Solder USB-cable to Arduino UNO (clone)

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Introduction: Solder USB-cable to Arduino UNO (clone)

It saves some space in a case and sometimes it is easier to solder a cable to an Arduino than to plug and unplug it every time. Once tested it is the one plug less to worry about. - So let's see how it works.

Step 1: Peel Your USB-Cable

To start remove a board with of your cables outer insulation and pre apply some solder to every of wires.

Step 2: Add Stress Relief

To avoid an early tear-out of the cable, we wrap the cable through one of the mouting holes (which will not be available any more for screws, but who cares ;-)

Step 3: Sodler the Wire to the USB-Connector Pins

Now we can solder the pins of the USB-Cable to the bottom of the Arduino. Be sure to follow exactly the same scheme:

White -- Green

Red -- Black

Step 4: Test It

Before we finish the build, just test if you can upload the "blink" sketch as usually.

Step 5: Add Some Magic Isolations (aka Hot Glue)

To add some more stress resistance, add a big blob of hot glue.

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    7 Discussions

    I have just setup mine. the soldering is widely and it does not look great but i made it with old wires from around the house. and it works great. I haven't tested how robust it is yet but i found that putting some epoxy over the connectors made them stay apart the hot glue is not really needed. but it's good for support.

    Thanks for the instructable!

    The ultimate laziness project, but yeah its cool nevertheless. Now i want to make a dock for the arduino instead now, so all I have to do is plop it down and it'll be connected.

    2 replies

    No problem to make a docking station - the solution is call "pogo pins" ;-)

    You can't just 'plop down an Arduino'; It's not an iPhone. To start with you might have breadboards and fragile components connected and a dock would kind of be overkill. But if you make a working permanent project out of it, why not? It could be a Music System, a Phone or even a Tablet. The possibilities are endless!

    Nevertheless, I'll post an Instructable once I make one of my own.

    You could also try to solder a standard micro-USB female connector in place of the USB connector, so you can use any phone data cable