PS3 Controller Player Indicator LED Swap / Change Mod

Posted on June 4, 2012 by LighthouseLEDs There have been 0 comments

Opening the PS3 Controller

This is a very simple task. You need to look at the controller from the backside and then observe the screws. Use a small phillips screwdriver to remove all of the visible screw. There are no hidden ones that you should be worried about. once the screws are removed simply remove the bottom part of the shell with the buttons facing down so they don't fall everywhere.

Removal of the SMDs/Lights

We are going to use a method that we like to call 'floating' the
SMD off. This involves putting a decent amount of solder on the tip of
your iron and then dragging it across the edge of the SMD where the
two solder points are. You want to melt both connections connections at
the same time otherwise the SMD will not 'float off'. Do not apply
excessive pressure to the SMD with the iron (a tiny bit is acceptable,
but not a lot) otherwise you risk tearing up a pad. Sometimes adding a
little bit of solder to each end of the SMD before trying to 'float' it
off will help considerably. Once you remove all four lights then make
sure the soldering pads are clear of excessive solder (you don't want
mounds solder on the pad or you will have trouble soldering the leds
flat).

Installation of New Lights/SMDs
PS3 Controller PCB Board LED Mod
After all of the original Lights are removed you must then put on
the new ones. Get out your SMDs that you have purchased and remove only
one of them at a time, otherwise you will most likely lose one. When
you have one removed pick it up with the tweezers and look to see which
side is positive. Now that you know the orientation of the SMD,
position it accordingly for installation with it laying flat (lens
facing directly up). We are going to solder the positive side first so
add a little solder to the + pad that you are going to solder to
first. Grab the negative side of the SMD with tweezers and hold the
positive side of the SMD just in above the appropriate pad. Once you
have it in the position you want, hold it tightly and melt the solder
that you just added to the pad and put the SMD into the solder  so it
sticks to the SMD. Remove the soldering iron and let the solder cool
down and harden then remove the tweezers. It is important to remeber
that you should not apply heat to the board or the SMDs very long or
you could cause damage. You should only apply heat for a couple of
seconds at a time at the most. Repeat this process for all of the lights and you are done!! Test and Enjoy!

 


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