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What are some alternatives to using a soldering iron?

I'm trying to put a little LED light inside my green Nintendo 64 controller (Green LED light) so that it'll glow. I found the correct terminals inside the Nintendo 64 controller to make the LED light up, problem is I have no way to stick it there. I tried glue, Silly Putty, electrical tape, normal tape, duct tape, basically whatever sticky substance I had on hand. Next I'm going to try just simple old rubber coated wire.

My question is: What are some alternatives I can use instead of a soldering iron to connect my LED light to my N64 controller's circuit board?

geo5264683 years ago
If you can get the LED to stay into contact with the board without you applying any force to it then id recommend hot glueing it on, its what i did before i learned to solder and usually worked almost as well.
videogamemaster (author)  geo5264683 years ago
Hot glue works with me. A craft store in town from me sells hot glue guns/sticks for cheap. If that fails, then I'll just use alligator clips.
Kiteman3 years ago
Conductive glue?
videogamemaster (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Whassat?
It's glue, which is also conductive.

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videogamemaster (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
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There aren't any real alternatives that are cheaper than soldering.

Steve
videogamemaster (author)  steveastrouk3 years ago
This question wasn't about soldering, people. This was about ALTERNATIVES to soldering. I don't feel like going out to buy one when I just need it for one project, and a simple one at that.
What we're telling you is there AREN'T any.

Steve
videogamemaster (author)  steveastrouk3 years ago
Apparently there is! Hot glue, conductive glue... I'll try them!
They'll cost you a lot more than solder, and they are highly resistive. Good luck with it.,
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orksecurity3 years ago
Connecting to an existing circuit board: Soldering really is the right answer for anything more than very-temporary. For testing circuits, there are clip-on leads which might be usable if you could find a point to anchor them, but they're bulky and not cheap.

Sorry. Solder is the right tool for the task.
lemonie3 years ago

If you have a small drill, you might drill holes for the LED legs, and tap it in (small & tight holes). Otherwise, it really should be soldered.

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Have you tried tiny clips or springs. That is a trick often used for components that need to be removed frequently (like batteries), or for components that would be damaged by the heat of a soldering iron. An example picture of such a contrivance, a clothespin-battery-holder, is attached.

BTW, echoing what others have said, you really should get yourself a soldering iron. If you possess the manual dexterity to type, or play video games, you can figure out how to use a soldering iron.  Seriously. And there's a whole bunch of 'ibles on the subject.     ------->


clothespin-battery-holder.jpg
Dr. Pepper3 years ago
There are none.
rickharris3 years ago
I cant realistically think of any alternative beyond get someone else to attach it for you.