How to Make Darn Near Anything Run on USB!

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Introduction: How to Make Darn Near Anything Run on USB!

As long as you have an extra USB wire with male USB end, and the thing you want to power runs on three AA or AAA or C or D batteries, you can hack it to run on USB power!

Step 1: Step1 Clean/dismantle

dismantle and clean the thing you want to hack.
usually its very simple to take something apart,
the Darth Vader bank im hacking is held together with just 4 screws, which allows me access to the back of the battery tray


you dont want old battery acid all over your power leads so make sure its clean!!

Step 2: Step2 Strip USB

nip off the end of the usb wire that you dont need (the not-male usb-end)

carefully unsheathe the wires, there will be 4 of them. the black and red wires are the power. and the other two are for information. we only need the power wires.

Step 3:

there are two main power wires that supply the device with power from the batteries.


connect the black USB power wire to the Black power wire from the device. wrap with electrical tape.

and likewise with the red



Step 4: This Is Another Thing I Made Run on USB

i took thees LED battery operated  chain lights stripped off the 3-AA battery pack and attached usb

i use it on my moniter that has a USB power port that comes on with the moniter which i use to power my lights

its easy try it!

Step 5:

test YOUR device, if it doesnt work, swap the usb power wires.

if it does, reassemble and your done!

i youtubed a video of my test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y47O35rwVuE

hope this helps!

keep on hacking!


any questions feel free to comment and give high rating!

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    31 Discussions

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    EMagnolo
    EMagnolo

    8 years ago on Step 5

    if you put an (CORRECT VOLTAGE) inline resistor to the positive side of the system, would that help prevent any form of burning out?

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    CorruptedData
    CorruptedData

    8 years ago on Step 5

    One way to mitigate the risk of "burning out" is to use a phone charger with a USB port. That way, if the worst happens, you're out a $10 adapter, instead of a $1000 computer:)

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    manumanu764
    manumanu764

    10 years ago on Step 5

    I do reccomend to recheck the connections before plugging the USB cable(positive to positive, negative to negative). Otherwise, can happen two things: *Your device won't work or *you can burn out both your device or your port, even worse, your PC can be burn out. SERIOUSLY, If you think you don´t know certain things about electricity, simply be away from this project.

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    anuk07
    anuk07

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    can you please explain "PC burning" due to this project.....?

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    C.D33
    C.D33

    10 years ago on Step 5

    Stay away from this project unless you're absolutely sure that the power is the same. Chances are, it's not, and you'll burn out whatever you're trying to power. The USB port outputs 5 volts, give or take .25 volts. If what you're trying to power takes significantly more or less, there's a -very- good chance that it will burn out the device. If you want to check, it should say somewhere on the bottom or on labels on the device that you're trying to power.

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    microchip55
    microchip55

    10 years ago on Step 2

    its not called hacking LOL but still good tut

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    junits15
    junits15

    10 years ago on Introduction

    be careful, you can fry your board if you draw more then 500ma

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    Jayceetoo
    Jayceetoo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    How could you enter the same thing as me into this competition ?

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    pocdragon
    pocdragon

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    if you would be so kind to check out the time stamp, my instructable was posted three months before yours was. How could you enter the same thing as ME into this competition ?

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    Jayceetoo
    Jayceetoo

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    No but i entered it into the comp before you

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    pocdragon
    pocdragon

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    you werent even a member when i posted this haha

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    Lance Mt.
    Lance Mt.

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Well you start by pressing the orange "Submit New Instructable" button up the top right cornner and... Out of parody, I'd make one but i actually respect you and your 'ible. Well done and good luck in the comp.

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    pocdragon
    pocdragon

    10 years ago on Introduction

    MIGHT I ADD: THIS IS FOR POWER PURPOSES ONLY DATA AND INPUT NEED TO DEAL WITH THE OTHER WIRES

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    tubanator-2.0
    tubanator-2.0

    10 years ago on Introduction

    hmm do you think i could run a bameboy sp using usb..also will definetley try to make some lights especially christmas ones whats the most you would recomend on a string?

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    Houdinipeter
    Houdinipeter

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    and tubanator, what about an emulator? its legal to have a digital copy of your games. so its legal to have all the games you own on your computer. if you had one you wouldn't need to usb-ify it.