Store Update

Updated 1/11/17

A new version of the FPC-24 board should arrive any day. This has better solder points and larger, clearer text.

The new revision of the 1A lithium power module is also on the way, and this will eventually replace the larger module at the same price

The low-battery warning boards have been difficult and time-consuming to make, and the new revision (also arriving soon) should eliminate stock issues.


International shipping is open

I welcome any feedback from everyone that has purchased boards.

A 1000.2.1 test build was completed and it works great. It took 2 afternoons to complete the work, which is much better than the 1-2 weeks it took before the boards were made. I’m working on a video of a complete build for you guys that are buying the kits. It’ll show the entire soldering process.

A few extras are being included with the kit, such as 30AWG wire. The new wire is much better for the GPIO connections than the 26AWG used in previous builds. The 26AWG is still needed for the power connections and will be included as well.

Available now:

Arriving in the next days and weeks:

  • PWM Audio Amplifier with Integrated Filter and Shutdown Function
  • Improved Lithium Charge Module (smaller, efficient, more powerful)
  • Dual Low Battery Warning Board (assembling and testing now)
  • USB Charging Cables (I’ll sell these individually after the 1000.2.1. kits are no longer on backorder)
  • Multiple Colors of 28AWG and 30AWG Wire (30AWG wire will be included in the Version 1000.2.1 Kits)

I’m working on kits for the PSPi. Every kit will have the same functionality, but will vary in difficulty. The Pi Zero will not be included with the kits until the order limit is lifted. LCD’s will not be included unless I find a way to source more of them.

Initially I was going to provide a barebones kit to replicate what I did in 1000.2, but this makes less sense as progress is made in other areas. I’m keeping things simple and just working on the two kits right now.

1.) AVAILABLE NOW Option 1 – PSPi Version 1000.2.1 Kit: This kit will be the first available, and will consist smaller boards that get wired together. It will make the soldering process easier and you won’t have to solder individual components. The boards will come with the components already soldered on. I cannot source enough composite LCDs, so I’m not including them with the kit. I’ll provide a link to the one I’ve been using. I’ll still stock the LCD, but it will be limited availability. The following boards and parts will be included in the kit:

  • FPC Breakout PCBs
  • Audio Filter                          <–I’m working on combining these
  • PWM Audio Amplifier        <–onto a single PCB
  • Advanced On/Off PCB
  • Low Battery Warning PCB
  • Lithium Charge Module
  • Batteries
  • USB Charging Cable
  • MiniUSB to USB adapter
  • 26AWG and 30AWG Wire

3.) Option 2 – PSPi Version 1000.3 Kit. The third kit is a large board with all the connectors and components included. It will get rid of 90% of the soldering, but the price will be higher. This board is nearly complete, and the second prototype should arrive in a couple weeks. I cannot source enough composite LCDs, so I’m not including them with the kit. I’ll provide a link to the one I’ve been using. I’ll still stock the LCD when possible, but it will be limited availability. This kit will include the following:

  • A larger all-in-one board that includes the FPC-24 and FPC-10 connectors, Audio Filter, Audio Amplifier, Advanced On/Off, Low Battery Warning, Lithium Battery Management, and USB Connector
  • Batteries
  • USB Charging Cable
  • MiniUSB to USB adapter

4.) Option 3 – PSPi Version 1000.3 Kit + Aftermarket PSP Parts (or Version 1000.2.1 Kit + Aftermarket PSP Parts). I’ve got this one here to feel out whether anyone has any interest. This would be everything needed to make a PSPi, including aftermarket PSP parts (case, controls, buttons, switches, connectors), so you wouldn’t have to destroy a PSP to make it. Let me know in the comments or contact page whether this interests you. I did some quick pricing, and this would probably add $50 to the price of a kit.

Store Update

Which Kit Is More Appealing?

Thank you for the vote!

15 thoughts on “Store Update

  • October 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    This is a really cool project you are doing, and sounds like a great way to bring new life to the PSP. A few questions though for these kits. I was wondering if you could expand a bit on the difference between options 2 and 3. Is it just the PCB layout and nothing else? Do the ribbon cables coming in from the PSP controls and boards being kept connect to proper ribbon connectors on either the large board or the small boards? Lastly, what is not covered by the kits? Just the pi zero, battery, screen, and SD card components?

    • October 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Option 3 is one single PCB. This makes it really big because it has to attach to both FPC connectors and to the Pi Zero. The audio filter, on/off circuit, low battery circuit, and joystick circuits are all included on it. Only a few things need to be soldered to get up and running. It’s costing me about $50 to get just the PCB prototypes made and that’s not including the components that have to be added.

      Option 2 will have all the same capability, but it will be individual modules that are much smaller and that cost much less to get made. You’ll have to solder the modules to each other. This method is the most appealing to me, since there is still the enjoyment of having to work a little for it. It isn’t going to be overly complicated, and I’ll post videos on YouTube showing the process.

      I will probably keep the kits separate from the LCD, Pi, etc. I will sell power modules and LCDs separate from the kits. I don’t plan to sell the Pi Zero unless the order limit on Adafruit is removed.

      Did that answer your questions?

      • October 10, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        Yep, sounds good to me. Option 3 sounds pretty appealing personally.

        • October 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

          I’ll post an update once they arrive. Hopefully the first batch of prototypes doesn’t have any unexpected issues.

  • October 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I’m chomping at the bit for options 2 or 3. I’ll buy whichever is ready first!

  • October 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I have some second hand PSPs.. 2004, 3004 and E1000. No original PSP1000.
    Non of them have the same main pcb layout. The front bar (volume, screen,..) is always a separate cable.
    I should have a good look again on what type of FPC connectors I do need compaired to what’s on the original PSP.

    So it’s good to hear about the second option.
    What FPC PCBs are you planning on making?

    • October 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Yea Sony changed the layout a lot between versions. Right now I’m getting some simple breakouts made. The boards combine all the grounds to a single pin and give labeled pins for each control. I’m working on them right now and posting a 3D render on the store page once I submit them for manufacture. The FPC-24 PCB is up there now.

  • October 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    What kind of connectors are included in option #4? Can we choice the case color? Which PSP version is the case for?

    • October 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Everything that’s going to be included in v3 can be in v4. Case can be just about any color. The case would be the PSP 1000 version

  • November 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    buying option 4 as soon as it’s ready, will pay whatever charges for a ready to run unit

    • November 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Additional components are needed. There are three ribbons and three boards for controls, an LCD bracket, power connector, audio jack. I’m considering hunting all the parts down and selling it as an add-on to the kits.

  • January 10, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Wish I had read this thread before I started this adventure. Been piecing all of the parts needed, a real PITA. I can appreciate what you’re doing here. Oh well, wanted to build two anyways. One option 3 and one 3 + for me.

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