How to Replace the Battery in a Sony Wireless Controller

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The PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a video game and multimedia device from electronics giant Sony. The system uses a wireless controller which utilises Bluetooth technology to connect to the system, and has a rechargeable battery built in to the controller. The controller uses an LIP 1539 Lithium Ion battery, which is 3.7 volts, and has a 610 milliamp power output. If your controller is no longer taking a charge, it may be necessary to replace the battery.

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Things you need

  • LIP Lithium Ion Battery, 3.7 volt (610-100 milliamp)
  • 2.9 millimetre Phillips head screwdriver

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    Open the PS3 controller. With the USB connecting wire disconnected from the controller, unscrew the 5 screws on the backside of the controller with a 2.9 millimetre sized Phillips head screwdriver. Once removed, press in on the holding clip located between the two analogue control sticks to pry open the controller, then lift carefully.

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    Grip the clip and slide it straight out towards the side of the controller, to carefully unclip the battery from the circuit board. The battery is attached only by a small clip and wire to the controller, and is not secured into place by any other method.

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    Slide the clip on until it clicks into place, to connect the new battery. A battery with a higher milliamp output, such as 1000, can be utilised as well, as it affects only the power provided to the controller and lasts longer. Do not use a different voltage battery, as the 3.7 volt is the only battery that will work with the controller.

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