If you're looking for pointers on how to make your own DIY USB cables using one of our kits,
you're in the right place. You may require scissors, a flame (i.e. lighter) and heat (e.g. heat gun)
to perform this build. If you have opted for a soldered connector, you will require a soldering iron and solder.
Ensure that your kit contains the following: our data cable and paracord at the correct lengths, 2 pieces of heat shrink, the metal housing for each adapter, the USB adapters themselves and, if selected, our Techflex double braiding. Our cable, paracord and double braiding will be cut to size but may require shortening.
If you opted for our long end solderless USB-A connector, you'll observe that two of the cores within one end of your data cable have been unsheathed. Use this end to make your USB-A connection.
Our demonstration cable is fire engine red with the solderless long USB-A and solderless mini USB connectors. It features thicc white heatshrink and our carbon Techflex double braiding.
First, take your USB-A connector and one end of your data cable. Simply unsheath 1cm of white insulation and slide the 4 cores in to the sockets like this. Then, firmly affix the top part of the USB adapter to the main body of the adapter by pinching it together. Ensure that the top part of the adapter lies flush with the main body.
Take your paracord and remove the strands from inside. Then, tape the exposed end of your USB cable. You can now slide the paracord along the USB cable. Be patient; it may be fiddly. Make sure that the paracord is flush, or close to flush, with the connector. If chosen, perform the same task for our Techflex. Now you can check your fit. You should see your cable beginning to take shape.
At this point, we can make a start on the other end of the cable. As before, insert the 4 cores like this.
If you have opted for our soldered USB-C connectors, you should solder the 4 cores like this.
We can now affix the metal housing over this end of the cable and clamp it down over the paracord. The cable should now look like this.
Return to the other end of the cable and add its housing which, when complete and clamped, will look like this.
All that is left to do is place the heatshrink over the USB adaptors. Patiently and gently apply heat with a heat gun, hairdryer or similar. This will leave you with an awesome looking cable!