With the introduction of the Afterburner, hand held gamers were treated to a whole new level of game play, never before enjoyed. While virtually everyone in the gaming community agreed that the GBA was an amazing hand held console (and of course it is), one of the biggest flaws - and biggest annoyances was the lack of a back light or some external form of light that would illuminate the screen properly and enable gamers to play their GBA in all light conditions. Afterburner for the GBA solved the problem - gamers rejoiced, finally a lighting solution that really made it possible to play all games, all the time, regardless of the lighting conditions of your surroundings. Afterburner continues to be a very popular item. However, many customers were set back by the amount of work involved to install this backlight internally (actually a front light). It requires some soldering skills, along with some cutting of the original GBA case (not noticeable from the outside of the unit once completed) and the addition of a dimmer dial to enable you to turn the brightness up or down.
Customer after customer asked whether or not there was an equally good solution, but without the complex installation. We had been forced to tell customers that there simply was not.... Until now. Introducing the GBA Halo light by Innovation which is an extremely easy way to light up your GBA games. Many of you are thinking you should wait to get an SP the new gba handheld from Nintendo. If you have not seen an SP let me explain:The SP actually is not a back lit screen. It has 2 lights on the left and right of the screen under the protective screen which you can turn on and off to save battery power wether you are in openlight or darkness. It looks more like a normal gba screen with some light reflected in it. You will be dissapointed when you actually see it. The Halo light uses an expensive LED display screen with intricate lighting of LED's thruought that actually create light directly on top of the gba screen making it appear to be a backlit screen.Compare the old GBA with Halo and the new SP and you will see that Halo looks better than SP!
The GBA Halo light promises (and sure looks like) an excellent addition to your GBA™, and a great way to light up the games you play, without any real installation other than plugging it into the link port of the GBA™ and replacing the GBA™ lens. As you can see from the picture below, the screen is nice and bright, and well lit up. Take note that what you see below was a production sample, so no scratches will be on the lens or the surrounding area - unless you put them there ;) We're now taking orders today for the GBA Halo light at a special introductory price of only $29.99.
5 Halo Light reviews are in from the customers who bought them!
#1 COOLEST THING FOR GBA EVER
Wow! What a light! This is the coolest thing for gameboy advance ever. Definite buy. any night time gamer has to have this.
It is EASY to install, takes about 5 minutes!
The top piece is easily removed in like 5 seconds (when the top piece is removed it looks like an ordinary unmoddified gameboy!
The passthru port on the flat part of the top piece allows you to use your e-reader, wormcam, and most other devices.
!!! Better than the Afterburner in light quality (Doesnt distort or washout colors) !!!
!!! Lights the screen BRIGTHER than the Afterburner !!!
CONS: Battery usage not so great. With 2 new Alkalines you can expect about 6 hours, with a rechargable battery pack youll get about 4 hours :( Bottom line is this: This is ABSOLUTELY the best light (even better than the afterburner)! but it comes at a cost of battery life, but if you have a few rechargable packs this shouldnt interrupt your gameplay!
#2 FINALLY MORE FOUND MORE INFO.
I finally found what the Halo Light looks like all around and how to install it. YES, it does have a link port on top of it and it is as good as the afterburner light I've heard so much about, but difficult to setup, well, this cost a little more, but looks well worth it to me, no hassles. It should fit right into your pocket or any case you got, heard you are able to take the top off, so if you think you can't, you can. A must-buy for any Gameboy Advance user.
#3 THIS IS BETTER THAN THE NEW GAMEBOY SP AS FAR AS LIGHT
I saw the new gameboy spa at gamecon and it didnt impress me at all..escpecially the light..this type of light has been available on the net for some time-afterburner but was a pain to install..now this does the same and is easier to install..its worth it for me..
i'd like to clear up a few misconceptions about this light. first of all there is no problem with it taking up the link port. it has a pass-thru port just like many other lights. also, the new Gameboy Advance SP doesn't have a backlight. it has a frontlight. the SP can not light up like a TV, as the Halo Light does. the frontlight will be just like any old light you can buy in a store, but its inside the SP. please get all the facts before you start bashing a product. if you don't beleive me read online reviews on the GBA SP.
#5 DOES NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
Despite my being disappointed with the constant shipping delays, I have to clarify that replacing your screen cover does NOT void your warranty. The GBA is designed to have the plastic screen cover replaced easily. Nintendo sells replacement screen covers and kits to remove your old one. This is not considered a warranty-voiding alteration. To do that, you have to actually open the GBA by unscrewing the tri-wing screws on the back. You don't do that with this kit. This is a simple screen cover replacement. One more thing- The Sega Nomad was a backlit system, and I don't know why anyone would remove the screen cover on it, but the LCD in a Nomad was NOT meant to have the screen cover removed... Maybe that would explain why it was never the same again? Once again- With this product there is no risk of voiding your warranty, and the adhesive on Nintendo replacement screens is very durable, and made for removal and replacement of the screen.
HALO LIGHT MOST IMPORTANT ADDITION FOR GAME BOY ADVANCE ANALYSIS:
* It is EASY to install, takes about 5 minutes!
* The top piece is easily removed in like 5 seconds (when the top piece is removed it looks like an ordinary unmodified gameboy!)
* The pass thru port on the flat part of the top piece allows you to use your e-reader, worm cam, and most other devices.
* Better than the Afterburner in light quality (Doesn?t distort or washout colors!)
* Lights the screen BRIGTHER than the Afterburner!
* With 2 new Alkaline you can expect about 6 hours, with a rechargeable battery pack you?ll get about 4 hours.
HOW THE NEW GAMEBOY SP COMPARES TO GBA HALO:
I saw the new Gameboy SP at GameCon and it didn?t impress me at all..escpecially the lighting, which has been available on the net for some time as an after market product called the Afterburner. They have incorporated similar technology which does not go far enough to upgrade critical optical shortcomings for the new platform.
The pass-thru port allows multiple hook ups for the port. Also, the new Gameboy Advance SP doesn't have a backlight screen. The SP can not light up like a TV, as the Halo Light does. The GBA is designed to have the plastic screen cover replaced easily. Nintendo sells replacement screen covers and kits to remove your old one. This is not considered a warranty-voiding tion. The Halo Light is a simple screen cover replacement.