The Raspberry Pi finds itself in an ever-expanding gamut of project types…wearables, drones, internet of things and other embedded gizmos…and there are times when an extra-slim version of this already diminutive wonderputer would be just the thing.
Here we’ll show how to trim some fat from the Raspberry Pi Model B+. You’ll lose the Ethernet port and at least two of the USB ports, so this is really suited only to projects where size or weight take priority over connectivity.
In addition to a good soldering iron, you’ll need a solder sucker and some solder wick for cleanup. Flux (either the brush-on or the pen kind) makes wicking easier, but isn’t absolutely essential for success. Other tools include flush diagonal cutters, pliers and safety glasses.
If you have access to a vacuum desoldering tool or a hot air solder rework tool, that might be helpful, but isn’t a necessity…those are big-ticket tools.
You will also need one or two replacement single USB Type A jacks, depending how many ports you want.
Small pliers and/or tweezers and a Panavise or a “helping hands” tool may also prove useful. Anti-static mat too, if you have one.