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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

Best Answer 7 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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videogamemastergeo526468

Answer 7 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

1 year ago

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

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wanabegeek

2 years ago

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

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Kiteman

7 years ago

Conductive glue?

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Kitemanvideogamemaster

Answer 7 years ago

It's glue, which is also conductive.

Google is your friend.

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videogamemasterKiteman

Answer 7 years ago

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

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steveastrouk

7 years ago

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

Steve

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videogamemastersteveastrouk

Answer 7 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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steveastroukvideogamemaster

Answer 7 years ago

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

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Jack A Lopezvideogamemaster

Answer 7 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

7 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

7 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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Jack A Lopez

7 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.     ------->


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Dr. Pepper

7 years ago

There are none.

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rickharris

7 years ago

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