Fan and vent holes prevent sweaty gaming hands

[Happy Dragon] grew tired of wiping moist palms on his pants during intense gaming sessions. To combat the issue he tried adding a fan to an Xbox 360 controller that he had sitting around. He pulled a small PC fan from a Nyko Airflow and glued it over a hole he cut into the battery compartment of the controller. This forces air into the body of the unit, which exits through holes he’s drilled in the wings. He added an external battery pack to power the controller since the original batteries were removed before the fan was glues in place. The fan itself isn’t powered from this external pack, but requires a USB connection that he attaches using the disconnect from a wired Xbox controller.

After some testing, [Happy Dragon] seems… happy… with the results. He tells us that his hands are not sweaty, and that he finds he’s not gripping the controller quite as tightly as he used to so as not to block the vent holes. We can see a couple of issues with this design, like the holes filling up with crud, or the fan blowing dust and dirt into the controller (we’re thinking about the analog sticks). But perhaps a future design could create dedicated ducts inside that keep the electronics isolated from the cooling. Or maybe the exhaust from portable console builds could be used in a similar way?

You’ll notice that there’s no direct link for this hack. [Happy Dragon] didn’t write a post about this, he just sent us a half-dozen images and his description of the project. Check out the rest of the pictures after the break.

Comments

  1. Jason Knight says:

    Funny — I always just use some 3M spray adhesive and some cut to fit gore-tex, tex-ply or similar breathable cloth.

  2. wosser says:

    So many jokes so little time.

  3. anon says:

    LOL! no way.

  4. Fallen says:

    I’d put a grill on that…those fan blades hurt!

  5. K!P says:

    pretty sure that there are dedicated controllers that do just this, nice DIY option tho.

  6. Eric says:

    Or just don’t play Black ops quite so much….

  7. Brian.Holiday says:

    My opinion, it needs a smaller fan. I would salvage one or two from a laptop. It would be a cleaner build.

  8. Keith says:

    Time to move out of your parents basement and get a job possibly?

  9. DeadlyFoez says:

    what a hack job. They do make controllers with built in fans so you don’t need to make such an ugly mess. And really, a smaller fan would have been as good and probably could have been made to fit inside the controller.

  10. Japala says:

    Did something similar with a mouse back in 2001. Funny enough, manufacturers started making these short after that…

    http://metku.net/index.html?path=mods/rottaflekti/index_eng

    I have to agree that a smaller fan is in order on this particular controller hack or least some protection for fingers. Like Brian.Holiday pointed out, an old laptop could be a good option to source the new fans.

  11. Booker T. Worthington says:

    I’d rather just have an absorbent material on the gamepad.

  12. Life2Death says:

    Absorbent? MaxiPad!

  13. Crash says:

    Used to have a xbox 1 controller by nyko that had this a while back. Also had a gaming mouse with the same feature. The mouse fan stopped spinning after about 3 months and I regularly had to oil it after that. I agree with another comment. Either put a grill on that or enclose it in something.

  14. MrX says:

    Not to be a Troll but .. if your palms start sweating due to gaming, maybe doesn’t it mean instead that you are spending too much time with games? Just saying..

  15. MrX says:

    @Japala or old graphics cards fans

  16. emerson says:

    great job

  17. Genie says:

    Nyko air flo ex, search for it. They weren’t expensive when I bought 1 about 7+ years ago.

    Guy wasted his time but props for doing it, well done.

  18. Josh says:

    Don’t drop that on your crotch! Yeouch!

  19. kimg says:

    Why doesn’t he just get his sweat glands removed like the rest of us hardcore gamers?

  20. Brennan says:

    @MrX

    Who are you to judge how someone spends their free time? If he enjoys playing video games 12 hours a day I say let him. Then again, some people get sweaty palms really quickly while playing games.

  21. abobymouse says:

    Those holes are going to need cleaning. Grime from sweaty hands builds up.

  22. Hater says:

    I guess this would have been more appropriate for “There I fixed it”… what a kludge!

  23. MS3FGX says:

    If you read the description, it mentions he took the fan FROM a Nyko Airflow, which makes the whole thing even more bizarre.

  24. moo says:

    @kimg lol

    I get sweaty hands only after a few minutes of a good scrim in css. Will look into that mouse never heard of it before.

  25. Graham says:

    I could only see myself jamming my fingers in the blades and hurting myself/breaking it.

  26. jeditalian says:

    i wish i knew what i did with that old Vantec tornado..

  27. aEx155 says:

    Yes, there is a controller that has this feature built in (Nyko Airflow).

    I believe that the intent of doing this and not just using that is to use the newer 360 controller, and to have wireless capabilities.

  28. macdova says:

    I think its a good idea. of course like all ideas it can be improved but I like this. I think im gonna try and do something similar with some mods. maybe add a battery for the fan and of course a much smaller fan. great idea though!

  29. macdova says:

    OK so i just looked at a controller and some fans…I decided I dont play enough to get my hands that sweaty. However I know of some people who hade “hand sweating issues” I dont so no need for it. I could see however how a fan could be attachment and no need for holes. all you would need is to let up on the controller a bit and the air from the fan would base under the controller between it and your hands. just a though good luck. with an on/off switch would be good to go

  30. TallPaul says:

    Haters gonna hate

    Yeah it’s not the best build in the world, but it does the job so why so much negativity?

    For the record, some people just sweat more then others, maybe he really gets in to his gaming

  31. Neuroman42 says:

    DIY hacks are worthwhile when they are simple, elegant, cheap, and functional. This is one involves hacking your controller to bits and having crap hanging off of it. FAIL!

  32. Ellis O says:

    Actually a very nice vented controller is coming that has even vented buttons and fan controller speed. http://www.techguide.com.au/reviews/gaming/576-air-flo-controllers-help-players-keep-their-cool

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