Solar Powered Xbox360 Controller

Here I will show you how to create a solar powered Xbox controller.

Materials Needed:

  1. At least one 5v solar panel (also works with 3v, but not as well)
  2. Wires 22 Aug recommended
  3. An Xbox Controller
  4. Solder
  5. Soldering Iron
  6. Screwdrivers

Step 1: Opening the Controller

The Controller has seven screws. Six of them are clearly visible, but for the seventh you have to remove the battery pack and it's hidden behind the barcode.

Step 2: Attaching the Wire to the Controller

Once you have opened the controller attach one wire to the negative and another wire to the positive. Of Course if you want to attach multiple solar panels then you will need more wires.

Step 3: Attach the Wires to the Solar Panel(s)

Finally attach the negative wire to the negative and the positive wire to the positive on the solar panel(s).

Step 4: Remove the Rumbles (Optional)

You can remove the rumbles if you want to by unplugging them from the circuit board and taking them out. It will make your controller so much lighter, but it won't rumble.



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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago
    BTW that's the forum I found. Very informative about controller wiring.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Ok so i had a scuff one controller with drift in the stick. I ordered a new analoge module or whatever its called and soldered it in. The controller worked great for about 15 mins then cut off and would cut back on. Then i decided to take the back off that controller that had the scuff buttons and solder it to a stock controller. Tested it out before i put it back together and it worked great, so i soldered the rumbles back to the board and finished assembling it and when i got it back together the B button wouldnt work on the front or the back of the controller. I took it back apart and desoldered and resoldered everything but still no luck. Do you have any ideas?

    2 replies
    Thomas Tousignanttpinion3

    Reply 3 years ago

    Is it possible that when you where soldering that some of the solder fell and accidentally connected the B button line on the board with something else

    tpinion3Thomas Tousignant

    Reply 3 years ago

    I had accidentally closed the circuit by soldering the 2 leads at D14 together when I was only suppose to use the top lead. So in essence your exactly right... Any idea what I may have done to make the first controller quit turning on?

    chris higgins

    4 years ago

    good consepeted but how would you play your xbox while you have a solar panel hanging off it

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Ha I like it! make a little bracket to hold your panel and then you have a great way to "going to play outside" like my mother would always yell at me when I was growing up.