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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    I'm gonna bite the bullet and buy some 18650 batteries for a battery pack. Possibly 3000 or 3500 mAh with at least 10A of discharge. And a battery management system to keep them balanced. Going to use the daisy chain method to connect the BMS with the load and DC charging port.
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    I have now received the monitor. I've already used it several times just to test it out and see how to navigate on Windows and Linux on such a small screen. The monitor really is quite thin at 9mm. It's still not a touch screen panel but adding one should not add more than 1 or 2mm to the...
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    Prototype DIY "laptop" / portable PC

    If anything else you can also search for "friction hinges" with general purpose hinges that retain their position when you leave it alone. Hopefully you get all the battery power management squared away but it looks like you're on the right track there. Now I fully understand why the GxR One...
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    Prototype DIY "laptop" / portable PC

    There are loads of RC lipo batteries though not one I found that would be in the form factor that would fit my tiny case. I'm no electronics wizard and don't feel up to the task of ripping apart the pack and using it for a custom fit yet. Will you be using a RC lipo charger for those batteries...
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    Prototype DIY "laptop" / portable PC

    Following this closely because it meets some of the same goals I'm looking to do in terms of portability and power management. Mine is going somewhat smaller, though- like a 7 to 8 inch netbook size :) I'd like to see how your power solution ends up working, esp. since it will consume far more...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    In the meantime I will be moving forward with buying a 7" IPS display for the handheld. There are many 7" touch screen displays mainly designed for Raspberry Pi and general purpose use. They are all similar but with subtle differences in ports and circuit layout. Lamentably, all of these are...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    I think I know what you mean, I've also seen people take apart battery packs from discarded laptops to use the cells for their own configs. For adapting USB-C, do you mean like a fast-charge trigger to spoof the charger such as this one? If this would work, that should easily fit in my build. I...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    Is there a power bank with pass-through charging that supports up to 60W and that fits the tiny form factor I'm going for? Disassembling it would help, but I'm also trying to fit this hardware inside a footprint about the size of a 7-8 inch netbook lol. And remember the motherboard must also fit...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    Some case design brainstorming here: The current thickness of the enclosure I can see happening with the NUC as stock is 30mm, and that doesn't take the screen into account. But, the 10mm tall heatsink cooler takes up most of that volume, and if I can somehow offset the cooler, I can bring that...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    The challenge there is finding one in that budget that is small enough to fit within my size constraints, AND still deliver at least 40W peak output. I want the power management component to be about 2/3 the area of the motherboard, and they should be placed side by side. Placing it above or...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    That's interesting to know. If I used 3 cells in series instead of 4, that would make the total voltage 11.1V and for me that's still cutting it too close. Plus I'd only have 75% of the total watt-hours as I would with 4. I'm thinking of moving forward with buying four of these Samsung 3500mAh...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    I got my NUC two days ago and started doing some test runs. This is probably the smallest desktop computer I've owned, as I don't buy a lot of single-board computers. The aluminum case makes it feel heavy for its size. Its power supply is also by FSP. I went out to the nearest computer...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    @thewizzard1 Thanks for the links. And the Wii U mod looks very nice. (forgot how big that screen bezel is compared to the Switch). I see it's using a m5 which is a reasonably more power efficient CPU than the U series of CPUs (which can go from 15w to over 30w in extended use). That's...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    That's one of the crowdfunded brands I was thinking about. Didn't know they have their own store for many different PCs now! My current desktop uses a modest Asus Prime A320 ITX with 2200G. But the UM300 looks like a great deal. I have already committed to the NUC (it was under $190) but this...
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    Log The NUCtop - turning a NUC into a handheld system

    Sounds good. I was thinking I would go with a 7-inch display, but if I can buy one with full HD resolution, 6 inch would be fine too. The 2-to-1 scaling would be perfect. Something like this panel I suppose? Just too bad it's not a touch display, which would be really nice for a handheld...