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What are some alternatives to using a soldering iron? Answered

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?

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geo526468Best Answer (author)2011-02-20

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.

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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.

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4B-24N (author)2016-11-28

I just put them togheter, and twist. then duct tape them

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wanabegeek (author)2015-12-05

https://www.instructables.com/id/4-Ways-to-Connect-a-Wire-Without-Soldering/?description=

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Kiteman (author)2011-02-19
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Kiteman (author)videogamemaster2011-02-20

It's glue, which is also conductive.

Google is your friend.

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Kiteman (author)videogamemaster2011-02-22

Similar to a gerbil, but fatter.

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videogamemaster (author)Kiteman2011-03-22

Ooooh, I found one of those in the wild. Cute little buggers. XD

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steveastrouk (author)2011-02-19

There aren't any real alternatives that are cheaper than soldering.

Steve

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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.

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What we're telling you is there AREN'T any.

Steve

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Apparently there is! Hot glue, conductive glue... I'll try them!

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They'll cost you a lot more than solder, and they are highly resistive. Good luck with it.,

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Kiteman (author)videogamemaster2011-02-22

Really? You don't even know what google is...

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If only you knew the POWER of soldering... Buy yourself a soldering iron, and forever will it dominate your destiny! Consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice...
;-)

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orksecurity (author)2011-02-21

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.

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lemonie (author)2011-02-20


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.

L

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Jack A Lopez (author)2011-02-19

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.     ------->


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rickharris (author)2011-02-19

I cant realistically think of any alternative beyond get someone else to attach it for you.

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