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Author Topic: USB Caps?  (Read 1501 times)
Turhans Bey Company
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« on: September 03, 2010, 12:39:48 am »

I've been dabbling in modifying USB drives and am becoming reasonably comfortable doing so, but I've yet to figure out how to keep the plug protected while not in use. Does anyone have sage advice on how to make snug-fitting caps for USB drives?
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Gozdom
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2010, 05:45:33 pm »

If you work with brass, its easy (sort of). I cut a piece of brass tube and squish it to be the same size as the main case. They take a piece of brass sheet, I use 0.4 mm. Make a W shape where the central bend is actually a U, a little wider than the USB connector. With some adjustment, this should be enough, however, I also punch the inner side of the W where the connector's holes would go. Then solder it into the tube. I'm about to make one so I'll post a WIP sometime next week.

Beware of plastic connectors like on some PQI drives.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2010, 11:06:19 pm »

Here's a WIP for the caps (click image).



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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2010, 11:12:51 pm »


Rubber or silicone O-rings can be handy for making snug push fits.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 10:31:53 pm »

Here's a WIP for the caps (click image).
Thanks! That's very helpful.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 10:38:36 pm »

use a USB socket. trim the legs from it and mount inside your cap.
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DreamHazard
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2010, 01:36:35 am »

use a USB socket. trim the legs from it and mount inside your cap.

cheap USB extender cables for this. they cost pennies Smiley
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Big Daddy
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2010, 01:48:39 pm »

Just try edditing the usb cap  Wink
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