Over the course of the next few days (hopefully) I will be bringing to you guys some tutorials on PS Vita hardware mods. This one today, courtesy of CPUzX on /talk, will allow you to install a second battery in PS Vita for increased battery life.
DISCLAIMER: Any screw ups you make are 100% your fault and I nor CPUzX are to blame. Thank you and have a great day.
What you will need:
Philips PH00 Screwdriver
Soldering Iron + Solder
A decent length of wire
A genuine PSP battery (or a battery of the same size and voltage 3.6/3.7)
PS Vita WiFi Only console (3G is not supported)
*Note about the battery. A Lithium-Ion battery is recommended because they are much more reliable than others. Also remember, a genuine PSP battery. There are a lot of fakes out there. You have been warned.
Installing The battery
First, you’ve got to open up your Vita (go figure). You can follow this tutorial on how to do that. Take out the battery and strip of a section of both the black and redwires, making sure that they do not touch each other. Leave the white wire be.
Now you have to open up the casing of your PSP battery, making sure not to pierce the battery. To do this, desolder the positive and negative wires of the PSP battery from the PCB. At this point, solder some short wire into the + and – pads of the PSP battery. Twist the + wire from the PSP battery, onto the + wire patch that you stripped off on the PS Vita battery. Do the same with the -.
Now cover up the twisted sections with some electrical tape, do not use to much or else it won’t fit where we want it to. Pick up the back half of the PS Vita case. Take your pliers and twist and snap off several plastic grooves off the case. This shouldn’t harm anything because this is where you would find the 3G module on a 3G Vita.
Most importantly, make sure that you put electrical tape on each and every single contact that you worked with. When you feel like there is a satisfactory placeholder for the battery, place it in. Force may be necessary. It should look somewhat similar to this.
image courtesy of decookaaron
When you are sure that everything is safe and sound, put everything back the way you found it, and make sure that everything works.
P.S. if you get confused trying to figure out which trigger holder goes on which side, you can use these pictures as a guide.
That’s how it’s done folks. I want to say thank you to CPUzX, for figuring all of this work out and for providing the pictures.