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Mod your Trust multimedia keyboard

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When i bought this keyboard for my media center i saw that wasn't any power button, you just put batteries inside and you are ready to use the keyboard.

Unfortunately if you don't use your keyboard for some time your battery discharge rapidly.
So i decided to insert a power switch and a LED indicator to save battery life.

What you need:

- screwdriver
- scissors
- drill
- soldering iron
- electric cable
- little electric switch
- LED (i used 3mm diameter)
- 470 ohm resistance (depending of the type of LED used)
 
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elelove4 years ago
Does the battery discharges rapidly?I think there would be little current when you don't tap the keys...Just guess,no experience...
May be you can measure the current by  a ammeter,and if it is below 10uA,there is absolutely no need to insert this switch.
If your battery is 800mAh,with 10uA current ,there will be 80000 hours for the battery to be totally discharged.80000/24=3333days=~10 years.
Even if the current would up to 100uA,there will still be about 1 year.
And maybe that is why the manufacturer didn't add a switch.

In my opinion,don't turn the switch rapidly.Because there will be a peak current the time it turns on.And it is a waste of power rather than saving.
laurentio86 (author)  elelove4 years ago
 Well, your theory is not wrong but i don't use this keyboard so frequently and the first time i leave it for  some weeks i notice the discharge problem. From that time i began to pull out one battery each time until i decided to make the mod.
I don't know if there is a peak current or not when i turn it on, but now my keyboard is working from months with the same batteries.
munchman4 years ago
 Nice, but you really should have used a smaller switch, and positioned it out the back.
laurentio86 (author)  munchman4 years ago
 I used that type of switch because i don't like flat switches and i havn't other at home. By the way in my opinion that position rules becouse i personally turn my keyboard on and off continuosly, not only when i start using it.
tecneeq4 years ago
I wonder why the manufacturers don't just add a switch on the back. And not a standby switch, a real off switch.

Well done mod. Well done indeed :).
Strange, as Trust did add an on/off switch in the model that I have.
My keyboard is almost identical to laurentio's, but it has a button just below the mouse ball for said purpose.

Still, it is odd why they would release this keyboard in the first place...
bowmaster4 years ago
Cool, you should make a mod that uses internal rechargeable batteries.
kelseymh4 years ago
Very nice!  Well written, with good warnings about what to watch for along the way.  Including the LED indicator is a nice touch.