Customisation Guide - Chewy Coiled Cable
Hello Everyone! This is a step by step guide on how to customise your new Chewy Coiled Cable. Prior to reading this, please read my components guide to understand which component I'm talking about: https://trulychewyie.com/pages/understanding-components
1. Customising your Cable
- Primary Sleeving
- Secondary Sleeving
- Triple sleeve - Shimmer
This should give you a pretty good idea of what your cable colour will be. If you're unsure, or confused, please feel free to message me on instagram or discord and I can do up some samples for you!
1.1 Primary Sleeving
Your primary sleeving colour will form the base of your cable's final colour. Choose a sleeving that is closest to your desired final colour would be the safest bet.
1.2 Secondary sleeving
Secondary sleeving is the techflex that will go over your chosen paracord or MDPC-X sleeving. This will have 2 different effects on cable colour. For more neutral coloured techflex:
It will make the primary sleeving darker or lighter depending on which one you choose. For example, if you use black techflex over a hot pink paracord, your cable will become a dark pink. If you use white techflex over a hot pink paracord, your cable will become a more pastel pink.
For the bolder techflex colours:
- Light Blue
- Neon Green
- Forest Green
It will become the more dominant colour of your cable. For example, if you use yellow techflex over a blue MDPC X primary sleeve, your cable will look yellow rather than blue. However, there will be blue undertones under different light and at different angles.
1.3 Triple Sleeve - Shimmer
If you're looking to spice up your cable and have a lot of colours and RGB flying around your set up, shimmer will be the perfect addition to your cable. Just like the name, Shimmer will give your cable an opalescent undertone which changes colour in the light. Be sure to use techflex over this option to protect the Shimmer. I would also recommend choosing a more neutral coloured techflex to allow the shimmer and primary sleeving colour to shine through.
2. Coil Matters
2.1 Multi-Tone Coil
If you want to be extra spicy with your cable, you have the option to have up to 3 different colours in your coil. This is especially nice for gradients. You'll need to use techflex to protect the coil if you choose to get a multi-tone coil. If no techflex is chosen, clear techflex will be used.
2.2 Coil Diameter
This is the internal diameter of the coil. I recommend using the 10mm diameter as it produces the best results. You can also choose to get a 14mm internal diameter, but this will produce a slightly looser coil compared to the 10mm diameter.
2.3 Coil Length
Coil length measures how long your coil will be from outer edge to edge. 15cm is the standard length I recommend for most coils running parallel to your keyboard. I wouldn't recommend you go longer than 20cm as there may cause resistance issues for higher power consumption boards. If you would like a shorter cable length, just send me a message and I'll make the adjustment accordingly.
2.4 Coil Orientation
For toilet rolls, I am in team up and over. This is the same for coils, so cable orientation is very important to me. Depending on the keyboard and set up you can choose from 5 different orientations.
- Right (90 Degree Exit)
- Left (90 Degrees Exit)
- Right (Straight Exit)
- Left (Straight Exit)
- Straight (Perpendicular to keyboard)
If your keyboard USB C port is on the left, you would have a right coil orientation so the coil will run parallel above your keyboard. Opposite is true as well, if your keyboard USB C port is on the right, choose a left coil orientation. 90 degree exit will cause the cable to exit towards the back of your desk, this is perfect if your cable management is behind your desk. A straight exit will cause the cable to follow the direction your coil is going and eventually fall off the edge of your table. Which ever orientation you choose completely depends on your preference and set up.
2.5 Coil Strength
While all Truly Chewyie Coils are reverse coiled to so they remain tight and springy over time, the materials that you use will also influence how tight and springy your coil is. The configuration that is tightest to least tightest is as follows:
- Double Sleeved MDPC X
- MDPC X + Techflex
- MDPC X (Single Sleeve)
- Paracord + Techflex
While there is a possibility to choose Paracord (Single Sleeved), this configuration doesn't provide enough protection for the coil. If this configuration is chosen, clear techflex will be used of the paracord.
Currently, you are only able to connect your cable to your PC using USB A, I'm still working on a USB C host connection. You are able to choose the following ways to connect your cable to your keyboard:
- USB C
- Micro USB
- USB Mini
3.1 CNC Metal Housing Upgrade
If you want to be extra bougie, you can choose to upgrade both USB A and USB C housings to a nice metal exterior. This provides no additional benefit or function to the cable and is purely an aesthetic/premium option that you may choose from. I plan on offering an option to have your housings Cerakoted to match your detachable connector in the future so keep your eyes peeled for that.
3.2 Detachable Connector
All Chewy Coiled Cables come with basic silver GX16 connector. I personally recommend GX16 connectors with coiled cables as the slightly wider connector compliments the coil better than a slim long FEMO connector.
You can choose from a range of Cerakoted GX16 and FEMO connectors to either compliment or contract your cable design. Using a Cerakoted connector is the most popular configuration among my clients. Connector pantone references can be found on my Instagram.
4.1 Primary Heatshrink
Primary heatshrink is the coloured tubing that is heated over the USB A and USB C connectors. The safest bet is to have the heatshrink the same colour as your cable but an alternative option is to have it contrast with your cable (opposite colour).
4.2 Detachable Heatshrink
Detachable heatshrink is the heatshrink is goes underneath the detachable connector. Most people have their detachable heatshrink be the same colour of their primary heatshrink. But at the end of the day, you can have it be whatever colour you want.
4.3 Detachable Accent
Detachable accent is the thin piece of heatshrink that goes on the connector which results in an accented connector. This is often done to add an accent colour that further matches the connector to the keycap set you're trying to pair it with. The purists among us often opt to note use a detachable accent. Whether to use or not to use is completely within your control.
Now you are primed and ready to configure your own endgame cable to complete your endgame set-up! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! Now go and reach your endgame! Chewy Coiled Cable - By Truly Chewyie