How to Turn an X-Box 360 PSU Into a 12v Lab PSU

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In this instructable I will show you how to turn an X-Box 360 PSU into a high ampere 12v power supply. This is simple and it only requires a few parts. In the 2nd hand store, I found and X-Box 360 PSU for $10 and I looked at the back and thought this great for a 12v Supply because it could output a lot of amps, 12.2 to be exact.

So I tracked down the wire Identification and I made one into a 12v Power supply.


P.S(U) I was using an Iphone Because my camera was dead and I'm 13 so please no bad comments!

Lets Cut the X-Box connector!

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Step 1: You'll Need...


You will need a few basic things for this project...
1. An X-Box 360 PSU (power brick)
2. Heatshrink
3. A small length of Red and Black with able to withstand 12 to 16 amps.
4. Two 15A alligator clamps
5. Solder

The tools you will need...
1. Soldering iron or station
2. Wire cutters
3. Wire strippers
4. Something to shrink heatshrink (My mini blowtorch)
5. Crimp tool

Step 2: First Step

Strip the main insulation taking care not to cut the cores' insulation. After that, You will come across 8 wires. 3 black, 3 yellow, a blue and a red.
Strip the red and blue wires and twist them together. After that, Solder them together. Then move on to the next step.

Step 3: Second Step...


Strip all the yellow wires and twist them together. Tin the conductor after that with solder.
Now take on end of the thick red bit of the cable and put some heatshrink over it
After that, solder them together like in the picture and melt the heatshrink over the newly soldered joint
Next step...

Step 4: The Highly Anticipated Third Step


Now repeat the procedure with the ground and black wire. Heatshrink it.

Step 5: Almost Done... Well Sortof


Put the big bit of heatshrink over and shrink it. Make sure the red and blue wire are in there. I used a short piece because it was the only bit I had. You're almost done.

Step 6: The Aligator Clamps


Now it's time to put on the aligator clamps. Strip the other ends of the thick wire and tin both negative and positive. Then put the clamps on making sure the clamps are the right colour for the polarity. It will save a lot of confusion

Step 7: All Done!

All finished. Plug it in and try it out.

Now you have got your own high power 12v supply!
Have fun and enjoy!

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47 Discussions

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Project_Mayhem

3 months ago on Step 7

Awesome job, bro! Your project immensely helped me out with repurposing an old charger into one for my motorcycle battery. THANKS!

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SanaullahK5

Question 4 months ago on Step 7

Sir I Have A Qastion I Have A Microsoft AC Adapter DPSN-168CB A
my adpter promblem this
i Running A 12 volt Fan its working but its problem
when i run The Fan its working!
but i dont net fan In Cool weather i shut off a Fan Swith Then The Adpter Automatically Off and Red light indicatid
When I Turn on The Fan Then Now Fan Is not Working redlight indicating
How to solwe This problelm???
Plz Tell me

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Jurycooldude

Question 7 months ago on Step 7

Hi how's u great bit of info but will this work for an Xbox one many thx Brad

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stulew

11 months ago on Introduction

Thank you very much for this helpful information; I successfully used the XBOX powersupply to run a PicoPSU ATX adapter for a compact PC setup. The PicoPSU needs 12 volt input only and runs up to 150 watts. ie, http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/it.A/id.417/.f or you can find these on e bay.

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MustaphaM9

1 year ago

i want to convert the xbo 360 ps u into a ballast for a grow light for tomatoes how do I put a 3 pin kettle lead on the end of the ps u lead that goes in the back of the xbox please help email me Mustaphamcneidhe79@gmx.co.uk

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MustaphaM9

1 year ago

Hi could it be possible to turn my xbo x power supply too put another 3 pin socket (English kettle plug on the end where it goes into xbo x is it possible anchor please many thanks indeed poses email me azap

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nic.bryan.73

1 year ago

Thank you for this instructable. I personally used it to power up a peltier-module based mini-fridge unit.

Thanks man, very useful. I just wired up a 175watt version as a power supply for a 2-meter 100w mobile radio.

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JayE44

Question 1 year ago

Which wire is Plus and Which is Minus ? Thaks for your great contrebution

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brickbreaker

2 years ago

Thanks, saved me time.

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ClintD10

3 years ago

could I wire 2 of these in series?

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Noaha1

3 years ago

note: if you are making a 3d printer this is much easier to understand than some other instructions online

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dang.artman

5 years ago on Step 6

Nice tutorial. The only thing I'm going to change on mine, is to hook the red and blue wires to a button or a switch so I can turn it off and on without having to unplug it.

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tvarholdang.artman

Reply 3 years ago

Is the blue wire just like the remote wire on a deck?

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SimonK48

3 years ago

I have the 8 wire version, just bought it in a junk sale. Okay so I can put a switch between red and black to turn it on and off. If I want a 5v rail I tap the red wire and use the black as the ground for it?

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calebpike

3 years ago

Great job! Question: I tried this but after a few seconds of the red and blue being connected the light turns red :-( Any tips for solving this?

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glen.raymond1

3 years ago

i have come with 11 wires XD

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BasT4

4 years ago

THANK YOU !!! I GET IT

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JasonW12

4 years ago on Introduction

On mine the plug popped open very easily meaning no cutting the end off. This meant no need to strip the outer cable and easy access to all the wires :)