Alphacool Extends Modding-oriented Solutions @ Computex 2017 — Modders-Inc

German Liquid cooling manufacturer Alphacool has plenty of cooling-related items at their Computex 2017 booth. However, it is the modding-oriented solutions which grabs the attention. Alphacool is very friendly to enthusiasts when it comes to customizations, even offering expandability for their AIOs. The new products on display at Computex provide modders with some interesting tools and solutions that they can easily incorporate into their builds. While not a cooling-solution, PSU cable sleeves are an integral part of a professional-looking casemod. Alphacool offers multi-colored pre-sleeved varieties that is made of high-quality material. Each sleeve uses a heatshrink-less method, producing a clean terminal. Up to thirty color options will be available, although twelve color options are available now. Alphacool is also including their Eiskamm cable combs so that the sleeved wires look clean and organized when installed. Each Eiskamm cable comb is milled from aluminum. It is also available in a variety of powder-coated colors, suitable for 16AWG and 18AWG wires. It is also compatible with UL3239, UL1015, UL1007, 3135 cables. Alphacool offers a variety of Eisrohr PETG hardtube ...

Putting crimp connectors on wires is one of the most tedious things you’ll do. It’s not

Putting crimp connectors on wires is one of the most tedious things you’ll do. It’s not easy, either, unless you have some practice. Before you start digging in to a pile of connectors, crimp terminals, and wire, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting into and Gogo:tronics has a great tutorial on how to crimp electronics connectors. Crimping connectors onto wires requires the right tool, and the most important for this task is – surprise – the crimping pliers. These pliers press the crimping wings of the connector into each other, a task made much easier on the non-ratcheting pliers if you use a rubber band to hold the jaws of the crimping pliers open just enough to hold a crimp connector. The general theory for crimping all types of connectors is to strip a little bit of insulation off the wire. Then, put the connector into a suitably sized space in the jaws, insert the wire, and crimp it down. For non-ratcheting pliers, it’s suggested the connector be re-crimped with the next smallest hole in the jaws. There are a few connector-specific tips for the most common connector types, too. Dupont connectors – those flat, black connectors with a 0.1″ pitch – go together like yo...