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Wires for Arcade Button

The arcade button will need three new pieces of wire. These should be about 4 inches in length. I picked 2 red colored wires and a single black one. A red and black wire pair will connect the LED from the button to VERTER. The single red wire will connect to the motor and VERTER.

LED Button Connections

We'll need to familiar ourselves with the electrical leads on bottom of the arcade button. Total of four, 2 sets of 2. The lower two leads are for the embed LED. The upper two leads are for the momentary switch. Use icon in the center as a visual reference for the correct orientation.

  • Anode(+) on the RIGHT
  • Cathode(–) on the LEFT

Tinning Button

I tinned the four leads of the arcade button by adding a bit of solder to each. This just makes it easier to attach the wires to them. I was able to secure the button to the jaws of the  panavise jr. so it was stable while soldering.

Wired LED

Attach the red and black wires to the leads that are connected to the embedded LED. The anode (positive) connection is the one on the right while the cathode (negative) is on the left when referencing the previous photo with the wire lengths.

Add Motor Wire

Now we can attach the single wire to one of the two remaining electrical leads. It doesn't matter which one since we'll be connect the motor to the remaining lead.

Button Box

Before we hook up these wires to the motor and board, we'll need to panel mount the body of the arcade button to the button box. Grab em' and get ready to install it!

Install Button to Box

Start by inserting the wires from the arcade button through the top of the bottom box. Them press the body through the hole until the flange is flush with the surface of the box. It should have a loose fit, so no need to screw it in.

Installed Button

Now grab the included plastic hex nut and thread the wires through the nut while fastening it onto the threading of the arcade button. Twist to screw the hex nut until its fully tightened the arcade button to the box.

Install Box to Frame

Next up we'll work on attaching the frame to the button box. I used two short M2.5 sized flat Phillips machine screws and hex nuts to join and secure the two parts together. You can optionally use glue or other adhesives if you'd like.

Install Hardware

Line up the holes on the side of the frame and button box. Then, while holding the two parts together, I inserted the screws through the inside of the frame while fastening with a screwdriver. I held a hex nut on the tip of my index finger on the other side of the box while fastening. Repeated the process for the second screw.

Secured Button Box

Here's the two pieces secured together with machine screws and hex nuts. I think it works very well and you don't have wait for glue to dry so thats nice. 

Solder Motor Wire to Button

With the arcade button now panel mounted to the box, we can continue to work on wiring up the components. We'll need to connect the red positive connection from the DC motor to the last available lead on the arcade button – should be next to the single red wire.

Connect Button to VERTER

Now we can connect the single red wire from the arcade button to the positive connection on VERTER.

Connect LED to VERTER

Next up we can connect the voltage and ground wires connected to the LED on the button to the 5V and G labeled pins on VERTER. The 5V pin voltage pin connects to the positive (anode) connection. The G (ground) pin connects to the negative (cathode) connection.

Test Circuit

Now we can test the circuit we have so far. Turning on the slide switch should power on VERTER and the LED in the arcade button. If not, double check your work and ensure you have solid solder joints. 

This guide was first published on Mar 14, 2018. It was last updated on Mar 14, 2018. This page (Button) was last updated on Nov 20, 2019.