Micro-USB DIY Repair

Not my best day. My intention was to swap out a v3 for a v4. It was night, and I couldn’t see the orientation of the micro-USB connection. To be fair I was thinking these cams had a USB-C (fully reversable). Well, I guess in my haste to try and cram the cable into the camera connector I was successful. Well, until the camera didn’t power on. When I brought it inside to look at it in the light, I saw that I bent a pin and rendered the camera useless.

I saw another post about a similar issue with a v3 that involved cutting the cable and splicing in a pigtail connector.

I wondered if I could cut back the female connector shell (camera side) and replace it and here’s what I did. Numbers are referenced in pic below.

(1) I used a utility knife to cut a line all the way around the casing, and two lines on one side leading to the end of the connector.

(2) Then using a small screwdriver, I pried up a bit of the plastic, then (3) pealed back that bit of plastic back to the perpendicular cut I made around the casing, finally continued (4) pealing around the connector.

(5) Discovered I needed to cut back further to get to the end of the connector, I repeated steps 2 through 4.

(6) Using cuticle scissors I nipped away at the connector and underlying cable sleeve until I had exposed all the wires.

I found what appears to be the exact connector with a different casing on Amazon. I don’t need 50 of them, but I couldn’t find a smaller quantity, and the price is decent.

Anyway, I took a lot of pictures and created this collage for anyone making the same mistake and wants a challenge.

In the pic showing the connector on the tape measure, it is a view of the narrower side of the connector, and the wire I labeled as being Brown appears Pink in brighter light, so it may appear as one or the other for you.

[Edit] I’ll update the finished repair when I get the connector(s) in and solder on the new one.

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Nice writeup. And yes, I wish Wyze was using USB-C connectors.

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It’s ALIVE!
Soldered in new connector and it worked like a charm. I could probably create a form and use epoxy to cover the exposed wires and fill the gap to make it rigid enough for outdoors, but I think I’m just going to use silicone and put this one in the garage.

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Why not use heat shrink tubing? That seems like a potentially less messy option.

Thanks for posting the original topic and the update! I’m glad it’s working for you.

YES! That’s a much better option. Thank you for that suggestion!

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You’re welcome! I don’t know if it’s better, but it’s easy, and it’s what I would likely choose for that application.

$7.88 plus soldering gun, tubing, silicon, time, should total at $30 price of new camera.
why not nag wyze for free new cable, open camera case and connect cables inside

In my case I had everything else, so it was only the $7.88, plus time.
I considered contacting Wyze for a new cable before watching a YT video on disassembling a v3 and it looked like just as much of a pain, Although, that would be cleanest option.