How to Make a Custom EL Wire Extension Cable
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In this tutorial, we will make a custom EL Wire extension cable as an alternative to splicing wire.
This is useful if you need to:
- extend the cable on the EL wire to an EL Inverter
- easily disconnect the EL Wire if the inverter is in an enclosure or attached to a separate piece of clothing
- provide additional flexibility for the cable to move around in wearable projects
To follow along with this project tutorial, you will need the following materials. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.
JST Jumper 2 Wire AssemblyPRT-09914
SparkFun Snappable ProtoboardPRT-13268
You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories.
Weller WLC100 Soldering StationTOL-14228
Solder Lead Free - 100-gram SpoolTOL-09325
You Will Also Need
- Electrical Tape
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
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