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Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« on: July 23, 2011, 02:38:04 PM »
The idea of buying a wireless headset, then being restricted by the TrackIR Pro clip USB wire didn't really make sense.
After taking a cue from the forum post in the ED forums, I decided to make my TrackIR and my G930 headset totally wireless and am quite pleased with the results.

The options of USB power was reviewed and I settled on a rechargeable Duracell Instant USB Charger, rather than a battery replaceable battery operated unit. I found the one shown on EBay for $15.99 with free shipping. This battery pack is attached to the right ear pad with velcro found at any hardware store.

The first decision I made was it had to be as neat as possible once complete, so cutting the excess wire from the USB cable was a must. I didn't want a big ball of wires on top of the headset.
I do not believe in cutting without allowing for spare, so the first cut was from the TrackIR Pro clip which resulted with the wire length being approx.  12 inches, I know this sounds like a long cable, but I looped the cable right above the clip and this results in about a 6 inch overall length to the center of the crown of the headset....perfect.
Once the splice was made, and the small size of the wires this step seems critical, I applied solder to the wire to fuse them together.

From the male connector of the USB cable, the length was 8-9 inches and allows for travel when the ear pads are swiveled to lay flat.
I did offset splices which allowed me to forgo the use of electrical tape to cover the splice and covered the entire spliced area with 1/8" heat shrink tubing. Heat was applied using a hair dryer and worked great.

The final result left me feeling less than pleased so I looped the female USB cord and electrical taped it to the TrackClip Pro LED male power cord which created a slight loop, but looks much better than just sitting on the crown. This allowed me to apply a strip of electrical tape to the crown to hide the USB cable which runs from the left earpad to the right.

Check the pictures below of a before and after.

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« Last Edit: August 18, 2012, 01:01:44 AM by shelt »
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Re: Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 02:58:09 PM »
Construction pics...not the best in the world, not sure why they were not more clear
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Re: Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2011, 03:31:55 PM »
Thanks Shelt...this has worked out great! The freedom of the Headset is great...

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Battery life update Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 12:51:05 AM »
Just an update on battery life.
These things last quite a long time, I'd say continuous  use is at least over 24 hours, as I have left them on before for 12 hours or more and still used them all week.
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Re: Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 01:48:09 PM »
Ya I can vouch for that....Since making this conversion...I have never had to plug it in while flying....
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Re: Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2012, 12:41:26 AM »
Hey guys. I've done this for my Turtle Beach headset that I finally got to work with my sound hardware. The issue I'm having is with the duracell USB power pack. It will power the track clip pro for about 60 seconds and then shut off. Any ideas?

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Re: Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2012, 10:05:38 AM »
When I first started this I tried to power the TrackIR with a battery pack I bought from Radio Shack, a very nice charger, but it did the same thing you are speaking of. Seems it determined when to stay on by current draw, to save battery life I suppose.
You need a unit which has just an on/off switch.
Which battery pack do you use?
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Re: Wireless TrackIR Pro Clip
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2012, 12:03:29 PM »
Hey Sully...

This is the one you want... Like Shelt said the one with the on/off switch is a must...

I can fly on and off for about a week before recharge... The TIR LEDs draw very little power... they claim up to 35 hours..in the specs... 

We left the dongle attached on the TIR LED wiring in case we ever had to plug it in due to battery dying in flight... but I never have too... see pic

Since we are using a wireless SS Headset (Logitec G930), I just plug it into an USB port and charge right from the PC as I do my wireless headset at the same time...Headset battery lasts about 10 hours...

We have been using this for over a year now with no issues...

http://www.duracell.com/en-US/product/instant-usb-charger.jspx

If you shop around...ebay, amazon..etc.. you can find a good price

I think I paid $15.00 with free shipping and had it next day
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« Last Edit: August 26, 2012, 12:33:58 PM by MegOhm_SD »
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