A few weeks ago this topic made me rush out and buy some thermal plastic…
This morning I woke up and couldn’t charge due to a loose wire on my balance lead splitter, so once the coffee was entirely inside me, I decided to do something useful with this plastic.
Now my balance leads wont’ be so fragile. This is only temporary, I’m getting fresh connectors for better solder points later and I’ll do fresh plastic over those for an ultimate balance cable.
This is the third time in a year that a wire has just broke off, and once one does, all of them do, so NO MORE.
Once the plastic is out of the water it will dry quick as you squish it around. Separate what you need and squish it into your wires. It’s sticky like chewing gum and the hotter it is the more caramel like it becomes, so DO NOT use boiling water. Make sure you squeeze out the water bubbles, you don’t want water trapped inside the connector.
A micro torch or heat gun can re soften the skin pretty quickly, or just dip it back in the hot water. I used a micro torch and I was worried about making the plastic bubble, but the rubber skin of the wire started smoking first, so the thermoplastic is pretty good with direct high heat in short bursts. Don’t let the flame touch it, you could do this with a bic lighter at about three inches but it leaves soot in the plastic.
This his how you make a sheet. It works best if you do it in layers, but this is the last of my raw material so no more beads for a second layer. I set my oven to BROIL and put it in the center for about a minute.
Turn the oven off and leave the plastic in for a few more minutes and it will get more caramel like. Peel it off the spoon, flatten it, and squish it back into place. leave it in the oven longer for a more glassy look, but DON’T get it so hot that it bubbles, it will release smoke or vapor that probably isn’t healthy,
After cooling on the stove for 20 mins, ready to be refrigerated.
Pops right out of the pan. STEP ONE: GET BETTER PAN.
Flexible! That’s all for now.