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Make your solder board Hotswap-able™
0305-2-15-80-47-80-10-0 Tin-plated over Nickel 3.94mm length
7305-0-15-15-47-27-10-0 Gold-plated over Nickel 2.67mm length
These are super tiny, recommended to buy extras for the ones that get dropped or lost.
- Require 2 per switch
- need to be soldered to the PCB
- get a few extra
Best HOWTOs out there, let me know if I need to elaborate here. Posted with permission.
0305 - These are reasonably cheap, and fit damn near any keyboard. Compared to the 7305, they have a thicker lip, but in my experience this has caused no issues (stablizers return properly). The drawbacks to this socket are it's long tail. If you're using a board with very tight spacing, they may be too tall and touch the bottom of the board. You can fix this by sanding the bottoms, but that's a lot of work. P/N used: 0305-2-15-80-47-80-10-0
7305 - These are just about identical to the 0305, but they have a shorter tail and shorter lip. The short tail makes them ideal for those tight builds I mentioned before. They're gold plated depending on the exact model you select. These are one size fits all, but they're annoying as heck to install due to the short tail. When I buy these, I always buy 10 extra because it's nearly impossible to get through an entire build without borking a few and getting solder inside. P/N used: 7305-0-15-15-47-27-10-0
For all soldering: use a small tip and use thin solder. Recommended to use kester 0.031 in. 24-6337-0027
0305 and 7305:
Put sockets on a switch.
Insert switch where it belongs, with sockets on the legs.
Repeat 1-4 until done. Use like 10 switches at a time. Use switches you don't care about so that when you inevitably solder a socket into it, it's no biggie.
When you put keycaps on your stablizers, it might push the PCB off of the switches. I like to leave the board open until switches AND caps are installed, push everything to fit again, then close up the case.
God tier QOL upgrade: add something non-conductive underneath the PCB to prevent the above issue and just to keep the PCB from backing off in general. Bumpons or shelf liner are great for this.