An open source external module for the TS100 soldering iron that allows you to power the Iron from a USB-C Power Delivery PSU
Designed by Brian Lough, the Flex-C-Friend is an open source external module for the TS100 soldering iron that allows you to power the Iron from a USB-C Power Delivery PSU, including compatible battery banks.
It makes use of XT60 to Barrel jack cables available for the TS100 to provide a very flexible and heat resistant cable to connect to the TS100, as most USB-C cables are not ideal for soldering with.
Why The XT60 connector?
Having an XT60 connector allows the use of pre-existing cables for the TS100 that are normally used to power it from LiPO battery packs. These cables are excellent quality, they are very flexible and also heat resistant.
What Is Included?
- Assembled Flex-C-Friend PCB.
- Transparent Heat Shrink.
- 45CM Miniware Branded XT60 to barrel jack cable.
What Else Is Required?
- TS100 Soldering Iron
- Compatible USB-C Power Delivery PSU - More details in the "Power Supply" section.
Power Supply & Power Selection Switch
The Flex-C-Friend is designed to work with USB-C Power Delivery supplies. Power Delivery (PD) is a specific type of standard for USB-C PSUs, it will usually be labeled on the product listing and on the side/bottom of the PSU.
PD supplies can support a range of different voltage levels, and to ensure compatibility with most PD supplies, the Flex-C-Friend has a switch that allows you to configure what voltage is requested from the PSU.
To help illustrate what to do, here are some instructions that are sure to bring back some flat-pack related traumas in your life!
To put the above into words:
- Look at the capabilities of your PD supply and do one of the following
- If it supports 20V with 2.4A or more, set the switch to 20V
- If it supports 15V with 1.8A or more, set the switch to 15V
The TS100 will heat up faster using 20V, but it will not work if the supply does not support enough current!
For more details, check out the projects Github page
If you still aren't sure, please reach out to Brian on his discord