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Offline Dagrylls

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Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« on: Mon, 14 June 2021, 23:34:21 »
So I'm replacing some switches from an old keyboard with ones. However, my new switches do not have a slot for an LED light. If I just rip the LED components off the PCB with pliers so my new switches fit onto the PCB would it cause problems with the circuitry? Attached are pictures for reference.

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Re: Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 14 June 2021, 23:36:07 »
Assuming you rip them off cleanly, it should be fine? I have a g710 which I yoinked off the leds and still works fine

Offline Dagrylls

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Re: Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 14 June 2021, 23:38:18 »
Alright I'll go for it! Thanks for the help!

Offline vvp

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Re: Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 07:39:39 »
If you rip them off with pliers then you likely also damage (rip off) the PCB traces. This may or may not be a problem depending on the  PCB layout and how much of the PCB trace will be damaged. It is safer to de-solder the LEDs. LEDs do not have any important function most of the times.

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Re: Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 08:22:30 »
I would not rip them off and actually use an iron to desolder those off properly.

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Re: Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 23:05:48 »
If you rip them off with pliers then you likely also damage (rip off) the PCB traces. This may or may not be a problem depending on the  PCB layout and how much of the PCB trace will be damaged. It is safer to de-solder the LEDs. LEDs do not have any important function most of the times.
This would be my concern.
You can delaminate the pcb, yank of nearby traces... It's a good way to destroy a pcb to a point where it's really difficult to repair.
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Re: Can I remove LED's by ripping them off?
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 26 June 2021, 22:53:53 »
desolder is good move, but ripping the led without heat....bad move. It can kill your pcb if not carefully. heat is your friend, you can get $5 iron solder 40-60W, which is good.
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