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NuMcA_of_CS
12-06-2009, 05:50 PM
I have been using Nintendo's Wiimote in IL2 for some time. I got bored of always re-charging the batteries so I thought of using the USB to power it. So here it is. It is easily done, even if it is your first electronics project! I have designed a PCB but it can be easily done on a veroboard, as you can see on the photos.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/PSU040.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/PSU038.jpg


Here is PCB which can be used for the board:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/wiimote_usb_PCB.jpg

and the same file in printable PDF (http://users.ntua.gr/mc03003/wiimote_usb_PCB.pdf). The only thing you will need after this PCB is to find a metal pad/wire to touch the PCB and wiimotes power pins. I used a fairly "fat" copper cable, but you can use anything you have available, or just cut some small pieces of veroboard (like thishttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/5729/dscn2449.th.jpg (http://img38.imageshack.us/i/dscn2449.jpg)

* This mod is based on a LM317 voltage regulator, which takes the USB's 5V and outputs 2.8V, ready to be used on the Wiimote. It DOES not destroy your wiimote, the only "hack" is a hole to pass the usb cable through (and an optional LED "power-ON" indicator light).

* LM317 comes in these packages and the pinouts are as shown:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/th_lm317_connectiondiagram.jpg (http://s202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/lm317_connectiondiagram.jpg)

Originally posted at my blog : http://miskatonic-tech.blogspot.com/

NuMcA_of_CS
12-06-2009, 05:50 PM
I have been using Nintendo's Wiimote in IL2 for some time. I got bored of always re-charging the batteries so I thought of using the USB to power it. So here it is. It is easily done, even if it is your first electronics project! I have designed a PCB but it can be easily done on a veroboard, as you can see on the photos.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/PSU040.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/PSU038.jpg


Here is PCB which can be used for the board:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/wiimote_usb_PCB.jpg

and the same file in printable PDF (http://users.ntua.gr/mc03003/wiimote_usb_PCB.pdf). The only thing you will need after this PCB is to find a metal pad/wire to touch the PCB and wiimotes power pins. I used a fairly "fat" copper cable, but you can use anything you have available, or just cut some small pieces of veroboard (like thishttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/5729/dscn2449.th.jpg (http://img38.imageshack.us/i/dscn2449.jpg)

* This mod is based on a LM317 voltage regulator, which takes the USB's 5V and outputs 2.8V, ready to be used on the Wiimote. It DOES not destroy your wiimote, the only "hack" is a hole to pass the usb cable through (and an optional LED "power-ON" indicator light).

* LM317 comes in these packages and the pinouts are as shown:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/th_lm317_connectiondiagram.jpg (http://s202.photobucket.com/albums/aa220/klapatsimbanos/Wiimote/lm317_connectiondiagram.jpg)

Originally posted at my blog : http://miskatonic-tech.blogspot.com/