In the future, I plan to release a proper YouTube tutorial, but I hope that this will suffice for now!
Estimated time on your 1st try with no experience with anything related to this whatsoever: 90-120 minutes.
You Need the Following Tools to get Started.
You'll see why you need these tools during the tutorial.
- Soldering Iron
- Pointy Tip for that Soldering Iron
- Heat Gun (or blow dryer).
- Wire Stripper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sharp Scizzors
- Protective Glasses – SAFETY FIRST.
Suggested Tools to Make Your Life EASIER.
You'll see why these tools will make your life easier when I reference them, or when you see them in the tutorial.
- Lighter used to start stoves (stove fire is not advised).
- Helping Hands
- Solder Flux
In this tutorial, I will be making a 3FT cable.
1) Cutting the Cable to Length & Presleeving Duties
So you have all your tools & your pieces from the DIY kit you just bought! Great!
Begin by cutting your USB cable to length. Leave about 1 inch extra on each end so you have room to work with.
Example: If you want a 3ft cable, cut the cable to 38 inches or so. If you want a 1ft cable, cut the cable to about 14 inches or so.
Take out the inner paracord rope!
2) Sleeving that Cable
PRECAUTION: This part will discourage you:'(
First, use your LIGHTER to heat up the Paracord/Aegis/Techflex just a LITTLE. This will prevent fraying which is not the business to deal with layer.
Now, lets start sleeving! This is the hardest part as some paracord is tighter than others. Aegis will make your life easier (FYI).
You want to add a little piece of masking tape on the the end of the cable to make sure the inner core cables do not come out. The secret to this technique is to do a double pinch technique!
3) Time to Cut the Paracord/Aegis & Techflex
So now that that sucker is sleeved, we need to have room to work with for the cable! Remember those 2 inches we left for slack earlier? Well this is where it comes in. Make sure the paracord or aegis sleeving is the length of your cable that you wanted, and then cut the excess paracord/aegis.
Lets just sum it up right now:
- Your USB cable is 38 inches long
- Your Paracord/Aegis is about 36 inches long.
If you have techflex, make sure to add that here too. Also cut the excess techflex.
Now flame up the other side.
4) Strip the Cable
Strip off part of the USB PVC first.
Time to strip a piece of the wire with your Wire Stripper so you can solder that baby up! Make sure to cut off the extra copper mylar.
5a) Crimp Cables. Get ready to crimp it up!
Now just shove the cables into the connectors, and you’re ready to go! Make sure there is an ample amount of wire to shove into the connector. You only need about 3/8″ of exposed wire.
You don’t need to use a “crimper”, but pliers or a similar tool help. You can honestly use your thumb.
Here is the pinout for the cables; CABLE COLORS DO NOT MATTER. As long as it is the same order as the picture below.
Please make sure the cable works before crimping and sealing the metal housing.
5b) Solder Cables: Add Solder the Wires & Connector
WEAR SAFETY GOOGLES.
Warm up your soldering iron to about 540*F or 280*C & warm up your Hot Glue Gun.
Make sure to use protective glasses to protect those eyeballs of yours. This is where a helping hands comes in HANDY. Add Solder Flux to the Pointy Tip first. This prevents oxidation and your soldering tips going bad.
First begin by adding solder to the individual wires.
Now add solder to the Type A connector.
6) Now Actually Solder the Connectors.
Now I’m NOT a soldering expert…but to properly solder the connections (I believe), add heat to the contact points on the connector first, then move the wires with the tweezers to their position. The solder should basically melt and join with the contact points.
Pin Out Photos Now TEST the CABLE. If it doesn't work, resolder the connections. I usually just hit caps lock because it lights up on my Pok3r II.
7) Hot Glue & Seal
Just add hot glue to that sucker and you’ll be on your way now.
Now seal the connector with the metal housing with your pliers.
NOW TEST THE CABLE. If it doesn’t work, take off the hot gun, and go back to step 6.
8) Add the Heatshrink
You need to stretch the heatshrink a little. Just use your pliers to do so.
Then use the heatgun to make the heatshrink supes Dolch. Yes, Supes Dolch.
9) Now test the Cable and You’re Good to Go!
Cable not working? Cut off that heatshrink, feel sad for 2 minutes, go back to step 6.