What is recapping?
The Sega Game Gear (like many consoles of that era) age, the capacitors will be prone to leaking over time, remember these are 23 plus years old so it’s a good preventative measure to replace the capacitors as once they leak they will eat through the copper circuitry and cause either permanent damage or an expensive repair job. click this link to read a more detailed explanation.
What issues you may have:
Dark/white/washed out screen
No brightness control
No power at all!
Whats included in the service (Detailed)?
Check of the board before recapping is begun
Before any work is started a full board check is done, so we have a starting point.
Removal of existing capacitors (both SMD and radial capacitors)
Professional tools and methods are used in removing capacitors, especially SMD components, so either hot air or soldering tweezers are used, along with materials like flux are used to aid removal. this by far is the best way to remove the capacitors as you don’t add any stress to the solder pads underneath (if using other methods you risk pulling up a solder pad and some of the track if your unlucky).
Cleanup and preparation of area
When the old capacitors are removed it will leave behind flux but also if they have leaked there will also be dried electrolyte on the board (you will smell a fishy smell if capacitors have leaked when removing) so the area is fully cleaned up with flux remover, IPA and then deionized water.
Replace using Panasonic capacitors
Yes I only use Panasonic capacitors, there are other makes like but that’s my personal preference.
Install game and test sound, and video, photo is also taken and sent to the customer to show in working order.