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After build the Iris keyboard I decided to start a new quest to build a Dactyl-cc (as I mentioned at the end of the Iris post 😉)
Dactyl is the keyboad I wanted to build from the start but I certainly didn’t have the skils to do it. I decided to first build a “portable kinesis”, so I could take it with me when I was traveling and Iris seemed like a great fit for this and not that hard for a first project. Now that I have the skills, I will build the Dactyl to maybe take my kinesis' place.
This is the first post of a series about building a dactyl keyboard and we will focus on the parts I had to buy.
Where to buy
I decided to buy everything from AliExpress. It’s usually cheaper than buying everything where I like (Brazil) and I not in a hurry, which is the bigger disadvantage of AliExpress.
Many of these parts I could easily find in a local store, sometimes even cheaper, but due to the pandemic I don’t want to visit any physical store.
With that said, let’s go for the list of parts I bought and the individual links (the advantage of buying everything on AliExpress 😄):
It required a lot of reserach to understand what each of these do and why they are required, but here are my choices:
|Qty||Item||Total price||BRL (+taxes)||Link|
|68||Gateron Brown Sw||$ 17.57||R$ 109,34*||AliExpress|
|1||Ergodox caps set||$ 19.90||R$ 123,84*||AliExpress|
|10||RJ9 female||$ 5.10||R$ 31,73*||AliExpress|
|50||M3 Screw 5mm||$ 1.91||R$ 11,89*||AliExpress|
|25||Nut insert M3||$ 1.58||R$ 9,83*||AliExpress|
|200||IN4148 Diodes||$ 1.14||R$ 7,09*||AliExpress|
|2||Wrist Rest||$ 5.60||R$ 34,85*||AliExpress|
|1||Jumper cables||$ 0.98||R$ 6,10*||AliExpress|
|3||MicroUSB to USBC||$ 2.97||R$ 18,48*||AliExpress|
|2||RJ9 cables||$ 2.24||R$ 13,94*||AliExpress|
|20||Reset buttons||$ 1.06||R$ 6,59*||AliExpress|
|135||Hotswap sockets||$ 13.50||R$ 84,01*||AliExpress|
|7||Colored wires||$ 8.82||R$ 54,89*||AliExpress**|
|2||Promicro||$ 5.90||R$ 36,72*||AliExpress|
|1||2.0% flux solder||$ 2.11||R$ 11,60||AliExpress|
update: It turned out the M3 screw is not the right one and the wrong jumper cables were sent 😕.
|5||Testing Switches||$ 1.20||R$ 7,45*||AliExpress|
* I bought so many things and bundled them together that it’s now hard to find the exact amount of money I spent considering taxes, currencies, bundled orders, etc. To simplify things a bit I used the average currency exchange from my credit card bill to get all the BRL prices for these items.
** This item is open for dispute. For some reason the shipment was cancelled so I’m checking with the seller and didn’t get a response.
Cost and ETA
Currently, it’s a total of $92.50 or R$568,35 approximately. I would say R$600 would be a good guess because of the currency exchange flutuation. As a comparison, the minimum wage in Brazil is R$ 1045.
The average time to get something from AliExpress to Brazil is around 3 weeks and some of these parts started to arrive already 😃
Wait for more about this soon 🚀