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Awesome work! Could you go a little more into how you accomplished the LED and aquabus connector mods for the Farbwerk?

The new LED (as I mentioned in the thread) is a Kingbright L-13PWC-Z 2mm Flat top white LED - This is the most similar Cool White LED part to the one already fitted to the power adjusts when manufactured. Shoggy gave me the part details for the original blue LED in the Aquaero owners thread, and I just looked up spec sheets on a electronic component retailer to confirm the most suitable replacement part. Unsurprisingly it is from the same manufacturer.

Bascially to do the LED mod you need to desolder the exisiting blue LED's and replace them with the white ones. It is easy to locate the right pins on the PA's as the LED is the only component on the reverse side of the PCB and therefore the only pins visible on the main side of the board, they are near to both the USB and aquabus connectors.

Some tips on desoldering the LEDs:
1) Use a good soldering Iron with a clean tip
2) The best trick I discovered was to apply a tiny bit of new solder (with flux) to the component legs I was removing first - I assume this is because the new flux helps melt all the solder in the joint
3) I then use pliers to remove/prise off the LED while heating up the back of the relevant two solder pins - I did not firstly remove all the solder from the pins as it seemed easier to just melt the solder when there is good conatct and pull the component off the board when the solder is all liquid.
4) Once the component is off of the board I then use copper desoldering braid to clean up the holes to allow the new LED part to be inserted
5) You need to take care not to let the soldering iron touch the plastic parts of nearby connectors.

The same basic principles applies for the connectors (except they are 4 pins so a bit harder to heat all at once) - desolder them and replace with replacement black versions - I bought the black ones from Kustom PC's in the UK - but moddiy in HK also do the same part called "3+1 pin fan connector" I think.

I ceratinly wouldn't call myself an expert when it comes to soldering, so it is probably something a reasonably confident hobbyist like myself can do. Bear in mind that it definitely invaldiates the warranty on the any device you do this on so don't try it unless you can afford for something to go wrong!
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Very impressive work going on here. I love the attention to detail. Perhaps a custom power distribution board for the Aquaero, Power-adjusts, and Fabwerk? Keep up the excellent work.

Thats kind of what I am thinking of doing - There is a little space inside the caselabs case above the drive bays (its about 25mm/1inch tall) I am trying to work out if i can shoe horn a 1:7 (input:output) molex power multiplexer in there.

At the same time I am wondering also about how to handle all the aquabus wiring this build will need. Additionally to the 4xPA3's 2xFabwerk and 1xAC6 I have a realtime clock module, Aqualis reservoir, 2x Aquacomputer D5 pumps and a flow meter. This stuff may also be nice to multiplex, but I need to look into Aquabus wiring a little more
Edited by alstorm - 12/14/15 at 5:44am
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Aquacomputer (part III) - Multiplexer / Molex power & Aqaubus distribution

Whilst it is technically possible to sleeve an 8 headed molex power cable, I didn't much fancy trying it as I remember the amount of swearing the four way molex cable caused when I built my last rig. biggrin.gif - This is the reason that in the last post I mentioned I was looking to build a "multiplexer" or power distribution board for the aquacomputer parts - my requirements for a multiplexer would be primarily be just to split the 4-pin molex power eight ways (1 input to 7 outputs). I also thought it might be neat if I could make the overall cabling a bit "tidier" by some clever layout of the distribution board. At the same time I thought it would also handle some of the aquabus wiring.


I wanted to build it out of the way as much as possible and make the cabling of the aquacomputer, PA3's and fabwerks as easy as possible. After some thought I realised it had to be close to the top of the drive bay area inside the M8 case. The gap above the drive bays is pretty small but I thought with some clever positioning it might be possible to build a very small multiplexer for both molex power and aquabus. The space I had to work with was 170 x 23mm so not very much!


I started by cutting some acrylic to act as a base plate - I realised that mounting a PCB directly to the case might be more problematic as the back side of the PCB will need a lot of wiring - Using a baseplate will alleviate that problem and maybe offer more rigidity


I cut a matching segment of strip board too


I worked on a layout that "should" enable vertical runs of molex cable down to the poweradjusts and fabwerks - time will tell if I can get it perfectly vertical
I also positioned some 3 pin connectors to build an aquabus distribution system - the positioning of these connectors enables vertical drops also
You can see from this image the configuration of the PA3 and FW devices.


Marking some drill holes - the molex headers I have need larger holes than on the stripboard - the other holes are mounting points



Testing the mounting of PCB and baseplate


Completed baseplate with carbon vinyl wrap and standoffs


Painted Stripboard


Molex connectors and fan headers all soldered on


Complete unit - wired up and checked out with a multimeter


In position held with blutac - I think this looks like it will do very nicely indeed

This will be mounted into the case eventually with some velcro, by doing that I hope to have enough play to get perfectly vertical runs of sleeved cables down to the devices that need power. The next steps are to build some cables and thoroughly test the multiplexer
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Very nice! Still following along smile.gif

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I'm still following along as well.. I really like all the attention to detail.
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Impressive work subbed for sure !!!!
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Thanks for the positive comments - It is definitely time for another update

Aquacomputer (part IV) - Aquaero 6 mods
So after the mods I did to the fabwerks to change the fan connectors to black I got to looking at the aquaero 6 itself! The white connectors on that were begging to be changed every time I looked at it. In the end I thought it would look a bit odd if I didn't do likewise with the Aquaero itself - ofc the difference here is the significant difference in cost and the obvious risk of invalidating the warranty through damage - of course this is OCN and warranties are not really designed for modders thumb.gif


Standard AC6 - note the fan connectors (white), side panels (silver/metal), and standoffs chrome - I think its time this got some attention!

I looked up some stuff online on de-soldering and saw many recommendations for a product called chip quick. Its basically designed to make the job of de-soldering easier and somewhat safer for the board and nearby components that may be more heat sensitive. Its really designed for surface mount IC's but I did see a video where a few through hole components got de-soldered too.


Chip quik and the AC6 board ready to de-solder in my board stand.


After some careful de-soldering and around 45 mins work - I have a "nude" AC6

The chipquik melts fast and the flux helps it along even further. What it allows you to do is keep the solder around multiple pins liquid for longer (even after removing the iron) with the idea that you can the remove the component more easily.I found it really was quite runny, and, a little bit messy! - but I cleaned up the holes with some copper de-soldering braid and cleaned the flux/resing with the wipes included in the chip quik pack.


Back to the solder station and 20 mins later I have an all black AC6 - a quick test in the PC confirms its alive - I will test the fan connectors and aqaubus stuff later, but I am reasonably confident all is OK.


Black face place installed, but not screwed down - the motherboard standoffs also got swapped for black nylon versions , these won't be seen in the final assembly, but lets keep things all black eh?


Thermal pads ready for the passive heatsink


Black Heatsink, black bolts and black side panels - looking mean!


Top view


Front view showing the black countersunk bolts and faceplate


Detail of heatsink

These final shots are including the caselab mounts and shims (painted black) - I wrapped electrical tape around the edge of the boards - this is done for a few reasons, mostly its to prevent light bleeding from the backlight of the display into the case, but it also helps to prevent dust collecting between the boards and maybe looks a little neater. I guess the only negative may be thermal issues, but I am not convinced the display will get that warm to encounter such things.



Together with the PA3 and fabwerk frames it looks really nice

I really love how this turned out - the photographs don't it do it 100% justice, and hopefully what I have in mind for the cabling will make the end result look really good.
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I wrapped electrical tape around the edge of the boards - this is done for a few reasons, mostly its to prevent light bleeding from the backlight of the display into the case, but it also helps to prevent dust collecting between the boards and maybe looks a little neater. I guess the only negative may be thermal issues, but I am not convinced the display will get that warm to encounter such things.

Great work so far - Attention to detail....thumb.gif

As far as the tape is concerned - it will have zero impact on any thermal issues.

When I purchased my first 6XT I had the very same concerns regarding dust building up inside the display.

In my case I sandwiched some thin foam around the perimeter of the front plastic window and actual LCD display. this effectively seals the insides of the display 100% from dust.

Mine has been working without issues for around 1.5yrs now with the display all sealed up.
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Work has been progressing on some cabling, so time for an update with some nice sleeved cables!

Aquacomputer (part V) - Molex power & Aquabus wiring
To get the aquacomputer and its associated modules up and running, I needed to make quite a few cables - The multiplexer was designed to distribute both molex power and aquabus signals - All of these would need some custom cabling....


Some white wires for the molex power cables (18 AWG)

Every cable in the build will be custom built or modified from an existing product - my usual method this time around will consist of twisting and tinning all of the cable ends, and then using the soldering iron to heat up the tinned part and tack them into place in the pin housing before crimping. This builds a permanent bond between the wire and the pin, and should ensure that I can be confident that no cables will come loose or break when used. It also makes them a little easier to actually crimp as you can be confident the wire won't move against the pin during the crimping process - You just have to make sure not to use too much solder so the crimping will actually work.



After making the wires they get sleeved with Teleios sleeve - these are white and Dark gray 4mm sleeve
I used the heatshrink-less method to do this - its my first time using this method (the last build had shrinked wires) and it is soooo much easier to do it this way, and IMO looks a lot neater too.



I also used some stealth combs to hold the wires together - these two images above are from the middle of the construction


Adding the second cable to the "bridge"...


To power all of the aquacomputer modules I need six power inputs - three "bridges" each carrying two cables.


A test fit....


...and then tested by powering up.

Before poweitng up I checked (and double checked) every pin in every connection on the multiplexer and checked every cable one at a time with a multi-meter on continuity mode, once I was confident all was OK I connected things up one at a time. I really don't want to fry anything through being too hasty so I took this bit slowly.


Next up were some aquabus cables (basically these are 3 pin fan jumpers) - I am using the same methods of tacking the wire to the crimp connector with solder.
Note that the two connectors on these wires are at 90 degrees to each other - To reduce strain on the final cable every aquabus jumper cable is made taking care to get the crimps facing the correct way.



You can see the effect of the orientation of the crimps slightly better in these shots of the final cables - The top image has connectors facing the same way, the bottom one they are at 90 degrees to each other. This allows them to be put in place without twisting.


With both the molex power and aquabus cables made it was time to see how they all fitted together - I really like the end result, as it is pretty much exactly what i envisaged. The next steps are some finishing touches to this and to install and fully test it in the case.
Edited by alstorm - 1/24/16 at 6:51am
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Man that is some killer cable work! Really like it!

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WOW there is some incredibly creative stuff going on in here!! Late sub!
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