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Re: Introducing OVMS for RAV4 EV

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 9:28 pm
by hokiematt
asavage wrote: Wed May 04, 2022 5:19 pm Ugh. How do you know these things? I can't tell visually, and I've read hundreds of drawings and got paid to do it ;)
I have the benefit of having these connectors sitting on my desk, next to a very good LED magnifier/light :D

Re: Introducing OVMS for RAV4 EV

Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 4:04 am
by asavage
I like pictures.

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Not professional quality, but a decent prototype. I sure hope it works :)

A few things I could have done better:
  • Female (w/male pins): I wish I could have located my small nippers, as I would have cut off the unused pins on the back of the female connector, which would have eased some of the bulk soldering back there.
  • Female: The epoxy potting really went poorly; I was trying to use up some decade-plus old JB Weld I had rotting in a drawer, and the viscosity was too high to flow properly. As was the viscosity of my next-oldest epoxy as well :(
  • Male: I could have connected the shield of the LAN jack to ground, if I had thought ahead. That's not necessary, but it would have been nice.
  • Male: My Pressmaster 4300-3146 crimper die collection has a lot of dies, but while the 4300-3146 is supposed to work for 10-22 AWG open barrel connectors, I ran into the same issue as last time I tried actually crimping 22 AWG: it just doesn't work. I ordered (and received, too late) the alternate die 4300-3150, which is for 18-26 AWG, to try next time. (TME Electronic Components shipped the die from Poland to my doorstep in three days!, and had the best price and no extra shipping. Recommended.) Instead, I had to solder all the terminals, which really doesn't work well as if you get any solder on the outside of the terminal, it changes its outer dimensions and then doesn't want to insert into the housing. I had to use some specialized tools and a lot of force to assemble the male connector (with female terminals).

Re: Introducing OVMS for RAV4 EV

Posted: Wed May 18, 2022 1:58 am
by asavage
Yea! I get to do it better, a second time around, because I did pot the connector before testing -- I do know better, what was I thinking?

First, here's a instrument cluster combo that isn't frequently seen:

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Here's the reason: I have the what should be in pins 6 & 16 shifted over to 5 & 15.

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When my new nippers arrive, and I've picked up some fresh epoxy, I'll start over. Fun stuff!

Re: Introducing OVMS for RAV4 EV

Posted: Wed May 18, 2022 4:05 pm
by hokiematt
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Personal preference here, but you might consider using some small pieces of heat shrink over the leads soldered to the header pins; there's not much clearance between connections and I'd argue that a shrink sleeve (or some Kapton tape) is better protection against a short than mere potting alone.