[DIY] Kinect AC Power Adapter / Connector for the Old Xbox 360

I bought a Kinect recently (got it shipped from the US) to find out that, it needed an AC adapter for my Original Xbox 360. The original one costs $49 but the problem is, we don’t get it here in India :(.


Well, I could make my own in under Rs. 20 (50 cents). All you need is:

  • Soldering Iron, soldering flux and the lead wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Shielded USB Cable (I got mine from a mobile transfer cable)
  • 12V AC Adapter (preferably 2 A). I just used my computer’s SMPS to achieve the same (According to Molex standards, Yellow=12v, Black=Ground)
  • Some patience

There are two ways to go about this..

The quick and dirty way:

I’m took this route because, this just needs some basic soldering skill and I wanted play my Kinect ASAP. 😀

1) Cut the Kinect cable at the end. You’ll find 6 wires.

2) Tin the wires (Google “tinning” if you don’t know how to). This just mean, you’ll have to remove a part of the insulation and add a little bit of solder on it.

Tiny Tip: Use a Nail Cutter to remove the insulation on the wire.

3) So, here are the details about the wires. Thankfully, Microsoft has used the standard color code.

Yellow / Brownish – 12 V source (That is, your adapter)

Black – Ground

White – Data –

Green – Data +

Red – + 5V (The USB power).

4) Slice up the USB cable and you’ll find similar color coded wires. Solder it to the Kinect Wires.  Red to Red, Green to Green. etc.

Note: Ground is Ground, there is no separate USB ground/AC Adapter ground. So, join the AC Adapter and USB cable’s ground (Black) to Kinect’s Black wire.

5) Add some hot glue after you solder every connection. So, they don’t make unnecessary contact. You could also try insulation tape but I’m unsure about the longevity of your homemade cable.

6) And…. you should have something ugly like this. 🙂


and a mess like this…. 😀


The neat and clean way:

I didn’t do this but one guy had the patience to do it. Picture speaks a thousand words. So, here goes:



So lazy that he can’t even fill this column out.

  • Andy

    So you just connected the wires. All kinect wires had their match with USB wires? And does the old xbox really give enough power for kinect to work?

  • @Andy 12V AC Adapter gives it the power

  • laura

    Great DIY hack – I wasn’t as brave as you and tbh I don’t have the skill either so I bought this adapter (http://www.gamingzap.com/kinect-adapter-power-supply-for-original-xbox-360.html) which let me play my Kinect on my Original Xbox 360

  • All I can say is that you are very good at engineering to figure this kind of stuff out!

    I unfortunately had to just buy one off ebay

  • floebs

    hi, great hack! love the hot glue mountain!!!
    i’ve got a USA plug – bought my xbox in the states – and want to chop off the USA plug and swap in a UK plug… do you know if there is a power difference, or is it a relatively simple switcheroo?? 

  • Anonymous

    Nope, that won’t work. You’ll have a good chance of burning your power brick if you do that..

    You’ll need a “step down transformer” to converter the 220 V to 110 V supply…

  • Danilo A. Luiz

    Oh it is perfect. I was looking for that, luckly it was in the first page of google (of course using the right keywords we find everything 😀 ).

    Do you know something about using Kinect with Arduino?

  • Qweqweqwe

    power is 1.08A

  • Anon

    love the pictures and honesty!!!

  • Brandon Smith

    damn thank you i been looking for the picture of what wires do what in the plug so i can make an adapter im going to use this on my computer but i dont want to cut the cable since i have a slim so it works fine lol thanks very much


    Hey suhas I tried it and double checked the connections but my x box still says sensor not connected. Please help

  • Dave Linge

    Thank you very much! There is no way I’m going to pay M$ $80 Canadian dollars for a freaking 1 cent chunk of copper. I make pretty much all my stuff from junk I have lying around, so screw you M$! And thanks again for the video that will save me $80!

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