy. I didn’t had a 12 pin right angle female header so I used two stackable 8 pin ones cut to size to make one.

I cut the end of one of the key pegs and melted a pin from a male header into it and then soldered it to secure the key peg.

I did a mockup of the flash cart and original USB cable inserted at the same time (required for flashing from PC side) There’s not much spacing but with a proper PCB or different wiring a thin flash cart case should be possible.

I’ll save the expansion connector wiring for tomorrow when I’m less tired :sleeping:

(Scott R) #42

I’m wondering if it would be better to spin the back around and put the header to the top. It could possibly reduce the chance of bending the pins.


Actually that’s a good idea. Arduboy would look even more like a gameboy :smiley:
The case is symmetrical and can be turned upside down. The grill at the back will also be above the speaker this way.

I’m thinking to flip the flash cart so wiring can be easier channeled in the case (non crossing wires)

ArduCart - Rewritable Carts for an Arduboy with Interchangeable Games
(Nao) #44

Thank you for thinking up that idea.

I thought that connection equipment such as cradle might be necessary, only thinking of installing the 12 pin header at the bottom.
It was lucky that the back plate was designed to be symmetrical top and down…


Made a new top expansion board so the wiring can channeled nicely and did the wiring today.

Used single core 30AWG wire for the wiring

The new look

and the back

Now I just need that 1800mAh 604050 battery so it lasts 10x longer then the stock battery :smiley:

(Nao) #46

It’s the great work!!
I have to rewire my prototype…:thinking:


I’d ordered some M1.6 pan head screws and it looks like M1.6 x 4mm will allow the use of the original frontplate with @n602’s back plate.


This is how it looks with original faceplate:

(Nao) #48

Wow that’s cool.
To be honest, the original face plate is cooler than anything.
If the faceplate is not broken, there is no reason to replace it.:sweat_smile:
The other day, I got the ADVENTURE version of Arduboy, so I am going to look for the M1.6 x 4 screw.

(Stephane C) #49

If only my faceplate wasn’t so much scratched…

Anyway yours looks super nice with that 3d printed back!


All credits go to @n602 for the back. I think I’ll be changing the faceplates frequently (or I need to get more Arduboys :stuck_out_tongue: ). I like the 3D printed ones too as it has less display glare and diffuses the RGB LED and Rx / Tx LEDs nicely.

(Scott R) #51

This setup spends a lot of time on my mind.
I was just thinking you could add a second set of headers to the bottom and make a dock with VGA, Line Audio and a Bluetooth capable Arduino for wireless controller.

Switch is taken but you could play with the name ARDUinoBoySwITCH

(Simon) #52

Life’s a ARDUinoBoySwITCH !

(Pharap) #53

“And then you die.”
(As they say.)


I’ve modded the backplate with a hole for a small 6x6mm tactile button. Pressing it will reset Arduboy into bootloader mode so it is easy to go back to the flasher menu :smiley:

And before any one asks, yes thats @bateske on the screen :slight_smile:

(Scott R) #55

Between this and you’re tiny arcade mod I sense your Dremmel-fu is powerful.


Looks Adafruit Industries noticed your project too :clap:

(Nao) #57

Oh! Thank you for noticing Adafruit’s blog.
I am very grateful that Adafruit picked this up.
It is even better for people who saw that to be interested in your Flash-Cart. :smiley:


I’ve finally upgraded my Arduboy with a 1800mAh 604050 battery :smiley:

There’s still enough space around the battery

And here it is installed

(Nao) #60

Very good and careful wiring.:smiley:
With 1800 mAh, it keeps working for several days? More?

I tried few smaller batteries than that.

Small batteries are suitable for me because they are not required so much caution in wiring.:sweat_smile: