The long road to modding a Saturn

Modchip aside, I decided to include a few extras in my Saturn.


First was a bigger battery box to replace the tiny CR2032. My initial build was a box which held 2 C batteries. You can also see the Action replay 4-in-1 I painted black.


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However, after reading up that alkaline batteries probably wouldn't be so useful in the long term due to voltage drop, I looked into lithium options. There is only 1 lithium C battery available. Radio Shack sells it for $20 and it's 3v. Okay, so I'd need only one but still, $20... there are also adapters to use AAs in a C slot but, well, I hear they're crap.


Battery boxes are dirt cheap though and Radio Shack stocks one which is self-contained with a lid. To my joy, I found it was the proper size to mount directly to the back slot cover. I also replaced the stock wires with heavier duty ones that are bound together along the cord length.


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Obtaining some expensive Energizer lithiums and installed. It's not quite as flashy but much more compact. Very little chance of it falling off, and if it does I left a fair length of wire inside tucked away.


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This is reversible, not that I'd need to. I simply soldered the wires to the battery contacts. I bent the negative contact while removing the old box, thankful it didn't break off- wouldn't have totally killed it but would have made things complicated to fix.



And with the system open, I replaced that nasty green power LED with a blue one.


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ExCyber

Staff member
Neat stuff. I like how you integrated the smaller battery pack; it actually looks pretty reasonable.
 
The AA battery box is $1.69 at Radio Shack and this is an easy mod. The cost downside is that Energizer long-life lithium AA batteries are about $10 a pack. There are apparently 2-packs of the batteries but stores don't stock them.


However, given the 200 MAh of a 2032 and 2600 MAh of the AAs, it should last 13X the battery life.
 
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