PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

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PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby phenoptix » Wed May 04, 2011 11:06 am

1234 Player LED Mod

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Controller Modification Tutorial

This is a nice easy mod, but for the size of the LEDs! The hardest part is getting the controller back together at the end! Beware of that before you start and take note of how the controller goes together before you take it apart!

Before you begin you will need to ensure you have a few basic items.

4 x 0603 or 0805 SMD LEDs (links through to phenoptix.com shop)
Screwdriver (Small Phillips)
Soldering iron
Solder
Tweezers
Magnifying device (optional if you're a bit squiffy eyed)
Solder Braid (used for mopping up extra solder from the pads or board (optional for clean freaks))

Opening the case

To open the controller you will need to unscrew five screws, all of which are in obvious positions.

The screws are on the back of the controller and are pretty obvious.

Once you have taken out all the screws turn the controller onto it’s back and gently pull the two parts of the case apart. Don’t worry you can’t break anything at this stage and there are no bits that will fall out and alarm you! The hardest part is getting the controller back together at the end! Take note of how the controller goes together before you take it apart!

Once you have the case removed you will see that the rumble motors are soldered to the board and stuck to the case and that the battery is attached to the board by a small plug.

Simply pull the plug from the socket.That's the battery out of the way. The rumble motors are a bit of a pain. You'll need to unstick them from the casing but don't break the wires. They're not massively difficult to solder back on but it's something you don't really want to do.

You should now be able to remove the board from the case. You can now locate the LEDs, your board might look different but the procedure will be the same.

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As you can see in the picture above the location of the four existing red leds are marked out with the red box. Yup they're very small aren't they! I warned you!

Removing the LED's

The best and easiest method to remove the existing lights is to bathe them in solder and then simply wipe them off the board.

To do this heat the iron and once at the correct temperature apply some solder to the tip of the iron to form a blob which you then place over one of the LEDS, from the side usually works best.

While the solder is still liquid use the tip of the iron to push the LED off its placement. Be gentile! Do not force or push hard, once the solder is melted the LED will just float away. Once you have done this remove any excess solder from the board and you should be left with two contacts on the board that are now ready for the new LED.

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The black mark there is just burnt solder flux, you can remove it by rubbing over with your thumb.

Continue and use the same method to removed the three other LED's from the board.

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Installing the new LED's

What is important to note about the placement of the new LED’s is the polarity.

If you look closely at the LED you will notice that the polarity is indicated by a green arrow or T located on the underside of the LED.

As shown here:

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The direction the arrow or bottom of the T is pointing denotes the cathode so the LED should be placed with the point in the direction of the thick line printed on the controller board.


The image below clearly marks the direction of polarity.

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Once you have the LED in place it’s time to solder it in location. To do this it’s recommended that you use either some locking tweezers or something that will enable you to hold the LED in place as you need to be able to ensure that the LED does not move while you apply the heat (we don't add any solder at this point).

To solder the LED you will need to apply heat to the pads of solder on which you have placed your correctly oriented LED. Whilst holding the LED in place apply the soldering iron to one side of the LED and wait for the solder to melt. Repeat this process on the other side and ensure that the LED has good contact to the circuit board.

We recommend you test each LED as you do them, and if at first the LED does not light apply a little pressure as it may light, showing that it needs a little adjusting or probably just the solder resetting around the pads. If the LED does not light after this, it's more than likely that you've got the LED the wrong way around! If it still does not light then chances are you've fried the LED due to a little too much soldering iron action.

All being well you should see something like this.

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Now put it all back together and admire your hard work!

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Re: PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby bigal344 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:00 pm

Hmmm, I've got some spare blue leds left over from my JTAG 360, now theres something to do if i get bored this weekend!! :D
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Re: PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby WcModz » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:44 pm

Nice to see you're covering some PS3 stuff too. :D

Good work.

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Re: PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby phenoptix » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:40 pm

Plan on having another crack open of the PS3 controller sometime soon. The PS3 kit we do is the same as our XBOX kit so it contains 5 LEDs. I've seen people use the remaining LED to light the PS3 logo. I assume they run it off the player one light or there's a switched supply.

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Re: PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby bigal344 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:29 pm

Hmm, it just so happens that i have a PS3 controller in pieces in a drawer at work that i have yet to get round to fixing, (the analogue stick is bust!).
If i remember i'll have a play tomoro and see what i can come up with, joy another project!!! ;)
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Re: PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby bigal344 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:42 pm

Well, afer opening the box of PS3 controller bits i found this, labelled LED 5,
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No idea what its meant for, but there doesn't appear to be anything going to it, so i looked around and found some useful points, one on the central connector that supplies me with a positive, can't remember what voltage i got, and on the right point 5 supplied a nice and easy to solder to ground like so!
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The lowest point on this connector, the one with the red wire is a bit small and can be tricky to solder to, especially if you've got my slightly average skills with an iron!
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So, after trying an SMD LED on here, i dug out the only other led i could find which was a 5mm blue, after a quick solder.
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Hold it all together in a real nice, not at all bodged, way and you get this. I'm sure that if the LED was situated inside the hole that it would look better.
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Another pointless, but pretty shot of the led lit up.
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What i need is some smaller LEDS so i've just ordered some from the good people at http://www.phenoptix.com/, 3mm blues to be precise, these should fit nicely inside the small hole below the PS button, in prepartaion for this i've cut two small groove in the sides to allow me to feed either the legs of the LED or wire through.
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Re: PS3 Controller 1234 Player LED Mod

Postby bigal344 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:42 pm

3mm LED's arrived today so hopefully tomoro i'll get em stuck in my controller.
Cheers to http://www.phenoptix.com as usual for a swift and painless order, which is starting to become a weekly thing! ;)
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