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basics:parts_you_need_for_a_kit

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Here are the parts you need for every kit

There are 4 basic types of kits that are sold on 1upkeyboards and they represent the kits that are sold everywhere.

Kit 1) Barebone / PCB only kits

This type of kit is like the Sweet 16 and Super 16 kits sold on 1upkeyboards. These are a very basic kit, but they help us to understand what is really required at the most basic level of a kit.

  • PCB
  • Controller
  • Diodes
  • Switches
  • Keycaps
  • Standoffs (or something to stop it from resting on the table)

So let's go down the list and explain what everything is, and what it does.

  • PCB - this is the circuitry for the keyboard, and links together the controller and the switches.
  • Controller - this is where the chip lives. The chip sees the signal from the switch and translates that into something the computer can understand.
  • Diodes - this is a semi-conductor that makes sure the flow of current is only in one direction
  • Switches - CherryMX, Gateron, clicky, quiet… the switch gives the keyboard its character.
  • Keycaps - gives your fingers something nice to rest on.
  • Standoffs (or something to stop it from resting on the table) - does exactly that.

Kit 2) Sandwich / Skeleton Kits

Sandwich or Skeleton kits

  • Sandwich
    • Top plate
    • Bottom plate
    • Standoffs or middle plate (to hold the two layers apart)
    • Legs/Feet
  • PCB
  • Switches
  • Keycaps

At 1upkeyboards, sandwich kits are available in 40%, 60%, TKL, and Full Size


Kit 3) Universal kit

  • Universal kit
    • Top plate (optional)
    • Base
  • PCB
  • Switches
  • Keycaps

Kit 4) It's not really a kit, it's a **Stock Upgrade**

We sell a number of “Controllers” that add on to stock boards that are sold in stores.


basics/parts_you_need_for_a_kit.1562532756.txt.gz · Last modified: 2019/07/07 15:52 by 1upkeyboard