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Default Previous FLexDrive units?

Does anyone have any of the last version of FlexDrive? I have some of the newest ones, and they are a pain for me to work with, since my soldering "pen" is so large, and I don't know how to solder really well.


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Yes, I have 3 of them. I would just as soon replace them with the later version. -Glenn
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I have 3 of the V4 (all damaged). I PMed DrLava about repairs. Once I have them repaired/replaced, I'll PM you about the trade. Sound good?
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For me, yes.
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Well, i haven't seen one yet...
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[quote author=Spyderz20x6 link=1236320738/0#6 date=1236367601]Well, i haven't seen one yet...
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[quote author=lasersbee link=1236320738/0#7 date=1236369424][quote author=Spyderz20x6 link=1236320738/0#6 date=1236367601]Well, i haven't seen one yet...
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Aren't the holes about the same size as on the V3s?
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Even if they are the same size as the V3.... you need the appropriate tools
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It's like eating a 3 course meal on a paper plate balanced on your knee while
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Check out the manual to see the different combinations of jumpers you may need to do
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Here's a close up


I've ruined one already de-soldering the little SM components by accident and loosing the pieces and had to re-solder one back on, on another. *:-[

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Aren't the holes about the same size as on the V3s?
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The "holes" are the same size, but you will need a tiny tip to solder the jumpers
Check out the manual to see the different combinations of jumpers you may need to do
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Here's the back side where you have to solder jumpers for the different ranges


Here's a close up


I've ruined one already de-soldering the little SM components by accident and loosing the pieces and had to re-solder one back on, on another. *:-[

Thanks for the pics, DanielPeace,
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Those...

Yeah, i kinda suspected it was gonna be hard so i ordered one with preset current just in case.
Is it hard to solder to the actual diode/battery terminals? Or is it easy just like last time?

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[quote author=lasersbee link=1236320738/0#7 date=1236369424][quote author=Spyderz20x6 link=1236320738/0#6 date=1236367601]Well, i haven't seen one yet...
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The holes are, yes, but the components are in a much less advantageous location. *I've accidentally desoldered as follows:
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[quote author=Spyderz20x6 link=1236320738/0#8 date=1236369622][quote author=lasersbee link=1236320738/0#7 date=1236369424][quote author=Spyderz20x6 link=1236320738/0#6 date=1236367601]Well, i haven't seen one yet...
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Aren't the holes about the same size as on the V3s?
Or do you need a tiny soldering tip?[/quote]

The holes are, yes, but the components are in a much less advantageous location. *I've accidentally desoldered as follows:
One of these:


Two of these:
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Ouch :-/

I always solder to the bottom, anyway...
What kind of iron are you using?
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Oh!!!
Those...
Yeah, i kinda suspected it was gonna be hard so i ordered one with preset current just in case.
Is it hard to solder to the actual diode/battery terminals? Or is it easy just like last time?
Are the holes the same distance apart?

The distance of between the holes doesn't seem to be an issue. There are some components really close to the holes, but if you solder quickly, no problem. I couldn't get the jumper to solder when I ruined the one unit. I held it too long trying to get it to stick.

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