running the wiimote off of wii power

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  1. froggestspirit
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    Hi, I'm attempting to build a somewhat portable wii. I have taken apart a wiimote, and I'm hoping to mount it on the inside, and cut a port for the classic controller. My main goal here is to have a port in the wii for a classic controller, and not needing to worry about the wiimote needing batteries. Can the wiimote run off of a 5V power supply if wired to one of the USB terminals?
     
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    a wii mote takes 3V... (2 AA batteries) you will need to cut some power..
     
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    is there an easy way to do that? maybe a common device I can take that piece out of?
     
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    its probably super easy, i would like to say you just need to put a resistence, but since i know barely anything about electronic, i gonna call @FAST6191 he can probably answer this since its a basic thing..

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    I can atleast confirm that the usb power doesn't work, I tried wiring that up
     
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    doing that, could fry your remote... if you apply over voltage to something, you may fry it and make it kaput... or at very least shortning it's life really fast...
     
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    i may have to pick up an offbrand one then

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    maybe it can be wired up to one of the controller ports for gamecube? I think there's a part that runs at 3.3V or something
     
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    5V to 3V and only needing power/current for a wii remote should be quite doable with basic electronics-- the 5V is fixed so the classical two resistor thing would work, you might get there with modern regulators as well -- http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/12c1/0900766b812c18ef.pdf . You would not be the first to want to power a standard 2 AA/AAA battery device from 5V USB either and as such you can probably find a device aimed at it, maybe even in a form that looks like two AA batteries but a quick search is coming up short.

    What might be more interesting though is if there were ever any charge options for the expansion port on wii remotes.
     
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    what about something like this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/5pcs-HT7130...-LDO-SOT-89-/200973330590?hash=item2ecaf1a89e
     
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    They claim to be 30mA which is a tiny amount, enough for a basic sensor chip that really wants 3V or something but full on wii remote with bluetooth firing, a rumble pack/nunchuck, speaker and all the gubbins in the middle all sucking down juice at once is a bigger ask.
     
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    I plan on taking out some of the un-needed stuff since it will be mounted inside the wii, so I already removed the rumble motor. I could probably remove the IR sensor too
     
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    Depending upon the item/circuit then removing parts and not at least replacing them with a resistor is not always the best idea and frankly I would not go to the effort if you could instead spend a few cents more on a good regulator or use a resistor voltage divider (it is an elementary circuit https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/voltage-dividers ) or any of the other ways of changing voltage.
    http://www.newark.com/webapp/wcs/st...503&pageSize=25&showResults=true&pf=811353644 has various ones which you can look at. http://www.newark.com/microchip/mcp1725-3002e-sn/ldo-voltage-regulator-500ma-3v/dp/17M0598 would be a cheaper one but I am not a particular fan of the low max input (6V there, USB is 5V and max tolerance is supposed to be 5V +-0.25 for the older stuff like the wii but I would want to do some tests on the Wii stuff).