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My name is Jimi and I like making things with my hands, my hobbies include small and large motor mechanics, software and hardware of computers, wood work, metal work and I dabble in plastic work.

This idea came to me, one hot day while putting an Xbox 360 controller back together after fixing a button. It’s a fairly simple idea of placing fans in the place of the vibrating motors, cooling the users hands down.

Thank you all and don’t forget to vote for me, Cheers.

(WARNING: If you have just brought your controller/Xbox 360, you may not want to do this Instructable, as it may void any warranties you may have)

(Picture Shown of it complete without paint, still deciding on Matte Black or Cheese colour)
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Step 1: Step 1 Materials & Tools Used

Materials & Tools used:

Xbox 360 controller

2X  20 mm / 2 cm Fan (SUNON 20 mm KDE0501PDB3-8)

(#2) Flat Blade screwdriver

(T9) Torx screwdriver

Pointy Nose Pliers


Small drill bit of your choice

Hot Glue Gun & Sticks

9V Battery Plug

9V Battery

Shrink wrap

White Cotton T-shirt for Holster

Sandwich bag

Permanent marker

Small knife for making bevelled edges (or you can use a bigger drill bit)


Electrical tape

Step 2: Marking Out

Picture of Marking Out
Mark out where your hands sit while using the controller with a permanent marker (you may choose to clean your controller before this step so your cleaner doesn't rub off the permanent marker)
jenkins131 year ago

dose any one know where i can find the specs for the dualshock motors in the 360 controllers... wanting to use salvaged motors out of a controller for a different project

zkamauf1 year ago
This idea is cool but you should make a video and paint it on YouTube
I like the concept! There's nothing worse than feeling the controller get wet when you're sweating!

I had a few tips you should try to polish it a bit:
1- soak a cotton ball or paper towel in isopropyl alcohol, it'll take the sharpie right off.
2- try using a larger drill bit to clean up the holes. Use the tapered tip on both sides to remove the frills left from the first drill and leave a nice chamfer. A lot of times it's easier to do it by hand.
3- try wet sanding with a 500+ grit paper for a smooth finish.
4- see if you could use a buck converter (DC to DC up converter) to use the battery pack voltage and convert from 3v to 9-12v. It's going to cost a little more, but it'll save on expensive 9v batteries.
JimLit01 (author)  thecheatscalc1 year ago
Great feedback thecheatscalc, a buck converter, I will definitely look into that.
Great idea about drilling the inside as well, it would definitely give a cleaner look, cheers for the great info.
If you want to use 3V (2x AA in series) instead of 9V, its gonna be a little more complicated, and you'd use a boost converter, not a buck converter. The difference is a boost converter BOOSTS the voltage, while a buck converter REDUCES the voltage. A buck would be used if you wanted to go down from 9V to 3V, but you could also do that with resistors (a much easier and cheaper circuit to build). A good idea, just wrong component name.
If you're replacing the vibrators with fans, couldn't you wire the fan to receive the signals intended for the vibrators, activating the fan every time a vibration was intended?
Istarian1 year ago
Seems like using bondo? ( or some kind of molded plastic might be better for securing the fan. Might you need the case to pin the fans in there if all you use is hot glue? Also wonder if the battery being warm/hot from charging might soften the glue.

I second the notion of a paint job or at least something to get the sharpie off. Also, an internal mesh fabric might be good to keep sweat,dust,dirt,etc out of the controller innards.
JimLit01 (author)  Istarian1 year ago
Hi Istarian,

The hot glue I am using dries rock hard, these fan don't budge at all.
I assume that the glue will not be affected if you are using a rechargeable battery pack because the fans are the not that close to the battery pack, that the controller s plastic will stop the heat reaching them.

Thanks for the feedback.
gezer2u1 year ago
Looks cool. I just saw a controller at the store that had fans inside to do what you are doing. It looked OK but yours looks better!
As a suggestion, you could use button cell batteries instead of a large 9volt battery which would look less conspicuous, but would need to fashion some form of holder for them
jmixon1 year ago
i might have tried wiring the fans into the rumble motor contact(properly rated of course). then instead of rumbling, which happens on a fairly regular basis for many games, they would fire up the fans, using the controller power(which was going to be used anyways)

this doesnt account for games with lull in them or little chance for vibration, so i might use a simple pullup resistor into a couple double a batteries wired to give you the 3.3v which i'm assuming is the rating for vibe motors in controllers, and thus the fan one would try to find.

that's just my random thoughts on it, and in no way shape or form meant to denigrate your efforts one bit as i think it's a great idea
neonix1 year ago
Let's hope that if your hands do still sweat, it doesn't drip in and short out the controller, lol!
dwebb51 year ago
Nice. Kind of like the one I have had for years:
morganskye1 year ago
Great idea!
HowardC1 year ago
This is a valiant effort and all, but if you've made holes that expose the innards of the controller, all of your sweat is going to go inside it. Sweat has a lot of salt in it, so you've essentially found a way to rust out your controller.

Again, nice try... on paper it's a really good idea, but I wouldn't recommend this.
trypophobia. Not coll bro.
Arghus1 year ago
one of my online frinds on PSN, used sugru to form embossed lines on the controller on the outside and he said he solved the problem
kenkaniff1 year ago
I remember having a 3rd party PS2 controller that had fans as well, but it ran off USB. It worked well, but the vents were really uncomfortable. Do the holes in this affect comfort much?

Good Job btw.
JimLit01 (author)  kenkaniff1 year ago
As long as the edges are bevelled, yes its actually quite comfortable
Please up date it when you paint it! I think the cheese idea is great!
smoak1 year ago
You can get some small fans that don't take much power to run, and since you're eliminating the motors anyhow you could just use the motors power supply for the fans and get rid of the need for the 9v battery. But it looks cool. I'd go with an offwhite'ish color, since it already slightly resembles swiss cheese.
JimLit01 (author)  smoak1 year ago
Yes, I would've but they wouldn't run constantly.
JimLit01 (author)  JimLit011 year ago
I originally tried to find a small fan blade to slip on the motors,
I think you could get slightly bigger fans as well.
One spilled drink and a 40 buck controller gone.
SlothSpace1 year ago
I like this idea bro, could you also put fly screen or some sort of mesh inside and it'll still work? Just incase sweat does get in there.
JimLit01 (author)  SlothSpace1 year ago
Cheers for the feedback.
Yes you could, I wanted to, but only had some brittle fibreglass mesh lying around, you could just hot glue it in so it doesn't touch the fan blades. The fan blades are fairly well cased anyway.