I’ve got an idea to make cable to power the Vex Joystick off a USB power bank because my team never seems to have enough AAA batteries. I’d make a USB Type A Male - RJ14 Male USB cable.
I believe the controller functions off 5V because the Programming Hardware Kit powers the controller through USB. I’d copy the VEXnet Joystick Power Adapter’s positive/negative leads and map them to the USB power wires.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? (is it the dumbest thing you ever seen, cool idea that’ll never work, etc.)
Could someone please take a photo of the power adapter output specifications (e.g. 5V 0.2A) and the plug at the end of it (to see the pin layout)? My team doesn’t have power adapter.
Yeah, are using those, but we only have 2 (and 5 teams). It also means we have to be near a laptop (they can’t be powered off USB power banks, I’ve tried).
Our competitions are pretty relaxed so I’d like to use my homemade cables to power the joystick during official scrimmages as well. I think having the controller plugged into a laptop might be pushing the limit though (the laptop could potentially be altering the robot’s performance whereas a cable + power bank is almost definitely not).
@tabor473 Thanks, but that’s kind of missing the point. We will probably end up buying more batteries (they’re about $2.20USD each), but I’d like to try making the cable an experiment.
Do you have any thoughts on the viablilty of the cable?
I made a couple of wall power adapters that use the programming port. There was a pinout here on the forum somewhere for that, just solder the - and +5v together with a cut USB cable. Finding a phone cable with all 6 pins is the hardest part.
BTW, it is possible to power the controller off a 7.2V battery. I got AAA sized metal and popped them into the joystick’s battery slot. It worked but I kept leaving the battery on the table and walking off with the controller still attached. It also really heavy
The VEXnet Power Adapter is rated for a 5 volt 1 ampere output. If you open the image of the adapter from the Vex store and zoom in, you can see text underneath the plug.
I did bring up this idea with my team at one point, but the idea was dismissed as we literally have a box of rechargeable AAA batteries, more programming cables than we need, and (unopened) VEXnet Power Adapters.
Personally I think its a great idea and would love to see someone make a working unit, even if V5 is coming next year.