The title of this post should say it all. Ultimately, the byline should read something like: “If you mess this up, you may as well go and buy another KAOSS Pad”.
It took awhile to actually begin this step as I kept putting it off because it required the steepest learning curve. After having completed it, the actual work wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Just take your time, and you should be okay. Some of you will already know how to solder / de-solder better than you know the back of your hand, but that wasn’t me. I began this exercise by watching several tutorials on YouTube. I’m not going to type up a detailed instruction on soldering, as this subject has already been exhaustively covered in MANY easily accessible places. Ultimately, I felt that I needed to just jump in and practice!
So I went to Radio Shack and picked up all the supplies that I would need (please excuse the political yard sign in the background of some of the images as this was the only protective work surface cover I had until I decided to get some handy cardboard).
Soldering Iron – $10.99 / 20 Watts
Desoldering Iron – $10.99
I realized that I had a few factors working against me:
- I had never even turned on a soldering iron before, let alone did I understand how to properly use one.
- For the actual exercise, I needed to work on an EXTREMELY delicate circuit board. There would be no room for error, and a mistake here could end up costing me over $200!
So I decided to hack apart an old wifi router, and test solder some wires to its innards. I figured this would be as close a test scenario as possible. Better to mess something up here, than on the real deal.
Now you may feed this wire through the back of the unit, so that you can remove the PCB completely from the metal chassis. At this step, you need to desolder the white connector from the board. Being a novice, and given the fact that I didn’t want to make any irreparable mistakes, it took me about 30 minutes to do this. Once completed, you will be left with a white connector, whose purpose will be further detailed in a later post:
And you will also be left with a circuit board, sans connector:
Feel free to let me know if you have done one of these mods, and you have an easier way of going about it than I’ve been painfully detailing!