I imagine this will be an ongoing project, as there are likely bits that I missed, so if something is either vague or missing, please let me know and I'll work to clarify it. My goal is to have a solid, comprehensive location to reference for maximum ease of installation of my kits.
Please take the time to read this tutorial fully before diving in, just to make sure you have a full understanding of what goes where. This will not be covering how to install the kit in your pack specifically, since every pack is a little different.
So, your Heavy Props full kit just showed up, and you have yourself a box of wires, something like this?
Let's give some names to what we have here, along with descriptions:
A: Wand Light Board with Bargraph(In anti-static bubble bag)
B: Wand Light LED/button pack
C: Vent Switch (DPDT with long 3 conductor cable, and short 2 conductor cable)
D: Misc Sound Switch (Generally theme song), (DPST with long 3 conductor cable)
E: Wand Sound Cable (long 3 conductor cable, no switch or connectors attached)
F: Wand Power Cable (long 2 conductor cable, no switch or connectors attached)
G: Pack Light Board
H: Pack Connectors and Cyclotron LEDs
H2: Oops, duplicate! This one is your 'Main Switch' (DPDT with long 3 conductor cable AND long 2 conductor cable)
I: Cyclotron Cable (long 2 conductor cable, the same as F, functionally)
J: Sound Kit
A few notes, the cyclotron cable will need to be cut into 4 equal lengths, and all the cables provided are provided with extra length, so if you'd like to cut them down to fit your pack better, that's a great way to make things cleaner on the inside. Please just remember to measure twice, and cut once.
For detailed information on how to attach the crimp connectors, and how to finish the Main Switch, see my tutorial here: http://heavyprops.com/tutorial/switch/
The new wire we use is a smaller gauge, and has a thinner (but more flexible) outer jacket. To remove the jacket on the inner wires, a lighter or other form of heat will be necessary. I also recommend folding the exposed wire back against itself to provide some added thickness to help the connectors crimp tightly.
So now you know what you've got, and how to finish it. Where does everything plug in? Let's start with the simplest kit, the pack lights:
This kit is simple, the bank of four terminals are obviously for the cyclotron. The cyclotron cables will each require a white plug terminal on each side of the cable, and the LED will slot in to that plug on the end of the wire. If your LED doesn't work, just try plugging it in 'backwards', and you should be good to go. You don't need to worry about damaging an LED by plugging it in backwards in this instance.
The blue screw terminal is where you will connect your battery, and also where you will connect one end of cable 'F', which will head up to the blue screw terminal on the wand lights. Positive to positive, negative to negative.
The fifth plug will connect to the wand lights, plug 3 row 2, which is a wonderful segue into the wand lights!
On this board, we have two rows, top and bottom:
1: Sound out, this terminal goes to the sound kit, the center pin is a common ground.
2: Ear light/switch. This is the assembly in the wand kit bag with the white LED and red push button.
3: Blinking body LED, this is interchangeable with 3-6 in location.
4: Blinking body LED, this is interchangeable with 3-6 in location.
5: Solid body LED, this is interchangeable with 3-6 in location.
6: Solid body LED, this is interchangeable with 3-6 in location.
1: Power terminal, this is connected to the power terminal on the pack lights, positive to positive, negative to negative.
2: This is where the short end of the 2 conductor wire on the main switch is connected. The 3 conductor portion goes to the sound kit.
3: The remainder of the 2 conductor wire on the main switch is connected here. This one goes back to the pack board.
4: This is where the Vent switch connects via the short 2 conductor cable. The 3 conductor portion goes to the sound kit.
5: This is where the vent LED connects. (The large, 10mm LED. The LED and switch are interchangeable, whatever fits better for you!)
6: Connector 6 and 7 are interchangeable, and are for the blue and yellow LED provided. These LEDs are tied to the firing button, and should be put down the front handle into the front barrel.
7: See connector 6.
8: Black push button, this is your firing button which triggers both the blinking pattern on LED 6 and 7, and the firing sound effect, as well.
Up next is the sound kit, and that will be covered in the next post!