PS3 SIXAXIS Charging Station




A DIY dual charging docking station for the PS3 SIXAXIS wireless control pads.

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Step 1: Gather the Materials and Tools

Gather the materials and tools.

2 x Standard USB to Micro USB cables
Black Spray Paint
Hacksaw with wood cutting blade
Single sided sticky foam

Felt (Which I didn't actually use, as I could get the controllers to fit)

Step 2: Start Sawing

I cut a slope on the front of the piece of wood for a better look.

Then cut the two sections which hold the controls.

I used a hacksaw to cut the mainlines and then the dremel to remove the last of the material and generaly smooth it out.
A note of caution whe marking the depth for the controls, measure 90 degrees from the main line otherwise it'll be too thin.

Step 3: Create the Holes for Micro USB Connecter and Cables

Using the Dremel with drilling bits, sanding bits and material removing bits measure the holes and start removing material.

This step took a while as it was a bit hit or miss whether I got the holes in the right place.
Also remove material from the underside of the wood to run the cables.

Step 4: Spray and Insert and Secure Cables.

Give it a final sanding before the spray, and make sure there's no dust on it.
Give it two even coats of the spray colour of your choice.

Once completely dry insert the micro USB cable ends from the underside up and check the controls connect nicely. This does require a bit of fiddling using bluetak to get them to sit correctly.
Once your confident on the location of the cables use the bluetak to secure them in place.

Step 5: Finishing Up

I used a piece of single sided sticky foam to close the bottom of the wood off, aswell as giving a good surface to touch the table top.

I also attempted to apply the felt to the control sections but found I didn't cut the holes big enough to fit. Having gotten so far I didn't bother removing more material to use it.

Step 6: And Your Done

All left to do now, is connect it to your PS3 and attach the controls.

On a side note if anyone knows electronics and can provide a schematic for making it run of mains or something then leave a note or drop me a line.

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    27 Discussions


    3 years ago

    For next google:r, different original PS3 controllers seem to function in different ways, some can apparently be used with plain chargers, someone managed to get charging working by connecting DATA+ to GND.
    I tried that, also tried grounding "pin X" or 4 pr ID as it can be called (that isn't connected in most mini USB cables) as that was the solution for a GPS my boss used - that also didn't work, grounding "DATA-" neither "both DATA" and also not connecting 100k from the +5V to each DATA-pin as suggested by Roshy10 here.
    According to sources "USB charger used must act as a USB host device" so charging from various other devices such as cable box, computer etc etc will work fine. Sony sells their own wall charger of course. Must be the most power wasting charging ever having to have the PS3, computer or cable box running just to charge when a small plain USB charger would have been enough - we have loads of those, right?
    I have the controller model called CECHZC2E A1.
    You can buy a host chip though, for example the TI TPS2540, which was the first I found. I guess they saved putting a chip like that into the controller and let the host manage the charging instead. Haven't checked the datasheet but maybe it's enough to add one of those to make it work.


    11 years ago on Step 6

    for running it on the mains you coul buy a ipod thingey and mod it or spray it ..........

    7 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    You could attempt to find out the voltage delivered to the controller (I'm guessing it's somewhere between 5 and 7) and find a cellular phone charger that uses the same voltage and also has a mini-usb plug. The mini USB plug is pretty common on newer phones, so as long as the voltage is within a tolerable range, it should be pretty painless to replace the USB cables with USB chargers.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    for some reason u cant charge a ps3 controller with that it only works on a computer.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    You're wrong, DS3 can be charged with almost any USB port.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    I tried to charge it on my bluetooth headset charger but it just wouldnt charge.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    Maybe your headset charger is somehow protected against charging anything that's not a headset?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    you need to get two 100k resistors (per remote) and connect one end to =ve and the other end to data. This works on apple devices too. it is used to protect the device from too much current/voltage, so use at your own risk. but works for me.

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    Great Instructable. I've started making one based off of this except I am making it vertical with 4 controllers as to save space. I will post photos when I am finished.

    Also, I have also looked into the USB powering issue and from what I have researched, the absolute maximum amount of power the can be drawn from a USB is 500mA. as long as the device reqests and is given more then the 100mA baseline. My USB keyboard that I use for the PS3 draws 5V --- 250mA and works fine.

    Therefore one could conclude that since a PS3 controller draws 3.7V and only 30mA (it's on the back of the controller) then is is definitely feasible to have 4 controllers. Even 7 which is the max the PS3 can recognize. While 3 controllers would still be under the 100mA baseline. As far as the voltage, it would be shared through all the ports. ( I think)

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    well no. you dont understand. its not the voltage that the back of the controller uses. if you take apart the controller and you look at your battery its just telling you 3.7 @660 Mah. while the controller takes only 30ma. well by doing the math you can tell how long the battery will last charged. and the battery says 4.2v charge at maximum for charging. but you may not know that this is just for the battery. the controller consumes some voltage too. so 5v is plenty to charge and play. this is how sony made is. but there should be some sort of pullup resistor combination that will trick the controller to charge. im still trying to find out what but the best bet is to buy a chinese charger and dissect it to see what makes it tick. maybe we will find the right resistors. or the right voltage with amperage plus some sort of chip to trick the controller..


    9 years ago on Step 6

    some ipod chargers with usb ports might work


    10 years ago on Step 2

    nice job .. i hope that you provide us the measurements though


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Instructble, however I would add some more detail. I was having trouble grasping that the cable would stay, and if a controller was added, then removed, well, stay where it was put. ~RoAr


    11 years ago on Introduction

    nice instructable! could someone please help me, my controller always wants to scroll to the left (maybey the left button is stuck)does anyone no how i could fix this? i didnt realy wanna open it up without an idea of what i was doing. thanks

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Push the stick in as hard as you can and jerk it to the right. This worked with my PS2 controller after I broke the thumbstick when I threw it at the wall.