and Operating Instructions for HiViz.com Kits
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|The adapter you receive may look slightly different than the one above. This depends on our suppliers and what they can provide us with.
These instructions are for attaching a Flash-to-PC
adapter--shown to the left--to the end of your trigger output cable. This
will allow your trigger circuit to actuate the flash
directly. One end of the flash adapter cord will be
cut, and its wires wrapped tightly around the appropriate
ones from the trigger output cable and soldered. The solder joints will
then be covered with pieces of heat shrink tubing for electrical insulation.
The following parts are provided with the Flash-to-PC Adapter (FA) kit:
2-inch length heat shrink tubing (HST), 3/32-inch
3-inch length heat shrink tubing, 3/16-inch diameter
You'll need to provide the 2-conductor gray cable that came with your trigger kit.
You'll need the following tools:
15- or 30-watt soldering iron and solder
Wet sponge or towel
Lighter or matches to shrink HST
Solder in a well-lit, well-ventilated, open
area. Avoid contact with all metal surfaces
on the iron.
Keep the tip of the soldering iron clean
by wiping it against a wet sponge or towel
before and after each use. A clean tip should
look shiny and silvery; any yellow or black
material on the tip will get into the solder
and may weaken your solder joint.
Once the tip of your soldering iron is clean,
touch a bit of solder to the tip just before
use. This is called tinning, and helps the
solder run more evenly.
Heat the connection to be soldered by holding
the soldering iron to it, until solder applied
at the junction between the two melts and
flows freely. This ensures the connection
and the solder are both hot enough to yield
a good solder joint. This should take no more
than 10-15 seconds. After the connection is
heated, try to get solder along the entire
length of the connection by briskly moving
the solder and iron along.
Avoid touching only the solder to the connection,
and then the soldering iron to the solder
to melt it onto the connection. The connection
will be cooler than the melted solder and
won’t form a good solder joint.
- Let new solder joints cool for several seconds
before examining them. There should be solder
all the way around the connection, forming a
rigid joint. When done, unplug your soldering
iron and let it cool.
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The Flash-to-PC adapter is shown to the left. With a pair of wire strippers, cut the cord about 3" (8 cm) from the plug end.
Set the section with the plug aside in case you ever want to reconnect it. For the rest of these instructions, you'll be working with the end of the cord having the flash shoe.
Flash-to-PC Adapter: Strip back 1.5” (4 cm) of the outer black insulation being careful not to cut the inner conductors.
This will reveal two conductors. Due to differences in the adapters that we receive from our suppliers, the two conductors may be red and white, red and black, or one of the conductors may be a copper sheath wrapped around an insulated wire. If you have the latter version, see Build 2 of these instructions.
about 1” (2.5 cm) of insulation from the wires.
Trigger Output Cable: If
you have previously assembled a HiViz.com trigger or delay
kit, you will have a 2-conductor cable already prepared,
and you may skip the rest of this step. If not, follow
these directions. Refer to the photo to the right. At one end of the cable, strip the
outer gray insulation back by 2" (5 cm). This
will reveal the red and black wires inside. Strip the individual wires back ¼"
(¾ cm). This short length makes the multiple-stranded
conductors easier to push into the breadboard.
The other end of the cable will be for connecting
to the Flash-to-PC adapter cord. Strip the outer insulation
back by 2" (5 cm), and the individual wires back
1" (2.5 cm). The output cable wires are stripped
back farther to allow for easier wrapping over the
flash adapter wires.
Cut the smaller
diameter section of heat shrink tubing into two 1-inch lengths. Slip
one length over each of the output cable wires as shown in the upper photo to the left.
Twist the red wire of the adapter cord together with the red wire of the output cord, and twist the white wire of the adapter cord together with the black wire of the output cord as shown in the lower photo to the left. Be sure that the total length of exposed conductor is shorter than the length of the the heat shrink tubing that will cover the splices.
Solder the twisted wires and clip off any stray wire strands. Keep the soldering iron well away from the heat-shrink tubing so that it won't shrink prematurely. The soldered splices are shown to the right.
Slide the heat shrink tubing
over each of the solder splices so that the wires are completely insulated from each other. Using
a lighter or a match, move the flame smoothly back
and forth along the entire length of the tubing, with
the tip of the flame just beneath as shown to the left. If you hold
the flame too long in one spot or too closely to the
tubing, you will notice smoke. If this happens, lower
your flame and continue moving it back and forth.
The tubing will visibly shrink, and will be acceptably
tight-fitting after only 10-15 seconds of heating. The result is shown to the right.
Slide the larger diameter piece of heat shrink tubing over the gray cable as shown in the upper photo to the left. Position the tubing so that it covers the entire spliced area of the wires and overlaps the gray insulation on one end and the black insulation on the other. Then shrink the tubing. The result is shown in the lower photo to the left.
The completed cable is shown to the right. Connect it to your trigger
circuit according to this chart.
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