Picade goes mobile


#1

Hi,

I wanted my Picade to be independant from external power source.
It’s so much easier if you can play where you want.

To keep it simple I bought two things:

Anker PowerCore 20100


I choosed this because it’s an Anker, has enough capacity, and 4 LED displaying the charge status.

USB cable with switch

I connected the USB cable with switch to RPi2 and power bank and the previous USB cable to the power bank as my charging cable.

I used some hook-and-loop tape to fix the power bank inside.

I placed the switch in the middle.

Check power bank status from outside.

That’s it!


I built my Picade (Show me yours)
#2

That is quite cool, is that a small keyboard attached to the inside of the door? Nice idea may copy that. :)


#3

That’s a nice idea. Roughly how long does the power bank keep Picade running for?


#4

Well, it really depends on what you are doing with it!
But it was running more than 24hours in a MAME game demo mode with display on.
Btw, you cannot load and play your picade at the same time with this power bank.
And in addition to the keyboard, I also put two iBuffalo SNES gamepads inside the case. ;)
Only have to find a way to fix them in there now and also to keep it easy to put them out and in again…


#5

FYI - I’ve just built my Picade with a Rasp Pi 3 and it’s running retropie and playing games fine on an Anker PowerCore 20100 powerbank :-) It only works if I also use an Anker usb cable as well though.


#6

Just ordered my Picade and running it from an Anker is a great idea (I already have one lying about).

What do you mean by “Use the Anker USB cable”