FAQ

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Parts of a Custom Cable

What Are the Required Parts of a Custom Cable?

Device Connector

This is the USB connector that plugs directly into your keyboard/PCB. This includes:

- USB-Mini

- USB-Micro

- USB-C

(Photos Coming Soon...)

Host Connector

This the USB connector that plugs directly into the PC/USB Hub. This includes:

- USB-A

-USB-C

(Photos Coming Soon...)

Raw USB Cable

We use is USB 2.0 Compliant 28/28 AWG cable for all of our cables. A flexible PVC jacket covers the internal braid, foil, and drain wire shield. The four 28 AWG cores are made of stranded tinned copper. 

Paracord

We use 550 Type III Paracord to sleeve all of our cables. All of our paracord is made in the USA using Nylon or a Nylon/Polyester Blend. 

Heat Shrink

Heat shrink gets applied over the USB connectors and acts as a strain relief. For Aviation connectors, the heat shrink is applied between the connector and the cable. We use 3:1 3/8" heat shrink on all of the connectors except for the USB-A connector. For the USB-A Connector, we use 3:1 1/2" heat shrink. 

 

Optional Parts of a Cable

Double Sleeving 

Double-Sleeving is when a cable gets sleeved with paracord and then an additional sleeving material gets sleeved over the paracord. We solely use Techflex for double-sleeving.

What is Techflex?

Techflex is an expandable sleeving made of braided 10 mil polyethylene terephthalate (PET) monofilament strands. While durable, the expandable weave is constructed in a way that allows some of the underlying Paracord to be exposed.

Why Choose Double Sleeving?

Double Sleeving can create a paracord/Techflex combination of colors that cannot be displayed with either material standing alone. Additionally, Techflex slightly increases the cable diameter, gives the cable a more rigid feel, and gives the cable and coils a stronger "memory".

 

Coils
Why Get a Coil?

One word, A E S T H E T I C. Coiled cables look cool and are guaranteed to turn heads. 

How are Coils Made?

We use a ½” mandrel(rod) to make our coils. This makes an inner diameter of 0.50” and an outer diameter of ~0.75” for single-sleeved cables and ~0.85” for double-sleeved cables. They go through a double-heated, reverse coiling process to ensure that they are as tight as possible. We’ve been perfecting the art of the coil for over 2 years and are super proud of them. To keep it strong, we recommend avoiding excess or long-term stretching/expansion of the coil.  

Detachable Connector

In the community, you may have heard various terms(aviation/aviator, detachable, hotswap connector, etc.). There are multiple different connectors that could be considered “Detachable”. We use the GX16 connector which is made up of two halves that connect together. 


Why Get a Detachable Connector?

Practical Benefit
The original purpose of putting a detachable connector on a USB cable was to accommodate those who had multiple keyboards that used different connector types (Mini, Micro, C). The detachable connector allows one to buy one full detachable cable and then additional detachable device ends that match the other device connectors they need.  
Aesthetic Benefit
Nowadays, most get a detachable connector because it looks cool! If you're the same, there ain’t no shame in your game. Why not go with something unique when getting a custom hand-made product? 

 

 

Cable Layout

Cable Length

How Long Can My Cable Be?

USB 2.0 Specification outlines a maximum overall cable length of 5 m (~16'5"). For keyboards that draw more power, we recommend keeping the cable run as short as possible.

Does My Keyboard Draw More Power?

The majority of keyboards draw very little power and will be completely fine when staying within USB Spec. The keyboards that we’ve seen that are more power hungry are keyboards with a USB pass-through. The most common of these types of keyboards are the CTRL & ALT.   

I Have a CTRL/ALT, Should I Not Get a Custom Cable?

That’s really up to you. We will note that that cables that use more than 7 feet of raw cable have a possibility of having diminished RGB brightness or may not function at all. You can see more about this on the Drop discussion pages of each keyboard.

While we've seen cases where cables using around 12-13 feet of raw cable will still function, we can't make any guarantees. To help get around this, we've heard that using a powered USB (must be powered) can help.

I Want a Coiled Cable. Does the Coil Length Impact my Cable Length Selection?

TLDR: Selecting a coil does not change the cable length.
The selected “Cable Length” is the final length of the cable AFTER it has been coiled. For example, if you select a 5' cable and select a 6" coil, the finished cable length will remain 5' in total with 6 inches of the cable being coiled and 4.5 feet of the cable being straight. 

If you are curious as to how much raw cable is used to make each of the coils, use the following charts (Coming Soon...) 

 

Coil Orientation

What Coil Orientations Do You Offer?

We offer Left-Facing, Straight, and Right-Facing Coil Orientations:

coilorientations20.png
What Coil Orientation Should I Go With?

That mostly depends on factors such as your keyboard's USB port location, your overall desk setup, and personal preference. We consider the Straight Orientation to be "universal" and was our default for some time. This is because the length between the device connector and the coil can be kept straight or be flexed left or right. 
More information about coil orientations will be added soon... 

 

Detachable Connector Location

What's the Difference Between Device Side and Host Side? (Only Needed For Coiled Cables)

It's best to think of the detachable connector's location in relation to the coil.  Selecting "Device Side" will place the aviation connector on the device connector side of the coil. Selecting "Host Side" will place the aviation connector on the host connector side of the coil. It's important to note that with both Device and Host Side detachable connector location, we place the connector about 2 inches away from the coil by default.

I'm Having a Hard Time Deciding Between Device Side and Host Side, pick for me?

It can be a tough decision! The pros and cons can vary depending on your setup, selected coil orientation, and your personal preference. I plan to expound more in the future, but I'll list the main "pro" of each now:

Device Side - If you have multiple keyboards that use different connector types and want to use your cable with each of them, this may be the more economical option. This is because you won't need to add a coil to any "additional device ends" you order.

Host Side - If getting a left or right-facing coil orientation, it is recommended to get a host-side detachable connector. This is because right/left facing coils make a more direct path from the device connector to the start of the coil and most want that distance to be as short as possible. Putting the detachable connector on the host side of the coil prevents it from extending the distance between the keyboard and coil.

Photo Examples of Each:
(Coming Soon...) 

Where Do You Put the Detachable Connector on Straight Cables?

The default location is about 6 inches away from the device connector. This distance can be adjusted upon request. 

 

 

Fulfillment & Post Order

Estimated Fulfillment Timeframe

When Will I Receive My Order? 

Coming Soon...

 

Shipping

Do You Ship Outside of the United States?

We do! The shipping rate is calculated after you've entered your address in the shopping cart. 
Note: Shipping does not include any import duty or fees that may be incurred. We often get asked to reduce the value on the customs declaration form. Doing so is illegal and appreciate those who do not ask us to break the law.  

 

What Goes Into a Custom USB Cable?

Required Parts of a Cable:

Device Connector

This is the USB connector that plugs directly into your keyboard/PCB. This includes:

- USB-Mini

- USB-Micro

- USB-C

(Photos Coming Soon...)

Host Connector

This the USB connector that plugs directly into the PC/USB Hub. This includes:

- USB-A

-USB-C

(Photos Coming Soon...)

Raw USB Cable

We use is USB 2.0 Compliant 28/28 AWG cable for all of our cables. A flexible PVC jacket covers the internal braid, foil, and drain wire shield. The four 28 AWG cores are made of stranded tinned copper. 

Paracord

We use 550 Type III Paracord to sleeve all of our cables. All of our paracord is made in the USA and are constructed using Nylon or a Nylon/Polyester Blend. 

Heat Shrink

Heat shrink gets applied over the USB connectors and acts as a strain relief. For Aviation connectors, the heat shrink is applied between the connector and the cable. We use 3:1 3/8" heat shrink on all of the connectors except for the USB-A connector. For the USB-A Connector, we use 3:1 1/2" heat shrink. 

 

Optional Parts of a Cable

Double Sleeving 

Double-Sleeving is when a cable gets sleeved with paracord and then an additional sleeving material gets sleeved over the paracord. We solely use Techflex for double-sleeving.

What is Techflex?

Techflex is an expandable sleeving made of braided 10 mil polyethylene terephthalate (PET) monofilament strands. While durable, the expandable weave is constructed in a way that allows some of the underlying Paracord to be exposed.

Why choose double-sleeving?

Double-sleeving can create a paracord/Techflex combination of colors that cannot be displayed with either material standing alone. Additionally, Techflex slightly increases the cable diameter, gives the cable a more rigid feel, and gives the cable and coils a stronger "memory".

 

Coils
Why Get a Coil?

One word, A E S T H E T I C. Coiled cables look cool and are guaranteed to turn heads. 

How are Coils Made?

We use a ½” mandrel(rod) to make our coils. This makes an inner diameter of 0.50” and an outer diameter of ~0.75” for single-sleeved cables and ~0.85” for double-sleeved cables. They go through a double-heated, reverse coiling process to ensure that they are as tight as possible. We’ve been perfecting the art of the coil for over 2 years and are super proud of them. To keep it strong, we recommend avoiding excess or long-term stretching/expansion of the coil.  

Detachable Connector

In the community, you may have heard various terms(aviation/aviator, detachable, hotswap connector, etc.). There are multiple different connectors that could be considered “Detachable”. We use the GX16 connector which is made up of two halves that connect together. 


Why Get a Detachable Connector?

Practical Benefit
The original purpose of putting a detachable connector on a USB cable was to accommodate those who had multiple keyboards that used different connector types (Mini, Micro, C). The detachable connector allows one to buy one full detachable cable and then additional detachable device ends that match the other device connectors they need.  
Aesthetic Benefit
Nowadays, most get a detachable connector because it looks cool! If you're the same, there ain’t no shame in your game. Why not go with something unique when getting a custom hand-made product? 

 

Cable Layout

Cable Length

How Long Can My Cable Be?

USB 2.0 Specification outlines a maximum overall cable length of 5 m (~16'5"). For keyboards that draw more power, we recommend keeping the cable run as short as possible.

Does My Keyboard Draw More Power?

The majority of keyboards draw very little problem and will be completely fine when staying within USB Spec. The keyboards that we’ve seen that are more power hungry are keyboards with a USB passthrough. The most common of these types of keyboards are the CTRL & ALT.   

I have a CTRL/ALT, should I not get a custom cable?

That’s really up to you. We will note that that cables that use more than 7 feet of raw cable have a possibility of having diminished RGB brightness or may not function at all. You can see more about this on the Drop discussion pages of each keyboard.

While we've seen cases where cables using around 12-13 feet of raw cable will still function, we can't make any guarantees. To help get around this, we've heard that using a powered USB (must be powered) can help.

I want a coiled cable does the Coil Length impact my Cable Length selection?

The selected “Cable Length” is the final length of the cable AFTER it has been coiled. For example, if you select a 5' cable and select a 6" coil, the finished cable length will remain 5' in total with 6 inches of the cable being coiled and 4.5 feet of the cable being straight. 

If you are curious as to how much raw cable is used to make each of the coils, use the following charts: 

Single Sleeved Cable

Coil Length

Raw Cable Length Used:

Max Cable Length

6” Coil

~5.8 feet

10 feet

9” Coil

~8.7 feet

7 feet

12” Coil

~11.5 feet

5 feet

 

Double Sleeved Cable

Coil Length

Raw Cable Length Used:

Max Cable Length

6” Coil

~5.2 feet

10 feet

9” Coil

~7.75 feet

8 feet

12” Coil

~10.3 feet

6 feet

Coil Orientation

What Coil Orientations Do You Offer?

We offer Left-Facing, Straight, and Right-Facing Coil Orientations:

coilorientations20.png
What Coil Orientation Should I Go With?

That mostly depends on factors such as your keyboard's USB port location, your overall desk setup, and personal preference. We consider the Straight Orientation to be "universal" and was our default for some time. This is because the length between the device connector and the coil can be kept straight or be flexed left or right. 
More information about coil orientations will be added soon... 

Detachable Connector Location

What's the Difference Between Device Side and Host Side? (Only Needed For Coiled Cables)

It's best to think of the detachable connector's location in relation to the coil.  Selecting "Device Side" will place the aviation connector on the device connector side of the coil. Selecting "Host Side" will place the aviation connector on the host connector side of the coil. It's important to note that with both Device and Host Side detachable connector location, we place the connector about 2 inches away from the coil by default.

I'm Having a Hard Time Deciding Between Device Side and Host Side, pick for me?

It can be a tough decision! The pros and cons can vary depending on your setup, selected coil orientation, and your personal preference. I plan to expound more in the future, but I'll list the main "pro" of each:

Device Side - If you have multiple keyboards that use different connector types and want to use your cable with each of them, this may be the more economical option. This is because you won't need to add a coil to any "additional device ends" you order.

Host Side - If getting a left or right-facing coil orientation, it is recommended to get a host-side detachable connector. This is because right/left facing coils make a more direct path from the device connector to the start of the coil and most want that distance to be as short as possible. Putting the detachable connector on the host side of the coil prevents it from extending the distance between the keyboard and coil.

Photo Examples of Each:
(Coming Soon...) 

Where Do You Put the Detachable Connector on Straight Cables?

The default location is about 6 inches away from the device connector. This distance can be adjusted upon request. 

Fulfillment & Post Order

Estimated Fulfillment Timeframe

When Will I Receive My Order? 

Coming Soon...

Shipping

Do You Ship Outside of the United States?

We do! The shipping rate is calculated after you've entered your address in the shopping cart. 
Note: Shipping does not include any import duty or fees that may be incurred. We often get asked to reduce the value on the customs declaration form. Doing so is illegal and appreciate those who do not ask us to break the law.