Wire Lengths

We'll need access the USB port on the CPX once it is embedded inside the arcade button. So we'll need to DIY a USB cable so that we can still connect the CPX. We'll need five wires to create a micro USB cable.

Wire Tinning

I suggest using 30AWG silicone coated wires. Different colored wires allows you to tell the connections apart from each other. Using wire stripper, remove a bit of insulation from each wire. To prevent the strands of wires from fraying, you can add a bit of solder to tin them.

Soldering Connector

We'll need to solder these wires to the male micro USB connector. Due to the tiny pads, this can be quite difficult – A pointy tipped soldering iron is recommended. Follow the circuit diagram to get the proper connections.

DIY USB Connector

Once soldered, I suggest adding pieces of heat shrink tubing to keep all of the wires bundled together. You'll want to double check your solder joints to ensure they're making proper connections.

This guide was first published on Feb 14, 2018. It was last updated on Jul 22, 2024.

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