Does the WiiKey allow for wire installation?

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  1. bttfpromo
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    I may want to replace it sooner or later, so can I use wires instead of quicksolder?
     
  2. MaHe

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    Yes, it does. [​IMG]
     
  3. shtonkalot

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    In theory there is no reason why any quicksolder chip could not be installed with wires.
    I would only use wires to install the WiiKey myself.
     
  4. Bali

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    Wire or quicksolder, does it really matter? You can always desolder and remove it all, wire or quicksolder.
     
  5. iza

    iza gbatemp, the new crack

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    i've heard it was difficult if you use quicksolder... but i'm still a noob, so if i use wires, all i have to do is solder them to the quicksolder points, and then to the points on the PCB where the quicksolder would be?
     
  6. shtonkalot

    shtonkalot Can't hold on much longer, But I'll never let go!

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    You ever removed something that's been "quicksoldered"? It's a pain in the arse.
    The solder flows under the joint making it difficult to either suck up or draw away. The multiple solder points holding down the chip mean you cannot just pull up the chip while the solder is hot. unless you have 5 soldering irons going at once or something [​IMG]
     
  7. hoass169

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    So what type of wires would be best? Somebody on the forums said they used Phone wire and I guess it worked for him. I just want to be sure I use the right kind of wire for the chip.
     
  8. iza

    iza gbatemp, the new crack

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    i'm guessing any type should work, i bet there is a better current when using cleaner metals. but conductivity is conductivity....
     
  9. Warm Woolly Shee

    Warm Woolly Shee GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Wires are pretty much required for Wiikey.

    Due to its thickness, quicksoldering 4 of the pads would be much, much harder than wires.
    Seriously, look at this crap:

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    That had to be tough!

    If you're a pro, you can quicksolder a wiikey, but if you don't know what you're doing, better go with wires.

    30AWG is the wire to use. Radioshack has it:
    http://tinyurl.com/yqvc6s
     
  10. mslugx

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    can anybody post a pic on how the wires should be routed on the wii if i solder wiikey? Thank you very much.
     
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    Anyone who asks this type of question really shouldn't be soldering.
     
  13. joedodgy

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    i would highly recommend NOT quick soldering the wiikey.. the design of the PCB is a bad fit / borderline bad design.. if you try and line it up you'll see what i mean..

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