What happened to all of the colored shell replacements?

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  1. JershXL
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    There used to be a ton of different colors (non transparent) and now all I can find are the transparent ones and a solid white one.
     
  2. c411um

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    Loads on AliExpress if your search for: Nintend Switch Housing Replacement.

    *That's Nintend, not Nintendo.
     
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    I mean the ones that are not just copies of current joycon colors. A while back there was a Famicom themed set with gold joycons and a dark red backplate.
     
  4. XxShalevElimelechxX

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    I once found a turquoise one but when I wanted to buy it I couldn't find it even on alibaba. :c
     
  5. manzhen

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    Why not paint the white shells to the colours you want?
     
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  6. AmandaRose

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    There are loads of shell colours on ebay UK.
     
  7. Randpost

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    It seems like they stopped producing the shells that sold less units. I wanted transparent orange and when I contacted a few sellers, they said that many colors are no longer being produced including translucent orange.

    I'm stuck with this at the moment.I want something more along the lines of Pokemon Let's Go color scheme (brown/yellow)

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  8. TEKNOSYSTEKWRX

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    I'm looking for orange joy con shells but I can't find any on ebay/aliexpress/Amazon. I guess they stopped making that color? If anybody knows where I can find some please post a link. I'd prefer a d-pad version but will take whatever I can get. Would also consider a full set with back piece if the price is ok (I did find one orange full set on ebay, but they're asking $65. Seems high?)
     
  9. Randpost

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    Yeah I saw that same seller under 3 or 4 different seller names. I purchased the left orange joycon alone from them for $21 shipped from China. The right joy con and back plate can be purchased from US sellers for much cheaper via Ebay. $65 does seem high to me, especially from China.

    I purchased the right joy con from CA Ebay seller for 14.00 shipped and the back plate which was widely available for 12.00 - 14.00 shipped from CA. I paid $37 dollars total. We will see if everything is correct when it arrives.
     
  10. JershXL
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    On a side note, did you notice any issues with removing the metal shield? That's one of the main reasons that I didn't like the transparent shells, couldn't really see any of the internals.
    EDIT: I've also seen mild success with getting the uncolored transparent shells and dying them, if you're willing to try that to get your desired color scheme
     
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    I had to cut a square out of the metal plate where the SD card PCB sits. If I didn't it would still work, but there would be height height issues where you insert the memory card. Photo attached.
    As you can see making the cut doesn't really deform the heat shield. I can still screw the full heat shield in and you don see the cuts as they are covered by the SD card PCB.

    As for thermals:

    -I saw lower temperatures with the shield removed. I know it sounds weird but if you think about it, it makes sense.
    -With the shield in place air moves above the shield in a well defined channel from the lower vent and is exhausted through heat-sink fins at the top of the switch.
    -With the heat-shield removed air still pulls from the bottom vents but also travels over the copper heat pipe directly and around the heat pipe.
    -Keep in mind I also changed out the thermal paste with a brand I trust, since I have no idea what Nintendo used.

    -I tested with Zelda while docked and pulled the unit from the dock for thermal imaging with my SEEK.
    -The battery remained the same temperature either way around 90 degrees F after 30 mins of docked play.
    -The largest change I saw was with the heat pipe and USB C connector.

    -With the heat shield, the heat pipe at the hottest area towards the exhaust fins was 108F, Memory card 101F, and USB C port 98F
    -Without the heat shield the exhaust fins were 103F, Memory card 100F, and USB C port 92F

    I didn't even know that the USB C port got so hot and saw the most improvement due to the air freely traveling over it where the intake is.
    The heat shield is way too thin to really spread heat effectively.

    EDIT: I have a a few trinket M0's laying around and plan on installing one when I have the time. Hence why I went through the trouble of removing the heat shield and testing heat for longevity. I also like the looks though.

    Just for reference, if you look at photo 2, that is one of my old graphic card mining racks. Some of the graphics cards ran 24/7 at 150F for months on end with out a reboot. Even my current gamin rig has a 1080ti water cooled with max overclock on GPU & ram. The 1080ti sees 140F as a a temperature peak (See photo 3). the Switch runs super cool in comparison.

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  12. Sasori

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    Products are very expensive to manufacture so It’s very possible that the colors that didn’t sell very well just stopped being restocked
     
  13. g00s3y

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    Fire Orange
    Solid Teal
    Solid Green
    Solid Gold

    All of them didn't sell well, so the manufacturer stopped producing those colors. I forget what others they had at the beginning, but it's not worth it to make 15 different colors, when only 8 are selling well.

    There *MIGHT* be a couple new colors coming out for the joycons (a couple "themed" shells, and a new transparent color), but nothing is for sure yet.
     
  14. Randpost

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    So I received one of the factory orange joy con shells. It looks good. I also received a couple complete clear housings and tried to dye the plastic and it turned out pretty good. There is a little variation from factory color compared to the self dyed, but that is probably due to the dye I used. I used the cheapest well rated dye I could finds on Amazon.

    The middle joy con is factory orange and the side joy cons are self dyed. The factory one is a little more cloudy and the self dyed is more crystal. everything is dyed except the center joy con.
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  15. Randpost

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    Installed an orange shell. So much better than teal.

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  16. hippy dave

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    I didn't think dying them yourself would work so well, looks good.
     
  17. StarGazerTom

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    I wish there was a nice 3d plan in order to print our own. Could save alot of hastle for some folks, maybe drum up business for others.
     
  18. azoreseuropa

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    I dont like the colour on my Switch. Too distracted. A black and grey is preference and less distraction. :)
     
  19. Randpost

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    I like no color too. I feel more comfortable using grey at work during breaks or lunch.

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  20. azoreseuropa

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    The bottom is so much better. less distracted. :)
     
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