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You need a tool that crimps the dupont connectors onto the wire.
E.g.: these crimpers on amazon.
mainframecustoms.com sells the molex brand pins as well as headers and quality wire for a good price. Go to Amazon and buy iWiss brand crimpers
You don't even need to buy wire, you could use the stock wires after you've shortened them. Just buy maybe 25 or so extra to get the hang of crimping before you start on your project.
I bought this cheap crimping tool a month ago and have had decent results so far
iwiss crimping tool
I found that you really have to play/test out how to get the best results. Pay attention that you get the wire stripped just right, twist the ends, load the metal piece into the tool and crimp.
Often I have to squeeze the insulation gripping part of the connector before loading into the crimping tool to narrow it a bit (fits crimping tool better). For some of my connectors I have to smash it after too so it slides into the plastic sheath (blame connector more than tool).
Duponts seem to be ok. Other connectors just have to make sure you don’t bend over the pin that locks it into place (or maybe pry it up a bit).
I was impatient at first, but found that once I tried to understand how it crimps, how they lock into the plastic connector it gets easier. Need a little patience, but at the rate I make connectors that ok, just for hobby stuff not doing it full time.
I do feel that the cheaper connector kits I bought give me more trouble than the crimping tool. Got what I paid for, but works mostly and if I have to redo I just get more practice.
You buy the $25 ratcheting ones from amazon.
I have some $600 - $900 crimpers, but DuPont like in the picture doesn’t require it.
There’s a lot of skill involved with it, don’t solder your wires to the pins, take the time and get good with them.
IWISS SN-28B Crimping Tool for AWG28-18 Dupont Pins [link]
This is the crimping tool I'm using. It seems ok, and had good reviews on Amazon. I will say that I'm having a hard time with the "pre-crimp," in that if I go all the way to 3 clicks, it's too far, so I'm having to stop at 2 clicks. Not sure that's causing an issue, though. I'm using 18 ga wire.
Based on some of the other comments, I'm pretty sure I was carrying the sleeving up too far, and that was making it hard to get the pin in the hole. I've back the sleeving up/trimmed some of it down, and it's going a little better.
Thanks for the response!
Someone pointed me to this crimp tool as the "original" that the other Chinese tools are cloning. I don't know if that's true, but the IWiss tool has lots of really good reviews. Also says it works with the Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 connector, which I think is the sort of connector the 6-pin GPU power connections use?
Paracord works well too, but it's just more difficult sleeving it without a threading tool. Mainframe sells that too, and I'm not sure which places will be much cheaper. Also I bought this crimping tool, and it works just as well. Just make sure you use the middle slot.
Oh ok! Yeah, I was looking at Audiopipe as well, just because of the ridiculously low price. I'm beginning to think this crimper won't be able to do it.
I have printed many of his components for my c-bot printer and his stuff is very well thought out. I went bigger and I am sure that I will run into some tech hurdles to overcome because of the size and weight of my bed but your excellent prints give me hope! For DuPont connectors I picked up an iswiss ratcheting DuPont connector crimper. Click Here
If you didn't get the ratcheting on it is worth the money. I would insert the connector. Crimp down until the tabs that grip the wire insulation would bow slightly, and then insert my wire and finish the crimp. Worked like a champ!
Nevermind, Amazon show other crimps/connectors, makes perfect sense for low voltage wiring.
I use this: https://www.amazon.com/IWISS-Professional-Compression-Ratcheting-Wire-electrode/dp/B00OMM4YUY/
It's identical to the MDPCX crimper. MDPCX milled out the middle jaws a slight bit, but the original works just fine.
I use the pin remover from mainframe, it works really well and has replicable pins.
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You need the following parts:
I don't know if OP used a specialized crimping tool, but I highly recommend purchasing one. I use a tool from iwiss to crimp the F*in molex pins and plugs. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OMM4YUY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
I'm going to copy/paste a response to someone else below this on the same topic in regards to sleeving and custom length psu cables. I have a background of being a car mechanic and have always messed around with electronics so making cables and crimps is pretty normal to me. I'd say the only thing you really need to look up is how to remove the pins and crimp new molex pins onto wires. Basically all I did on mine was cut and shorten the cables to fit where I needed them. I decided I didn't need/want to sleeve the cables even though I bought the materials to do so. The psu cables are black anyway and are much easier to bend and shape where I want them and as of right now don't have a see through side panel on my M1. Happy modding man, and if you want any more info feel free to PM me, I'm far from a expert but can help out.
I wanted to make my own length cables so I bought all the tools/supplies to do it myself. I got the sleeving, heat shrink, molex pins, pin removal tool from Mod-One, which is not a part of Titan Rig. Then I got a way cheaper but just as good imho crimping tool from Amazon, and a some small flush cut pliers to make life easier. Just do some slight measurements to see how much sleeving you would need and then get a little extra. The crimpers are tad expensive but worth it vs the manual non ratcheting style which I also have, it gives you perfect crimps and doesn't bend the pin at all.
It was a little nerve wrecking at first as you can fry something if you are not careful and cross some wires. I did my PCIE cables as they were the most annoying to look at and did one at a time. Pull pin out, cut cord to length, crimp pin and insert into connector. I would recommend buying the 1 piece 8 pin connector if doing that as it's easier to plug in then what most 6+2 connectors that come with PSU. I found a pin-out cheat sheet for my Silverstone PSU(all modern Silverstone PSU's use the same pin-outs I've learned from emailing them) to double check my SATA and PCIE pins. I didn't end up sleeving them as I was unsure if I wanted to stick to my Noctua color scheme, but plan to in the future. Was just nice to remove all the excess wiring I had bunched up and zip tied together.
If you enjoy tinkering and have the time it can be fun and really satisfying to do. Have a little before/after album
I've read good reviews about it, but I prefer ratcheting crimp tools. I bought a cheap ratcheting crimp tool off of Amazon and it does the job.
This site is a great resource for various crimp terminals and features comparisons between the official tools and the PA-09.
Sleeved extensions weren't possible for me so I wanted to make my own length cables so I bought all the tools/supplies to do it myself. I got the sleeving, heat shrink, molex pins, pin removal tool from Mod-One, which is not a part of Titan Rig. Then I got a way cheaper but just as good imho crimping tool from Amazon, and a some small flush cut pliers to make life easier. Just do some slight measurements to see how much sleeving you would need and then get a little extra. The crimpers are tad expensive but worth it vs the manual non ratcheting style which I also have, it gives you perfect crimps and doesn't bend the pin at all.
yep, it's this one: [link]
and looks like it's actually $25, not $15. if you search for dupont crimper it looks like there is a $15 one, although if you do go through with it, i would just suggest getting that first linked one...as that's what everyone uses and you get what you pay for. i like to get my wire, terminals and connectors from mainframe customs but i haven't really price shopped around much. i've put in a couple amazon orders while waiting on shipments from them. may be a tad bit more expensive but you do get it in 2 days..
IWISS Crimping Tools for Dupont Professional Pin Compression Ratcheting Modular Insulated Terminal Crimper Pin 2.54mm 3.96mm 28-18AWG 0.1-1.0mm2 with [link]
Baomain Red Female Insulated... [link]
I didn’t buy the wire strippers on amazon, but here’s a link to a nice pair
WGGE WG-015 Professional crimping tool/Multi-Tool Wire Stripper and Cutter (Multi-Function Hand Tool) [link]
So, for the crimper?
The connectors for the crimper:
(I guess I thought there would be some sort of M-to-M/150mm-to-254mm connector that would snap right into the breadboard, which would look cool, and help with prototyping. But I cant find any.)
Link to crimpers https://www.amazon.com/IWISS-Professional-Compression-Ratcheting-Wire-electrode/dp/B00OMM4YUY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1546996745&sr=8-3&keywords=iwiss+crimping+tool
I use this one from Amazon. I've heard the MDPC one is better, but it's $60, vs. $23 for the Amazon one.
LPT: Cut the PWM off and convert the fan to miniMolex(GPU) plug. It'll save a fuckton of space and manage any excess of cable.
Buy extra connector plugs and sockets. Practice a few times with the crimper tool if you've never done this refit before.
Source: Converted Noctua NF-A9 for GPU fan for Founders GTX1080 and NZXT G10
Not to sound too much like an Amazon shill, but here's what I bought:
IWISS Crimping Tools for Dupont Professional Pin Compression Ratcheting Modular Insulated Terminal Crimper Pin 2.54mm 3.96mm 28-18AWG 0.5-1.0mm2 with Wire-electrode Cutting Die
Hilitchi 560Pcs 2.54mm JST-XHP 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Pin housing and Male / Female Pin Head Connector Adapter Plug Set
I don't know where you're located, but I bought this one
But sweet God I can't imagine doing it without a tool.
Same one another guy recommended
You need one of these, it's easier than soldering.