How to make a USB cable for an iPod shuffle

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How to make a USB cable for an iPod shuffle
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While there are several ways of making a USB cable for an iPod Shuffle, most methods rarely work well. In order to make a USB cable for an iPod Shuffle, there are several electrical items you need to gather.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • USB type A connector
  • 4-pole 3.5mm connector
  • Wiring
  • Soldering iron
  • Multimeter
  • Heat-shrinking tube

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gather the USB type A connector, as well as the 4-pole 3.5mm connector. Connect all the points between the two through the aid of the wires. These contact points are small and not easy to locate. (See References for a graphic description)

  2. 2

    Solder the contact points with a soldering iron, making sure that you leave no space between connections. In order to cross-check the shorts between connections, use of a multimeter. To ensure a smooth operation, cross-check whether any solder has actually spilt between the contacts. In case there are traces of solder, remove them as soon as possible --- leaving them might lead to a short circuit and ruin your iPod Shuffle.

  3. 3

    Use the heat shrinking tube as a suitable mechanism for cleaning the area completely, making the operation neat and tidy.

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