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Offline Sunshineq117

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on: June 16, 2008, 07:43:18 PM
Is there any way to power the WiiMote without batteries? Detailed instructions would be great if you've got them, although please keep in mind that I have little to no engineering or electrical experience. I can follow instructions easily and can read a basic diagram but anything much more complicated that than and I'm lost. I'm also restrained by a limited budget so please take that into consideration. Thanks very much in advance for your help :D
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Reply #1 on: June 16, 2008, 09:31:55 PM
Sunshineq117
Check ebay
You will find rechargable NICD battery packs that are USB powered. Simply clips in place of battery cover, no electrical knowledge/work required.

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Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008, 05:07:28 PM
thank you for the help, but I have to say that's not nearly as fun as making my own.  ;D



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Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008, 11:37:14 AM
There is no practical way to go without batteries. But here are my suggestions, all but the first sarcastic for my own twisted amusement.

You could get a regulator from a wall socket that goes down to 3V, and clip to the leads on the wiimote. But that would be inconvenient, as you would now be tethered.

Get some solar cells, and play in a very sunny place. Again, hook up the leads to the battery clips. Maybe get it to charge a cell so that you can keep playing if a cloud passes over.

There are radios and flashlights that have cranks that you turn a bunch to charge a capacitor, maybe strip one of those apart and hook it up to your wiimote, as long as the voltage out is fine. Weight would be an issue though.






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Reply #4 on: June 18, 2008, 01:44:06 PM
Does a usb port put out enough power to run the wiimote?



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Reply #5 on: June 18, 2008, 04:02:36 PM
USB gives 5 volts, so it could. Uncertain on the current draw though. If playing with USB, you have to be careful, because you can fry your computer if it is hooked up incorrectly.