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DualShock 4 Clip-On Rechargeable Battery Pack

The battery for my PS4’s controller, the DualShock 4 is awful. Not that it cuts out after a few minutes, is faulty or doesn’t have enough juice for a regular gaming session. The  problem for my house hold use is how often we need to charge it. See, our PS4 is across our (largish) room and it’s just annoying to have to always go to the console to charge it. Why can’t I keep it charged for a few days, if not weeks?

The controllers themselves are incredible. Both in design and functionality. The battery is where the problem is though, as it has a pathetic 800 mAH capacity. A single AA battery has more than that. So naturally as a geek and maker, I dreamt up a battery pack I could clip on or a charger I could clip them into on my coffee table.

Then, a few days later at CES, Nyko (a company renown for gamer accessories) unveiled their own, sleek, subtle and sexy version. Although I’m unsure when they’ll hit the market, they’re bound to be a huge hit. The price point though, is insane. Comparatively it makes sense to a market that needs to cover costs and seeing as it’s probably the only one announced so far, they can state any price they want. Making one, would cost maybe $20.

Making a USB charge case isn’t a new concept though, so how hard can it be? Well, apparently it’s not at all easy. See, the DS4 and the PS4 have USB 3.0 spec technology and I think that’s where the problem is.

Goals are simple.

1. Design housing *DONE
2. Wire correct voltage *DONE
3. Enable ‘Charge Mode’ on DS4 * NOT COMPLETE

As of now, the setup I have is as follows in a diagram borrowed and linked below:

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Where the 3rd goal isn’t working however, is that once wire correctly and the DS4 is plugged in, nothing happens. No charge light. No charge indication on the PS4 screen either.

So, I’m linking to my Reddit post about trying to find help. As I’m new to electronic rigging like this, I’ll post my updates and 3D Printable designs.

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