The initial experiment was for it to work with the original Game Boy, but the energy required to achieve it turned out to be too much.
Just as you read it: An engineer put together his own nuclear generator, and used it to play Tetris on a portable console. This person, called Ian Charnas, assembled this power source on his YouTube channel, and although he failed to use it for its initial purpose, he found an alternative on this classic platform.
Charnas had to charge the batteries for 2 months, so that the console could last almost 1 hour on.How did you build it? This mini nuclear generator uses a combination of tritium power cells, solar panels, solid state batteries, and one Printed circuit board, or PCB, which he built himself. According to the video he posted on his channel, the original plan was to get the Game boy original, but the Nintendo laptop required too much power, something that Charnas did not anticipate.
By switching his experiment to the less demanding Tetris laptop, his work paid off, but the first test it was not successful. The game only worked for a few few seconds, even after the batteries have been charged for one week. Charnas figured the problem was caused by the batteries he was using, so he ended up building another circuit from scratch, to use batteries from another model. After loading them by two months, the game now held almost one hour, before it was turned off.
How is this even possible? You see, tritium cells produce light, which is absorbed by the solar panels, and they convert that light into Energy, which is stored in batteries. The Charnas nuclear generator produces 1.5 microwatts of power, and the Game Boy requires almost one million of this same unit, which is why he could never get the laptop to work.
Today, people can play Tetris on almost any platform, even for free. Interesting news and anecdotes continue to surround the classic title today, and the community continues to enjoy it, thanks to projects that play with the original formula, such as Tetris 99.
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