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January 10, 2007

Blue Mouse

I was tired of the red LED in my Logitech optical mouse, so I changed it. It took me less than 10 minutes (including searching for an LED).

It is very simple, just open up the mouse, desolder the LED, replace it by a LED of your choice (blue in my case), put it back together, and thats it!

I also slightly bent the spring in the scroll wheel so it scrolls much smoothly and quietly.

By the way, I noticed a better performance of the mouse on surfaces where it failed to work properly in the past... weird, but cool.

LED Specs (for the curious):

Emitted Colour : OCEAN BLUE
Size: 5mm
Forward Voltage : 3.2 V ~ 3.8 V
Luminous Intensity: 6000 mcd
Max Continuous Forward Current : 30mA


Alan said...

Looks good! I wonder why mouse manufactures have stuck with boring red?

By the way, good choice on LED! ;)

Carlos said...

Thanks for the comment and the link. And you're right, the LEDs are good ;)

Anonymous said...

I'd imagine manufacturers don't use blue because they are usually a bit more expensive, and when you make thousands of the things, pennies add up pretty quickly.

Mr. Evil said...

Any idea if there's any particular colors you should avoid using?

Carlos said...

Mr Evil,
Any light color should work as long as it is bright enough (I suppose).

I hope this helps.