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Get an Ultra-Slim USB Stick DeadDrop Ready

Solder an unused USB cable to one of these thin USB sticks to make the connection more durable.

Get an Ultra-Slim USB Stick DeadDrop Ready

First of all: If you’re not familiar with DeadDrops, visit deaddrops.com!

You surely know these new type of USB sticks which are very thin because they don’t have the classic-iron USB connector. I had a bunch of them at home and wanted to use them as DeadDrops, but in my opinion the plastic connector is not solid enough for a DeadDrop’s life of rain, physical stress, and vandalism. I solved this problem by soldering an end of an USB cable to them. I think that’s really easy, so get your slim USB stick and an old cable or connector and get started!

Steps

Step #1:

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Get an Ultra-Slim USB Stick DeadDrop Ready
  • What you'll need:
  • A slim USB stick
  • A male USB connector with or without a cable
  • Soldering iron
  • A pair of scissors or any kind of nipper pliers
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Heat-shrink tubing
  • And some plumber's tape or any kind of waterproof tape (not in the image)

Step #2:

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  • If your stick has got any kind of a non-solid plastic casing, remove it.
  • Removing the plastics can be done using a knife, a screwdriver or a Dremel-kind-of-tool.
  • You should end up having the circuit board (as in my case) or the elemental plastic part with the connectors.
  • Be sure that you are opening only the outer plastic casing and not the inner one!

Step #3:

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  • To get ready for soldering, you have to prepare your USB cable / USB male connector first.
  • If you are using a cable end:
  • Gently remove about 1-2 cm of the outer plastic insulation of the cable.
  • Remove the tinfoil shielding by peeling it back and cutting it off. (Sometimes the shielding consists of many small wires. Don't worry, cut 'em off too!)
  • Now strip the four colored wires.
  • If you are using a male connector:
  • Remove any plastics that are covering the inner parts of your connector using a knife.

Step #4:

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  • Now it is time to solder the USB stick and the connector or wire together.
  • Be sure to solder the connections right and stick to the image if in doubt. (Oh, and sometimes the green wire is blue.)

Step #5:

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Get an Ultra-Slim USB Stick DeadDrop Ready
  • If you like you can use heat-shrink tubing and/or hot glue to secure the solder connections.
  • After that you just have to wrap the finished USB stick with some tape to make it waterproof and you're done!
  • A finished Dead Drop can be seen here at the Dead Drops Database

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