Community Creation: Mobile Retropie Station

by jessegus

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Mobile Retropie setup created by reddit user jessegus

Originally posted to /r/raspberry_pi, jessegus built himself a very cool little retropie setup for gaming on the go. All pictures and text below courtesy of him.

Top view of the base. The battery is an Inland 10,500mah power bank, stripped down to minimalize size, showing the 18650 batteries and the controller board right above it. I found the power bank at Microcenter for $15.

Controller board wiring. The far left cord is the power input for the power bank, a simple micro USB extension cable. 6 inches long, costs about $5 on amazon. The white cord is a right angle power cord for the touchscreen, spliced to be ~7". The right cord is the power to the pi.

Left side view. The spliced power cord is visible, and all the Pi's USB ports and the Ethernet are visible.

Closed view from the top. I removed the wood piece on the front to show the touchscreen. The right angle power cord fits perfectly. I removed the USB port from the controller board using a wire cutter to minimize size.

Back view. The wood finish is not finished, obviously. The back doesn't look as pretty, but I'm planning on moving the power input somehow. Ideas are welcome. The DSI ribbon comes out the back and into the screen enclosure, and same with the power cord for the screen.

Right side view. Power input for battery is glued into the hole, so when I close off the top I can charge the battery without opening it. The screen pictures is the official 7" touchscreen.

This is truly a wonderful creation. I asked the author to include a small "about me", which you'll find below:

"I'm an 18 year old high school senior from Minnesota. In between training for the National Guard and getting college prep my favorite hobby is SBCs. I'm majoring in Computer Science so these projects have helped me tremendously, and there will be more to come! Everything I've learned is from the internet, mostly the community on Reddit. The help given on that site makes this hobby easy for anyone to learn. All you need is time, planning, and a Pi!"

Parts links (as of February 2017):
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard
Battery Bank for Charging Circuit
Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen Display 0.5m 20" Micro USB Male to Micro USB Female Cable (USBUBEXT50CM)


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