How to convert the Mk1 stabiliser for use with the Pop3 (and still use the Pop2, Mini, Range etc)

Those of us with the Mk1 stabiliser have the old USB3 Micro-B connector on them. How to make it work with the new Pop3? Well, I’m glad you asked; read on.

You will need:

Mk1 stabiliser
Soldering iron
DIY USB-C connectors -
A USB-C female to Micro-USB male adaptor -

I started by cutting off the Micro-B connector:

I stripped the wires back and as I suspected, there is no data communication between the stabiliser and the scanner, only power. This is good for two reasons; It means we can easily add a USB-C connector and it also means we don’t need to use a USB3 Micro-B connector for the other scanners, just a Micro-USB adaptor.

Take your USB-C plug and make note of which pads are + and g. You don’t want to get this the wrong way around. In the picture, g is on the left.

Tin the pads and the wires and solder them together

Assemble your housing with a couple of dabs of superglue and you’re done.

Now, for the older scanners you only need a USB-C to Micro-USB adaptor like the one linked above.

As you can see, the Mini works just fine with just a Micro-USB in it.


Great tutorial Andrew ! Thanks for sharing

Here are the links for the USA

USB C female to USB Micro B Male Adapter
rgzhihuifz USB 3.0 Type-C Female to USB 3.0 Micro B Male Adapter USB 3.0 Micro B Adapter Connector for Mobile Hard Disk 2-Pack

Type C Male Connector complete set- Black

ANMBEST 10Set USB 3.1 Type C Male Connector 24 Pin Welding Data Line Interface 24P PCB Board Support Module (Black)

Loctite Super Glue Gel Control, Clear Superglue for Plastic, Wood, Metal, Crafts, & Repair, Cyanoacrylate Adhesive Instant Glue, Quick Dry - 0.14 fl oz Bottle, Pack of 1

I am going to upgrade my Stabilizer this week as well .

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