Author Topic: Permanent Wiimote Charger  (Read 14893 times)

Offline gdavis

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on: January 21, 2008, 02:48:05 PM
I have successfully gotten the wiimote whiteboard to work and in my opinion this opens up a lot of opportunities in the field of k12 education.  I am in the process of testing everything to find the best solution to all my questions before I launch the idea into production.  My main question is, how do you permanently keep the wiimote charged?  Can I still use the wiimote while it is on the charging dock.  Thanks for any comments.



Offline ZaPPZion

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Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 02:53:57 PM
Is there something like a charging dock? if not, it would be an option to just open the battery dock, and put a 3V powersupply at the + and - spots of the battery's (make sure the battery's are removed). Or 2 1.5V supply's, and connect them the same way as the battery's. That would probably work, but be carefull not to damage your wiimote



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Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 06:45:33 PM
http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=16255

this one runs off of a USB port!

there are tons of docks but most are dual docks, this is one that I found that had one.

Dice :)



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Reply #3 on: January 22, 2008, 07:02:55 AM
Thanks for the info Dice.  Do you think I can purchase an adapter that changes the usb connection to a power plug?  I know they make these for phones, like the motorola razr.  I intent on constructing a mounting "box" for the wiimote that will be located by a power source, and not by a computer.  I have found that the wiimote does exceptionally well when mounted to the ceiling and angled at about 20 degrees downward.  I have also gotten the best results by placing the wiimote 8-10 feet away from a 6 foot screen.  I work in primary education and believe that mounting the wiimote in a "box" will provide a secure place to house the wiimote preventing multiple re-calibration and also to deter theft.  My only main issue is battery life.  Any help with this issue will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.



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Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008, 08:26:02 AM
Wiimote Charger

This one is a dual one but it has a power adapter so it would work.

Dice



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Reply #5 on: January 22, 2008, 12:02:57 PM
Dice, thanks again for the response.  Do you know how long the batteries would last, continuously using the wiimote as an IR sensor?  I'm trying to weigh my options.  thanks.



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Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008, 12:21:41 PM
Hi,
for recharchable 1.2V batteries there are no better than SANYO Eneloop. Period. They use a new technique that reduces the inner resistance. If not used Eneloops will retain 80% of their charge after a year (!). This means you don't need to bother recharching them regularly.
Secondly the retain the 1.2V (1.1V respectively) much longer than normal batteries and thus have a prolonged usage per charge. They can "only" hold 2000mAh but rival the best 2700mAh NiMH batteries.

I have NOT tried them in a WiiMote as I dont own a Wii, but my estimates are that they could support 40h of usage and I wouldn't be surprised if they did 60h.
I have seen chargers as mentioned above containing two 1200mAh batteries advertising with up to 30h of usage, so 40h seems a fair estimate for Eneloop.

Greetings

Azel
« Last Edit: January 22, 2008, 12:23:33 PM by Azel »



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Reply #7 on: January 23, 2008, 04:19:33 AM
Hi gdavis,

As i read these posts i believe that you want the wiimote permanently fixed on one position. If i were you i would consider ZaPPZion idea.

If you would take a Universal Mains Adaptor like this:

http://www.cellpacksolutions.com/Search_Data_Sheet.asp?ID=AD100942

Set it to 3V (not higher or you will fry up your wiimote!!!!!) and connect the leads to where normally the battery goes.

This way you don't need any batteries or charger and you will just have a wire going from the wiimote to the mains.

Hope this helps :)

Gr,
bra1nDeaD
 



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Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008, 12:35:18 PM
I went buy walmart the other day and say that they had a battery that connects with a USB cable without a dock, you could take the cable apart and use another power source.

This way you would have a firm connection with the wiimote and the power cord. 

Just a thought

Dice :)



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Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008, 07:17:27 AM
Thanks for the idea dice. I think next time I'm at walmart I'll look for what you're referring to.  What is the charger meant to go to?  Is it in electronics by the phone accessories, or by the video game accessories?  Thanks again



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Reply #10 on: February 01, 2008, 09:13:55 AM
The charger is for the wiimote, the battery looks to have the power connector on it.

Dice :)