I'm looking to get a custom keyboard cable but there's a catch - my keyboard cable is currently hardwired. The solutions I've come up with are either to use a janky solution where I use solder splices to connect the wires inside of my mechanical keyboard to a USB C Female to USB 2.0 or micro USB male adapter, however this is janky as I said before. The only other solution I've found is to solder the wires to a USB type C breakout board, however I do not have a soldering iron and that would drive up the cost of the whole thing by a massive amount.

While I'm sure you guys will probably recommend that I get a soldering iron due to how undeniably useful they can be, this is more of a one time thing so getting a soldering iron specifically for this is a bit iffy. I was wondering how I could do this without soldering and still with a pretty reliable connection.

  • \$\begingroup\$ please post a picture of the board in question \$\endgroup\$
    – jsotola
    Nov 29, 2020 at 2:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ something like this digikey.com/en/products/detail/adafruit-industries-llc/4090/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Zayden
    Nov 29, 2020 at 2:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ soldering irons start at 10c (heat a nail up using a gas flame) \$\endgroup\$ Nov 29, 2020 at 2:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ don't forget that you may need a soldering iron for other projects, so it may make sense to buy one ... or, make one, as @Jasen suggested ... wrap some heavy copper around a long nail and attach a wooden handle ... the copper would store heat ... a flattened copper pipe would work ... put the nail in the middle before you flatten it, then kind of roll it up \$\endgroup\$
    – jsotola
    Nov 29, 2020 at 2:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ A cheap piece of crap, but it'll do what you need for a one time deal. \$\endgroup\$
    – JRE
    Nov 29, 2020 at 2:45

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