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Switch opening?
« on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 17:37:49 »
So I have recieved my box jades and I like them so far but before I solder everything in I wanted to make sure I wouldn't like them heavier. So I have an idea. I have box pale blues right now. I will just swap the springs in them. One problem. I don't have a switch opener, and can't seem to open them with my nails. Is there an easy way to open them without a switch opener?
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Offline Faceman76

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 17:41:40 »
Buy the right tool for the job or you risk damaging them.

Switch openers start at under $10 on Amazon and nicer units are available at places such as The Key Company, etc...

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 17:47:18 »
without the tool you can scratch up or break the tops.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 18:41:17 »
I normally use tweezers on Cherry/Gateron switches since I have no issues opening them that way, but do plan on getting an opener since I recently got a set of Navy's and don't feel like chancing cracking the top housing.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 18:52:58 »
Box switches are easy to open without breaking them without a specialized tool, much easier than Cherry and Gaterons.

My preferred method is two single edge razor blades but anything flat and super thin works, just slide them up under the clip (use the sides, not the sharp edge) and they pop right open. I've used finger nails, poster board (doesn't last long), nail files, x-acto blades, micro sd cards (not recommended), sim card tools, small flat head screwdrivers... Whatever handy that is as thin as possible.

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Yes, for Cherry and Gaterons, get a tool, there are ones you can make pretty easy, 3d printer, toothpicks, paper clips, but a nice tool really is helpful, but Box Jades, nah.
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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 22:24:59 »
Also, this is an option, Just don't open them, and be happy. This is Soooooo much easier. saves you hours of labor.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 22:39:07 »
Also, this is an option, Just don't open them, and be happy. This is Soooooo much easier. saves you hours of labor.

Actually, I was bored so i estimated the time it would take me and it would only take about 1-2 hrs assuming I can fully change out the springs in 1 switch in a minute consistently(that would be 2 hrs, if it was 30 secs per switch it would only be 1 hr)
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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 22:40:11 »
And I got a switch puller with my jades and was able to use the edge of that pretty easily for my test switch. Also I liked the heavier version a lot better actually, it kind of has a cushiony feel to them.
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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 09:05:25 »
And I got a switch puller with my jades and was able to use the edge of that pretty easily for my test switch. Also I liked the heavier version a lot better actually, it kind of has a cushiony feel to them.
If you have a heavy touch, it's nice to have a cushy feel opposed to slamming into a wall, right?  I too prefer heavier springs. 

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 09:47:34 »
And I got a switch puller with my jades and was able to use the edge of that pretty easily for my test switch. Also I liked the heavier version a lot better actually, it kind of has a cushiony feel to them.
YSK, Box jade with Pale Blue spring is basically BOX Navy.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 10:52:19 »


And I got a switch puller with my jades and was able to use the edge of that pretty easily for my test switch. Also I liked the heavier version a lot better actually, it kind of has a cushiony feel to them.
YSK, Box jade with Pale Blue spring is basically BOX Navy.

With a softer click bar, no?

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 18:29:42 »
No the box navy and box pale blue have the same clickbar.
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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 19:49:53 »
Box switches are easy to open without breaking them without a specialized tool, much easier than Cherry and Gaterons.

My preferred method is two single edge razor blades but anything flat and super thin works, just slide them up under the clip (use the sides, not the sharp edge) and they pop right open. I've used finger nails, poster board (doesn't last long), nail files, x-acto blades, micro sd cards (not recommended), sim card tools, small flat head screwdrivers... Whatever handy that is as thin as possible.

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Yes, for Cherry and Gaterons, get a tool, there are ones you can make pretty easy, 3d printer, toothpicks, paper clips, but a nice tool really is helpful, but Box Jades, nah.


Thanks for this, started to attempt to open w/ my tweezers that I use for switches (turns out my Polia's are a nade by Khail).  This trick will simplify things while I wait for an opener.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 21:52:34 »


And I got a switch puller with my jades and was able to use the edge of that pretty easily for my test switch. Also I liked the heavier version a lot better actually, it kind of has a cushiony feel to them.
YSK, Box jade with Pale Blue spring is basically BOX Navy.

With a softer click bar, no?

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No the box navy and box pale blue have the same clickbar.


And also you should know that seeing as your profile picture is literally a box navy!
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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 22:23:30 »


And I got a switch puller with my jades and was able to use the edge of that pretty easily for my test switch. Also I liked the heavier version a lot better actually, it kind of has a cushiony feel to them.
YSK, Box jade with Pale Blue spring is basically BOX Navy.

With a softer click bar, no?

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No the box navy and box pale blue have the same clickbar.


And also you should know that seeing as your profile picture is literally a box navy!
No need to be curmudgeonly.  :D

I do love the Box Navy with 100g(140 bottom) springs.  Waiting for Sprit to restock their 40g click bars to give them a try, too.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 01 May 2021, 23:22:14 »
No the box navy and box pale blue have the same clickbar.
You’re confusing them, the BOX Navy and Pale blue does not have the same clickbar, the White and Pale Blue have the 0.25 Clickbar while the Jade/Navy have a 0.30 Clickbar.

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 02 May 2021, 14:51:57 »
Oops. That was a typo. I meant to say that box navy and box jades have the same clickbar.
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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 02 May 2021, 15:37:25 »
Oops. That was a typo. I meant to say that box navy and box jades have the same clickbar.
Apology accepted. 

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Re: Switch opening?
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 02 May 2021, 17:08:16 »
Allright, thanks.
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