Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: making cables

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 24, 2012
    Posts
    343
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked 34 Times in 21 Posts

    Default making cables

    I want to start making my own db25 cables. What kind of crimper do I.need for the pins?

    Thanks in advance


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 21, 2011
    Posts
    4,947
    Thanks
    5,131
    Thanked 8,704 Times in 2,391 Posts
    Country: Canada

    Default

    Buy a soldering iron instead. Crimping is unreliable.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Will No Longer Registered

    Default

    Soldering is less expensive. The correct crimp tool IS very expensive as are the pins and housings.

  4. #4
    theplague No Longer Registered

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Soldering is less expensive. The correct crimp tool IS very expensive as are the pins and housings.
    Last I checked the pin crimper is $35 from fry's and you can get pins down as low as $.20 or so if you shop around and buy in quantity.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 29, 2012
    Location
    Great Black Swamp Midwest USA
    Posts
    287
    Thanks
    93
    Thanked 179 Times in 81 Posts
    Country: United States

    Default

    In this case, soldering is your best choice.
    You may also want to get some heat shrink tubing for each wire to terminal joint.
    Common sense is Uncommon.
    You can't fix stupid, but eventually it takes care of itself.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 14, 2012
    Posts
    194
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 59 Times in 19 Posts

    Default

    u need cable + digikey # L717SDB25P-ND and 17E-1726-1-ND

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 08, 2012
    Location
    Oregon Territory
    Posts
    194
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked 154 Times in 103 Posts

    Default

    I use a crimper and rarely have any issues with reliability on DB25.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 24, 2012
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts

    Default

    The crimp tool does not have to be expensive. You might not stop using it if you buy it. I bought just the die (99-8644) for less than $15. It sort of works on other open crimp terminals like speaker connector pins but there are two steps on this die and they are set up for d-shell connector pins.

    Soldering wires is unreliable. You can make a good crimp and a bad crimp but soldering wires is forbidden in many uses because wires break. Truth is if you can get your wires soldered into the solder cups then your cable will probably be okay and hold up. But if you want something that will never break the closest you can get is stranded wire, machine crimped onto a terminal with an insulation support. Some might argue for a mold filled connector body but that is not serviceable and it is even less likely you can do that at home (and soldering inside the mold is still considered cheap, for instance the db25 on the spectra control cable is crimped, the giveaway is the missing pins were never inserted into the db-shell.)