Wii Remote - Lighting the Power Button

Supplies-
  • Soldering Iron
  • Soldering Sponge
  • Solder (Rosin Core/.022dia)
  • Wire (30awg)
  • 3mm LED color of your choice*
  • Resistor*
  • Tri-wing Screwdriver
  • Sharpie (optional)
  • Electrical tape (optional)
*In this tutorial I used a 3mm Blue LED (3.3v/30ma). I have yet to test an LED that requires 2.1v (such as Red). Assuming that the wiimote outputs 3.3v, you'll need to use an 82ohm 1/4w resistor to properly power a 2.1v LED.

Where to get LEDs-
www.sickmods.net
www.ledshoppe.com
www.ebay.com

Where to get a Tri-wing Screwdriver-
www.sickmods.net
www.ebay.com

My tri-wing screwdriver looks like this-


Before we start, I've read that some wiimotes are incapable of being modded. This is indicated by a series of numbers printed on the wiimote's PCB. Just take off the battery cover, remove the batteries and take a look. This wiimote is moddable-

EDIT- I've also read that it apparently doesn't matter.. but alternate points may have to be used? Not sure.

Lighting up the Power Button

Step 1-
Disassembling the wiimote:
Use this tutorial- Link

Step 2-
Prepping the LED:
Grab your LED and mark one of the legs (if you want). Measure about .5-.75in and cut the remainder of the legs off. Grab your 30awg wire. Measure about 3-3.5in and snip away. Then strip the wires. Solder one end of one wire to one leg.. repeat for the other leg. Then twist the wires together. I did it like this-


Step 3-
Covering the the top of the wiimote:
For this part I used a sharpie... but you can use electrical tape. I did this so that light wouldn't bleed through. But, I think I went overboard. I colored it like this-


Step 4-
Positioning the LED:
I basically positioned the LED like this-


Step 5-
Locating the power source:
This picture should be self-explainable-


Step 6-
Soldering the wires:
Keeping the previous posted picture in mind, go ahead and solder your wires. It should look like this (with the PCB back in the wiimote)-


Step 7-
Testing:
I went ahead and put the thing back together. You can choose to not put the screws back for testing.. up to you. But if everythings good, the LED should light up! Go ahead and put the screws back in, the batteries back in, and the cover back on! And you're done!