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jking31cs
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Sep 25, 2017
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So I got mine a couple of weeks ago and loved the build on the planck kit itself. The PCB worked like a charm, soldering switches onto it was no sweat, and it was great to type on once I got the hang of it. The biggest problem I had was that my gateron brown switches and the key caps didn't *quite* match up. What I mean is that pulling up the keycap also completely pulled off the stem and cover of the switch, doing some damage to my contact points as well. I managed to jerry-rig it to work for about 3 weeks, where my escape key and tab keys were pretty iffy. Today, my tab switch is broken, as the contacts are now stuck and the keyboard isn't really usable :(.
I wonder how difficult it would be to desolder my switches and replace them with new, better quality switches. Has anyone done that before and have a tutorial for desoldering? I think I have a solder sucker with my solder kit, but I've not used it before. I got this kit as a fun little toy to screw around with so I'm not terribly disappointed with the product, just that the switches fell apart so easily.
Sep 25, 2017
Tyler927
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Sep 25, 2017
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Bummer! This happened to my Pok3r last week, theres quite a few videos on desoldering you can watch on YouTube. I tried to do it with my kit solder pump and it did not work very well, it just would not pull the solder up. I ended up pulling the switch out but it ended up breaking the contact on the PCB, so now my PCB is ruined for the escape key :/ So I recomend getting some Desoldering Braid, especially if you plan on desoldering all the switches. Just replacing your broken switches would be a lot easier though. Good luck!
Sep 25, 2017
EpicFlyman
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Sep 28, 2017
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Actually had the cap removal issue with my mx browns. I think it's more of a tolerance issue with the keycaps than anything else. Probably off spec by like half a millimeter.
Sep 28, 2017
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