How to make a spare controller Battery Pack for Xbox 360

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Need a spare battery pack?
Lost your charger cable?
Rechargeable pack gone missing?

Don't worry!

You  can easily make your own battery pack that will take standard Alkaline or NiMH rechargeable AA batteries. The project is simple, is made of household materials and is of course safe and sturdy.

 Tools You Will Need:

- A sharp cutter like a craft knife, pocket knife, Stanley knife, etc

- A pen or pencil

- A metric ruler (centimetres/millimetres). A 30cm one works good.

Materials You Will Need:

- Some moderately stiff, slightly thick cardboard. I used a flap off a large beer box, so you don't need that much. See the pictures for a better idea.

- Sticky Tape. Also known as Sello Tape. Basically, just transparent plastic tape that can be found in just about any house.

- Plain paper

- Aluminum foil, the type used in baking and roasting, etc.

The story behind the idea:

Every now and then I visit my friend in Newcastle. I take my Xbox controller along for co-op games. Last time I visited I was in a hurry to pack up and accidentally took one of his controllers instead of mine. My controller uses a AA battery pack that came with the unit, and my friend uses the Plug n' Play recharger kit. I didn't have a recharger cable at home so, after the recharge pack went flat, I set out to make my own battery pack.

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Step 1: Drawing the pack's 'net'

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First we need to make a 'net' for the battery pack. When the net is cut out an folded, it will become a rectangle.

First get your cardboard and draw the net on it. See the image below for the measurements.

Step 2: Cut out the net

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Cut around the outside edges. They are highlighted in a green line in the image below. Then remove the net from the rest of the cardboard. Be careful with the knife.
Oh thanks god my charging cable was cutted and i finally have a new battery pack
thank you
Judging by your finger in next step, I think that should be in centimeters.
7 mm across seems rather small. Hopefully it isn't the part I think it is.
c.j.633 years ago
the top, second measurement is 5.3 mm but the on below it is the exact same size but says it is 3.4 mm. which is it?
Cameron657 (author)  c.j.633 years ago
Ignore that, that's called MSPaint in 30 seconds. This was a terrible quality image, and I did a typo there. It's 3.4mm. I'll fix that eventually.
CaseBoy4 years ago
you know you could just tape 2 batters together (1 flipped) and tape down a piece of tin to one side for a quick fix
Cameron657 (author)  CaseBoy4 years ago
I tried this, but they don't stick to the contacts well, and keep making the controller reset, and tape can be messy and uncomfortable. The instructable battery pack is more permanent and lasts longer. Sticking the batteries together is useless in comparison.
ya but mean the tap can be good for a quick fix.
blackout3A34 years ago
I'll try this out my battery pack for my xbox 360 controller broke clean in half
Cameron657 (author) 4 years ago
Glad you liked it! ;)
Wasagi4 years ago
 Very nice!!
 I will definitely be doing this, if only for my friends with Xboxes.