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  1. #1 How-To: Switchable Pandora PSP-Slim Battery (Hard-Mod) 
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    Hi all,

    this is my first tutorial AND almost my first post ever.
    So please let me know if I do something wrong or something
    is unclear.

    With this mod you are able to swich your PSP-Slim Battery from Pandora
    to normal mode and vice versa as you want.

    In all the pictures everything's already done, because I made it before
    I had the idea of writing the tut.

    For this to tutorial you need a PSP-Slim battery model:
    PSP-S110
    !!It also works with the "Made in Japan" batteries!!!

    Step one:
    Open your slim battery. I have used a guitar pick to do it.
    Just slide the pick or whatever you use along the join between the upper
    and lower half of the battery while breaking it open carefully.

    Step two:
    You will see a small PCB.
    Gently bend it back like in the picture below.
    Be careful with that, as the battery is connected with the board
    by two thin foils.



    Step three:
    Now you have to solder thin wires to the two small contacts
    i have marked in the picture with red rectangles.
    My wires are from a 80-conductor IDE cable. I don't think that
    you can take much thicker wires because space is very rare.
    Don't leave your soldering iron on the contacts too long,
    as this will destroy the parts. At this step you also have to
    solder a very thin on/off switch to the other end of the
    wires (blue rectangle). I got mine from a broken usb memory stick, at which it
    was the write protection switch.



    Step four:

    You have to cut away some plastic from the lower side of
    the battery to route the wires and to make a hole for the swich.
    I marked the spots where i cut it away red
    in the blue box.



    Step five:

    Now gently bend the PCB back to it's normal place and
    route the cables and the switch to their final location.



    Step six:

    Now fix the switch to stay in it's place with some superglue or duct tape.
    I would recommend duct tape first, to correct something, if you did
    something wrong. The switch mustn't overhang, cause else
    the battery will not fit in your psp anymore.



    Step seven and eight:

    Also cut away some plastic at the upper half of the battery
    at the same position where you cut it away on the lower half, so
    that you can reach the switch inside. You can see in the pic
    how much you have to cut away approximately.

    After that put the halves back together again and fix them with
    some superglue or duct tape.




    Now you will have a working and switchable Pandora-Battery
    for your slim PSP.
    Just use your switch now to choose the function of it!

    Sorry for my english, it's not my native language.
    Last edited by JayL; 02-07-2008 at 09:52 AM. Reason: Also with "Made in Japan"
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    i kept saying someone should do this, glad someone finally did.
    The answer to 72% of all questions asked here: Pandora's Battery.
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    I got my PSP (it's my first one) for christmas and as I googled for a way
    to put a CFW on it I found the one-wire hack for the Pandora-Battery
    and as I only have this battery the first thing coming to my mind
    was making it switchable.

    I also read some times, that if you cut the ground leg of the chip,
    you won't be able to charge the Pandora-Battery.
    I haven't tested it myself, but I think with the one wire mod the battery
    can be charged.
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    Cool someone actully done it, thats must be good
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    good fucking work....
    my contributed help to pspmod members...
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    Good work bro, good work.
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    Cutting pin 5 will not prevent charging...I can attest to that first hand. However, reconnecting it afterwards is a PITA. Mine broke off and I had to build a solder bridge for it.

    To anyone attempting this mod with a fat 1st gen battery, put a solder ball on the wires first. I tried it backwards and ended up desoldering the resistor - damn near impossible to line it back up.


    JayL - Where'd you get the switch? The smallest that I could find at radioshack today was an SPDT that wouldn't fit the battery case...It's just hanging out the bottom at the moment.
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    I desoldered my switch from an old usb stick.
    You could write protect it with it.

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    nice one bro! it was posted long before at maxconsole it is a very good hardmode for the battery and i'm using it now. thanks for bringing it here bro.
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    OK, I looked at some pics of the pin-cutting hard mod and I
    think the wire mod is much easier to do because you don't have
    to fiddle around between the small legs of the chip.

    So I'd recommend for everyone who just wants to build a
    normal Pandora to put a wire strap between the two points
    I marked red in the first post.
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    I'm blind sorry, what contacts are you talking about? I haven't opened up my battery yet as I'm waiting to get another battery first, but can you send me links to pictures closer up so I know exactly which contacts you are talking about. And just to be completely clear, all I need to do with my battery if i want to make a regular pandora battery is make a connection between these two points? Meaning I don't need to do anything to pin 5 or anything that can be destructable?
    Thanks!
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    Great stuff JayL!!
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    @ bboylayz:

    Yeah, you just have to connect these points.
    Nothing else has to be done to make your Pandora.

    Here is a larger pic of the two points:

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    Should the extra wires I attach be insulated?... as in covered with plastic casing like yours are?
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    Great tutorial, and very stealthy!


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