I know I need a box to hold each PCB that plugs into the joystick.
One quality I’m looking for is a box that moat people here aren’t looking for is something that’s easy for a toolless noob like myself can do.
I know the most important qualities are to prevent accidental wire touch both to prevent shocks and protect the construction of the pad hack. It also must prevent dust and water from entering the box. If it falls, it shouldn’t damage the circuit or soldering, should be critter-proof (and child proof if around really young kids ), and having a controller cord and bundle of other wires stick out of the box witout ruining any of those properties.
The trickiest part is having wires stick out and not ruin the other properties, most notoriously the waterproof and critterproof aspects.
If seems a traditional hard plastic box cannot have wires out of the box without drilling a half circle hole, and I don’t know how to deal it up better.
I’m thinking there are cheaper Rubbermaid and Sterilite boxes that, when sealed right, are just as waterproof as hard plastic with screw seals.
I understand soft plastics are easier to crush, and lose that protection aspect.
The largest PCB that isn’t covered by a Cthulhu or a Brook Universal is probably the Jaguar pad, which is taller, but all others should fit in a 6 x 4 x 1 inch box, so buying one for 12 circuit boards, which are the ones I have that need either a padhacked or a specially designed retro circuit board. ( I can go direct for Master System, Astrocade, and if the CBS 2600 booster grip just uses 2 normally analog pins of the paddles for the 2 extra buttons, that. All those and a Neo Geo can be directly wired from DB37 single wire per function to those systems. 2600 can use Genesis 6, 7800, Colecovision or Booster Grip)
Since moving them in and out of their boxes make them more fragile, and clear boxes make the lack of cheating more transparent, does 12
Hard plastic boxes that I’m not sure how to add wires and keep waterproof would be just as risky but more expensive as softer plastic? Unless someone can convince me that opaque hard plastic is better (in another way besides being crush proof, or can sell me on the premium value of crushproof), why spend more money than necessary?