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I didn't see it posted here yet, but at the top of the build guide, it says:
"WARNING: It has come to our attention that the strain on the Micro-USB connector from the 1′ (short) USB cable is causing the receptacle on the PCB to become damaged and in some cases pull off of the PCB."
It then goes on to say that you should add a little more solder to the shield pins if you feel comfortable doing so.
I was just wondering if this issue was going to be fixed with this revision or if I should plan on having to do this.
Also wanted to put it out there that I too would like the Alps caps to be available again.
Also, if the 1' (short) USB cable is too short - they recommend using a longer one if possible - will this be shipping with a longer one or should I plan on having a replacement ready?
So Joe FitzPatrick (https://securinghardware.com) mentioned having acquired some "bum" Chromebooks that had issues w/ connections like this (maybe for charging?). He just re-soldered them and attached them to the board w/ epoxy. His point was solder is NOT a structural fixture and connections between components and the board that have stress applied by nature of how devices are treated (cables to external components/power) need to have some structural integrity along with the obvious electrical connection. If you want to secure something to the board... ensure the soldered connections are good then secure it with epoxy.
FYI, the last batch shipped with 2 identical 6-ft USB 3.0 type C cables. Since Revision B, the Infinity ErgoDox no longer uses the Mini or Micro-USB connectors. Everything is either A (full size) or C. The build guide was never updated to reflect this change. Hope this helps.
That does actually help. Thank you.
I thought they mentioned USB-C as opposed to be Micro, but figured I just misread it.
Right, the design now has USB-C and *long* cables.
I also saw the warning about the USB jack on the build-guide one month ago when I was assembling my Dox. Based on that, I specifically inspected the soldering on the USB connectors. To my pleasant surprise, the USB-C jacks were in really good shape. It was unnecessary to add any more solder.