DualShock 4 External Battery Pack Goes to Kickstarter; Promises “Huge Boost” to Battery Life

on March 22, 2014 2:10 AM

A few days ago we covered a video showcasing a homemade external battery pack that could be attached to the DualShock 4 in order to dynamically switch between external batteries and the internal one, even while charging, boosting the rather short battery life of the controller considerably.

Today creator Justin Gaskin opened a Kickstarter project in order to turn it into a full fledged commercial product. The goal is 15,000 canadian dollars.

The finished product, now named tripleShock, will come in black, white, blue, red and green and will offer the option to use 3 AA rechargeable batteries or a high-end LiPO battery, promising a “huge boost” to battery life with both options.

While the 3D printed prototype looks a bit rough, the goal of the Kickstarter project is to create something that will fit the tastes of the general public better:

To bring this to the public in a polished, professional and consumer friendly package, the very first milestone is to ensure we can source all the parts to full fill the orders necessary.

The unit is a bit bulky, but it has the advantage that it doesn’t require any disassembly or modification to your DualShock 4 controller, which would void its warranty.

It also serves to dim the light of the controller, as you can see in the picture at the bottom of this post, featuring the light shield Gaskin created in December, and that served as a base for the tripleShock. It remains to be seen if the shield part will be removed now that Sony has promised a light dimming option in an upcoming firmware update.

If you want to pledge your support, you can head here and put your wallet on the line.


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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.