fechter wrote:Methods' HVC/LVC boards do what they are designed to do and may be a solution, but a bit spendy for me (I'm cheap).
I was searching the google with a Maxim part number and I found this thread -
I am glad to hear that my boards work (not being a smart ass - that is actually good news to hear )- and you are absolutely right, I do have them over-priced - hence why I am searching the internet for that maxim protection chip.
Anyway - I read something above about populating boards. Matt has a crew now that can populate. Have not seen this new BMS but if it is as parts heavy as the old one someone is going to have a sore wrist
Let me see a finished picture and let me know what you are wanting to pay. Doing 1 is way harder than doing 10....
My vote is to go surface mount - big ones - then stencil on the paste and bake. -FTW- On our last run we got clever - we found a way to stencil on all the surface mount parts, bake them, then populate all the JST-XH headers, then dip into the solder pot. At just the right angle I could get 36 perfect solder joints in about 1.5 seconds. Only bridge a few of the tiny SOT-23-5 pins when I missed. Speaking of that.
SOLDER POT FOR THE WIN
Just push all those parts into the board, paint it with flux, dip it once, and trim the leads.
Done - and every joint will be picture perfect.
FTW - FTW - FTW
Make a Ghetto Solder Pot with a bunch of old rolls and a blowtorch! Just enough stove heat to almost melt it - hit it with the torch - dip the board. Just dont breath the smoke for hours like I did last week