DualShock 3 Battery Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace your DualShock 3's lithium battery.

Use this guide to replace the internal lithium battery inside PlayStation 3 controllers.

Edit Step 1 Rear Cover  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Rear Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the five 7.2 mm Phillips screws securing the rear cover to the controller.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Push the center of the rear cover (between the two analog sticks) and slightly lift the lower edge of it away from the rest of the controller.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.

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  • Push the rear cover slightly toward the top edge of the controller to clear the front edge of the #2 triggers.

  • Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.

  • If you happen to accidentally pop off the trigger buttons, we have a trigger button guide to reattach them.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery off the motherboard for enough clearance to access the battery connector.

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Image 1/1: It may be helpful to use a pair of tweezers or pliers to grab the battery connector when you disconnect it for the first time.

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  • Carefully pull the battery connector away from its socket on the motherboard.

  • It may be helpful to use a pair of tweezers or pliers to grab the battery connector when you disconnect it for the first time.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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11 Comments

I got the shell separated but unfortunately snapped the lil plastic clip on the rear of the controller's bottom half. a lil super glue and treezers fixed tht up nicely...Thanks for the help

KUDOS to you!!!

Rob (rjmat42)

Robert - Reply

I have different battery on my second controller, battery itself have pins to connect it with board, no more white plastic holder :/

Raf - Reply

Try Amazon Cody

linzikerner - Reply

Anyone have any idea where I can find the plastic retainers for the battery? I bought the new one, but my old battery has the clips attached. I don't want this thing just jiggling around in there, it'll drive me nuts.

Thanks.

geoquin4 - Reply

Has anyone tried charging one of these batteries while it's still disconnected from the controller? I wanted to test one of my old ones to see if it still holds a charge or if the circuit board is damaged.

I was considering hooking it to a 5v line on my computer's power supply in series with a resistor or maybe using an old wall adapter.

Scott Stygar - Reply

Can you transplant the DS3 Battery into a DS4.

Jaccob Miller - Reply

be careful with the connector, it was hard at the first time to take it away, i was close to break the wire

Mugen - Reply

Where can I purchase an Input Board?

Cody - Reply

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Raymond -

To safely remove the connector, you can slide a thin screwdriver inside two slots that can be found on top of the connctor housing (the beige colored one), which allow you to push on the connector. Do this slowly, prying first through one slot, then through the other, until the connector is out. This will allow you to remove the connector without pulling by accident on the wires.

Adriana Fulgenzi - Reply

Thanks Adriana. Good advice. My local battery replacement guy will not touch PS3 controllers.

Arie van der Winden -