Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hack to prevent (solder) wire tangles

I just bought at Farnell some really good and really thin solder wire for small jobs.

The issue is the roll does not hold the wire coils enough si it keeps on creating knots.

I finally came down to this simple idea, which makes use of an elastic band that was offered by a random Chinese reseller, but a regular wide elastic band is probably as efficient. Just pull the last unwound wire under the band and it will hold the coils in place.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pogo-pin harness to stress-test an electronic module before it gets soldered

Here I am using retractable pogo pins again (see a previous use here), within a little 3D printed harness.

This electronic tool holds modules both quickly and efficiently without any soldering. This way I can test or program them individually before they are eventually soldered on the final board.

Obviously then, things get much harder to debug, and sometimes you do not even have room for ICSP pins to test in-situ, or to re-program a microcontroller.