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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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geo526468
geo526468

Best Answer 10 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.

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videogamemaster
videogamemaster

Answer 10 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.

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4B-24N
4B-24N

4 years ago

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

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wanabegeek
wanabegeek

5 years ago

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

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

Conductive glue?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

It's glue, which is also conductive.

Google is your friend.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

Similar to a gerbil, but fatter.

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videogamemaster
videogamemaster

Answer 10 years ago

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

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

10 years ago

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

Steve

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videogamemaster
videogamemaster

Answer 10 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.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

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

Steve

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videogamemaster
videogamemaster

Answer 10 years ago

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

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

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

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

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

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Answer 10 years ago

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
orksecurity

10 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.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 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.

L

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

10 years ago

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
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rickharris
rickharris

10 years ago

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