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I have been fortunate to have been able to spend the better part of the last 20 years restoring and repairing arcade video games and pinball machines. Through those years I have gained a lot of experience that I can share with you through my blog posts and upcoming books. I hope to be able to teach you to keep your games working with technical posts as well as posts with some unusual stories behind some of the repairs I have encountered.

I make the cr2032 lithium coin cell battery boards that will permanently prevent acid damage to your games’ logic boards. They are the simplest way to protect your game and I include the battery to make installation a snap. These boards are currently patent pending.

I also make the completely redesigned Tommy blinders controller board that will get your blinders working again. It’s always my intention to make my products as easy as possible for you with all needed accessories included including a new servo if you choose to replace yours.

If you live in the southeastern Pennsylvania areas including Delaware and New Jersey I can provide in home service. Have a service plan with your game? I may be able to offer repairs under those discounted rates. send an email to frank@noquartersarcade.com for more information.

Readers Comments (6)

  1. I purchased a few of the CR2032 Battery boards from you at Pinfest this year. Can I use this in a Judge Dredd game?

    I see you have Judge dredd listed under a different board, but I could not see a difference between the two.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Allen, yes, you can use the WPC board in your Judge Dredd. The WPC-95 board will work as well, the pin spacing is the same, just moved to a different position to allow easier access to the mounting screws in the WPC-95 system.

  2. You mention in the instructions that you can save settings and high scores by piggybacking the battery. I have WPC and WPC95 games that I am considering changing to your board, How do you suggest the piggyback procedure?

    • If you feel comfortable with it yes, you can piggy back a secondary battery pack to the board. Solder the wires by using small temporary connections. Connect the black wire to a ground point and the red wire to the banded side of the blocking diode which is D2, you can also attach it to D1, it doesn’t matter since they are tied together. D2 prevents the game from charging the batteries and D1 is there to isolate the RAM chip power so the batteries aren’t trying to power the rest of the board. Then you can remove the old battery pack and install the new battery board. I’ve done it this way several times in the past for customers who really wanted to save their existing scores and settings. There’s always a small chance it won’t hold but I’ve had luck in the past. You really don’t have to go through all of that and I really don’t recommend it unless there’s some sentimental value to the scores on your game.

  3. Will your remote batter board work in an F-14 Tomcat? If so, is it simply a matter of plugging your connector to my board and then sticking your board somewhere inside the back box? Thanks.

    • You can use the remote board but I don’t recommend it. The F-14 Tomcat uses the System 7-11 board. Your logic board will need to be removed to install the correct board. If you want to use the remote board you can simply remove your AA batteries and cut the holder out. If you have any acid damage, that will need to be addressed first. You will still need to solder wires to the board for a dependable connection. The problem with a remote holder approach is that if you need to remove your board for service you will have a battery flopping around while trying to do repairs. Another issue is if it falls from it’s mounting it can touch something it’s not supposed to and cause shorts or even damage to your game. The correct System 7-11 board is a clean, permanent and dependable solution and the best option.

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