- 100W power bank
- Silicone USB-C cable
- At least one spool of solder
- A Mini-T stand
- A Pinecil with a M2x4mm thumbscrew (used to secure the tips)
What I've come up with so far is the result of hacking and stretching my existing case design and adding some features to allow it to be more simply updated for different irons.
Thanks to Daniel Soussi at GrabCAD for the 3D model of the Pinecil iron. I use the model to help define a slightly larger cavity to set the iron into. The tray will also accommodate a Pincel with a thumbscrew to hold the tips (M2 x 4mm similar to these).
Update 2/18/2023 - I've printed a couple test parts and they fit, but I have a few more parts to test before I print the whole thing (and then will upload it to Printables if it works).
Update 2/24/2023 - I printed the base to test it out and the battery fits well. However I decided to get the Pinecil 1M USB cable, since my current silicone USB cable (though really nice) is just a bit too long to fit in the case without some alterations. I'm gonna wait until the Pinecil gets back in stock on Feb 27 before ordering the cable (it's a good deal for the cable, but the shipping is a bit much for just a cable, unless ordering a few things at the same time). I plan to design a small spool to hold the cable, which should fit inside the case.
Update 3/30/2023 - I received the 1M USB cable and have designed a spool to hold it, which will fit in the case. I uploaded the spool first as a separate item, since it can stand on it's own as a model which could be useful.
Update 3/31/2023 - After some helpful feedback on Reddit, the design is getting a do-over from the ground up, to hopefully increase the bend radius of the cable ends. This little cable spool seemed like a minor part of a larger project, and so I just roughly copied existing designs to avoid doing the actual work of designing it. As it turned out, what should have been a simple part is now a bit of a project in itself. But that's fine with me, since I hope the end design is an improvement, and worth the plastic. I left the current model up with the STEP file for now, but it will get updated with a Version 2 once I have it printed and tested. Below is a pic of Version 2, which is in the works (this is not the final design, since I'm still verifying the dimensions, but it will look similar).
Update 4/1/2023 - The new and improved USB-C spool holder is now uploaded to Printables and Thingiverse (actually three versions since I don't know when to stop sometimes). It was probably more trouble than it was worth, but I think the final version is much improved, thanks to the feedback on Reddit for the initial version.