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I show you how to make a simple A/C to D/C 12v Power Supply using an old xbox 360 Power Brick.
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0:00 Intro
0:19 Power Brick
0:50 Other Power Supplies
2:44 The Wires Inside
4:04 Grouping the Wires
6:09 Trying to Short The Power Brick
7:25 Shorting it Again
8:10 Resetting it
8:42 Adding a Boost Converter
10:58 Testing FlyRyde LED Bulbs

Every day people ask me about my special little box right here that i use to test all of my leds. Now, that's just one tool that i use to power things up, but you can also buy specifically power supplies to light up your leds. But in this video i'm going to show you how to do something that you probably already have that you don't have to go buy and you can use that to power up the leds. This is my old xbox 360, like a lot of you might have, and this is the power brick, the power supply that sends power to an xbox, we're gon na chop this thing up and make it power up all the angel eyes or the little led bulbs Or whatever it is that we want to test even full headlights, there's enough amps and enough voltage from this power, brick that it's gon na make it perfect for what we're doing today on how tuesday? Now before we start talking about the xbox.

The thing i want to say a lot of people use power supplies from a computer. This is also capable of putting out 12 volts, but this only has 12 amps. Then there's this big scary monster. This will light stuff on fire.

This puts out 40 amps. This is better for hids and things that have a very, very high need for amperage. But what i'm going to show you right now is how to do the xbox power brick, and this thing looks like it puts out a total of 14.2 amps at 12 volts. So that's really really good if you just want to have something to power up things like leds and maybe not hids, because they require so much more power, there's actually three different types of these power bricks.

This is the one in the middle. It has 175 watts. There's also one with a little less, also one with a little bit more, but what i'm going to do. First is: first, i'm actually going to show you all the tools that i used and then i'm going to clip the little end of this thing off.

So, let's start with we've got our power. Brick we've got our power wire, that's going to go into that and then i'm going to add some wire that i crimp on with some connectors strip some wire. That's basically it, though, just some basic tools that you need and we're going to start off by taking the end, we're just going to clip this little connector off, and i'm going to do a little bit further up on here, so that i have a little bit Of a stretch, i don't really know a whole lot about ferrite beads, but apparently this little dude is important and you can watch other boring, nerd videos about why that matters, but i'm just going to clip after that, so that we keep it in place all right. Okay, now we've actually got something where we can work with this, so we've got this whole bundle of wires.

So what i actually want to do is i'm going to strip all this wire down, and i know that there's some little ground shielding just underneath this vinyl. So i'm going to grab a razor blade slice that open, remove it all and i'm going to get some heat shrink so that when i add the new wire to it, it's going to all be connected and we're not going to have to worry about anything. Shocking or connecting inside all right, so this we don't need any of i'm just going to use a little flush cutters to cut that off. This is what i know to be the case.

There's all this extra crap in here that doesn't matter to us, but what i've seen every other person do. Is they remove all the excess stuff, like all this white plastic, we're going to clip that just to make sure it's all nice and clean in here? I didn't see the shielding that i expected to see, so maybe mine just sucks or maybe it's because it's not the super high wattage one. But i know that we have to bridge these two wires right here so that as soon as this thing sees power, when you plug it in it's, going to automatically output to these yellow wires and then the ground to the black wires. So first thing that we want to do is strip those and then twist them together and we'll just move those out of the way next.

So this is kind of the basic look about how we're going to be, and i just want to strip all these yellow ones and then bring them together. The black ones bring them together and then that's what we're actually going to solder directly to this power and ground cable stuff. So this really comes in handy. I've made some videos i'm going to link up in the description, the video of if you're, just getting started.

Some of the tools that you might need - and this is going to be like the cheap version of the power supply that i mentioned in that video - how come you have to twist them together instead of using individuals? Okay, so i don't know if there's any specific demand inside of this thing, that's going to certain wires based on the little plug like let's say that one of those pins needed twice as much juice or something going to it. I don't know, but i know that every single time i see any of these videos, people are making it simple by twisting the output wires together. So i'm going to go ahead and do just that. I want this thing to be super super basic so that i'm not worried about it overheating or having any issues, and the cool thing is, if anything does twist and ground and touch or anything like it's not supposed to we'll actually be able to see the little Indicator light on this thing and it will protect itself.

Not only does it have a fan built in where it's got like a little intake right here for for air to come in, but it's also got that little indicator led light for us. So we're going to turn this thing on in just a minute after we hook up the next wires and then specifically like touch the wires together, so we can see what happens and how this protects itself. So i'm actually just going to crimp these little blue connectors onto these. I think this might actually end up being a little bit more a little bit more practical for this particular little work around here.

So if you're, not a big fan of soldering to everything and heat shrinking and all of that, no big deal just make sure that you crimp these things on properly, instead of using the wrong part of the crimp tool. Okay, so we've got that i am going to solder this really quick and i'm just going to throw this little piece of heat shrink on there, so that it's not going to bridge anything else out and then we're going to plug it in and test it up To my quad hands, real quick, all right, good old quad hand saves the day. This is actually some marine heat shrink with some adhesive on there. So it's not going to move around a bunch and it'll just collapse on itself, really nice so boom.

Okay. So we should be safe. I'm gon na go ahead and plug it in now, and then we'll do a couple little tests with it so weird that that's only got two wires. All right is it gon na? Is it gon na zap me? I am not zapid not at all, but let's, let's see what happens if i, oh, that wasn't good well, i thought it was supposed to like you know, have like built-in protection and don't do that.

Okay, yeah, i'm curious like when does this thing shut off and when does it zap itself? Okay? Well, this is the wire that i'm gon na add to it. So let me go ahead and crimp the connectors onto it as well, and then we are going to add some alligator clips now on these wires. I have them cut at different sections so that the chances of these things, bridging like we just saw me, do like a dumb ass a second ago, hopefully isn't going to happen later, and i don't really like these little silicone covers, but whatever okay now, this might Be triggering oh, that could totally touch itself still um, but i'm gon na actually solder this connection on there, because these things break pretty often, but i'm not gon na solder on this side just on that side, so that it can still maintain flexibility all right. Here's the moment of the truths am i going to be zapped again.

This is what i think. I honestly think that this should, to some extent, not hey. That's what we wanted to see before. Look at that.

Well, i wonder why it freaked out before, because that's what i thought was going to happen, but it did not, and then so i understand that all i have to do to reset. It is the unplugger and plug it back in and now it doesn't work anymore and that's the end of the video i'll see you next time, one two, three four seven wow one, two, three, four: five: six, seven, eight, okay, well that'll work. Let's test some gtr, lightning, bolts, there's white, okay, okay, there's amber okay! So now that we know everything's testing, fine, it's putting out power, it's not zapping itself. Boom check out this fly right bulb.

Looks super freaking bright. Ah, i can't see anything right now, so this is just an 1156 bulb and it is super super bright at the 11.2 volts or whatever that thing's putting out. I think a lot of people have these little xbox, guys laying around and they're not doing anything. For you and you're popping the hood and connecting things to your battery to test to see if it works, so i hope this video helps you out put down in the comments below.

If you have one of these things and you're thinking about maybe doing this modification to it as well, oh and also stay tuned watch, i'm gon na link up the video to this one. Let me know if you understood it seemed to upset a lot of people, but i think you should understand after watching this one, if you're trying to power something up and not give it more power than it would normally see on the car, you could use something Like this to test on the bench and it'll be fine, but give me your comments on that video too.

By Chris

11 thoughts on “Old Xbox Bricks Good for LEDs?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dennis Giron says:

    I got one at GameStop for like 5 bucks. I ended up putting a switch on it and it works great to bench tests HID’s and LED stuff for retrofits (:

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenny Man says:

    How I wired mine I have it to flip a switch to turn on the green light using a rocker switch. The red and blue you have can be used to switch it on or off.

    Mine had a green and white that I wired to a rocker switch. I've used it to turn on leds and itll turn on hids ballast just fine.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kendray Mason says:

    Been doing this for a long time. I grab these at the swapmeet for a few bucks. I use them for car amplifiers in the house also.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin Beigh says:

    I’ve been using a pc power supply for a while I think this is going to be the next one I do! Thank you for the video

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kirk Lishman says:

    Wow we both have nearly all the same tools 🤣… Love the pistol strips

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jokerscape says:

    Been using an older Xbox power brick for years to power my car stereo bbq set up 😂

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sebastien D'Amours says:

    Nice, one small thing, I would buy a cheap xbox360 adapter cable to avoid cutting the power supply. You can get xbox360 to xbox360E adapter, so you cut the xbox360E plug instead. Also now you can remove the bulky PS when not needed.

    The ferrite is a filter for EMI/RFI interference, to lower the electric noise level. Can be also very usefull in car when you got a cheap voltage buck-boost converter or anything that send noise in your car radio. Can buy tons on any chinese website for cheap. I added some on my LED bar, LED ditch LEDs, 12V to 5V USB adapter (for hdmi splitter and amazonfirestick) and headrest monitors. Make a huge difference.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Peters says:

    See when I was comin up little kids bought the xbox, when u were ready to step up to the big boys toys u bought a playstation. Lol I bought a solar tickle charger hooked to an old battery mounted under my desk. Then I ran 2 remote battery posts that stick out of the corner of the desk to test electronics. We really need to link up for an e36 application. Either something different than the halos everyone does for the headlights or we figure out the crazy tail light setup and finally come up with tail light set up and ride it all the way to the bank.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars orlin Chirinos says:

    I don't have an Xbox 360 power brick. I'll be looking for one to light up any led effectively and I like to know how you get one of those module you have on your hand.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J S says:

    If you use a cell phone adapter and dismantle it then you’d just change the zener diode or add an extra one 6.2v + 5.6v in series to get you around 11.8v. This would save messing about with boxes and there’s only 2 wires out + and – not everyone has an Xbox kicking around but most have an old AC cell phone adapter laying in a draw somewhere. And if your clever enough you can also use a laptop adapter as well with some mods applied.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FORTIS creations says:

    awesome little hack, Chris your content is spot on and in great detail 🤘

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