Geekcreit Large Rainbow Clock Kit

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for pretty colours, which is why I had to have this Geekcreit Large Size Rainbow Colour Clock DIY kit. I kind of glossed over the kit bit when looking at it, but never mind, I’m up for a challenge (and if you think that a couple of SMT chips and a shedload of SMT LEDs is no challenge, I invite you to try it in your mid-60s after a couple of serious operations).

Enough blether… I need to build this.

Clock kit

That’s a stock photo – I’m about 20% through putting the LEDs in and I’m still baulking at the thought of putting the larger IC on the board. Now waiting for Banggood to come back with which resistor is which. My good pal Aidan is popping over this week to give me a hand with the big chip.

partial build

partial build

More later….

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11 thoughts on “Geekcreit Large Rainbow Clock Kit

  1. Hi Pete,
    I found the easiest way when soldering surface mount chips was to 'flood' all the pins on each side with a large blob of solder, then use Solderwick to take off all the excess, this left a nice clean joint. It worked for me!

    1. Another nice way is to tack two corners and ensure the pins are aligned and then run some tacky flux along the pins and use a wide 3mm but with a flood of solder on the tip. Drag it along the edge of the pins and hey presto, a clean set of soldered pins, which if you keep a steady pace, leaves no solder bridges to clean up. Works great for 0.5mm pitch SMD processors with heaps of pins. Clean up the flux with isopropyl alcohol. 🙂

      1. I wish I had your confidence Dave, this particular chip, the pins are half-under the chip. If I mess up, clearing the shorts between pins could be painful if not impossible... Aidan's popping over to give me a hand tomorrow. No rush as I'm still awaiting a response from Banggood as to which resistor is which.

        1. Tell you another way that works if you have a hot air pen. Flood full the solder pads with your iron and some extra flux. Try to get them level. Place the IC and align it. Use hot air from above being careful to not blow it away. Might need something to hold it down for a few seconds until the solder melts. Move the air in a circular motion and after a few seconds you should see it pop down into place. I do this all the time with STM32F405RGT6 with 0.5mm pitch. Best method i've found so far.

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