iSpindel Assembly

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I mistakenly bought surface mounting battery holders instead of PCB mounting battery holders. These were much harder to mount and caused issues with the assembled circuit board fitting in the housing. Make sure you get PCB mounted battery holders!

Soldering the Gyroscope

Photo credit: CherryPhilip

It’s better to assemble the gyroscope elevated as shown above as it allows minor adjustments later.

Joey Joe Joe Jr

I was born on a pirate ship off the coast of Peru where I was given a traditional Aztec upbringing, during which I excelled in the arts of sciences. At age seven my parents accidentally murdered each other in a freak fencing accident. Heartbroken I joined the tribe of Omaha, where I trained under the legendary Vin Diesel. At age eighteen, after a failed Fear Factor audition, I set out for a berry plantation roughly four kilometers south of Albuquerque. I currently reside at Ram Ranch which really rocks!


Benjamin Gradidge · November 3, 2019 at 9:54 AM

Hey, I’m not seeing a gyro listed in your part bill? I’m guessing a MPU-6050 is needed as well?

    Joey Joe Joe Jr · November 3, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Yes, thanks for catching that Benjamin! I have added it to the list.

Bonz · November 5, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Hey Joey, any interest in selling it as a kit with all the parts? I love scratch building kits but hate having boxes of left over resistors and switches cause I have to buy a lot of 10 of them or whatever.

Also great work man, and I totally dig your open source brewing mindset. Keep on the good fight brother!

    Joey Joe Joe Jr · November 6, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Thanks for the feedback Bonz! Glad you are enjoying the videos. More electronic projects to come. I would love to put a kit together for people. I’m going to put some numbers together and figure out if it’s worth the effort. Cheers mate!

      Bonz · November 8, 2019 at 9:45 AM

      Perhaps you could sell a “Bag of misc components” if you afraid of building a full kit. If you have a bag of parts you don’t plan on using, ide be more than happy to buy one. 😉

        Giustiniani · December 13, 2019 at 2:56 AM

        Bonjour sa m’intéresse aussi que vous fassiez un kit complet

          Joey Joe Joe Jr · December 13, 2019 at 3:39 PM

          Hi, I’m looking at designing my own PCB with electrical parts that can be ordered from the same supplier in proper quantities. It’s currently in development and we’ll see where it goes. Cheers and thanks for watching, Joey Joe Joe Jr.

stu · December 4, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Thanks for the guide, I saw other guides that talk about removing a regulator or diaode from the D1 Mini, have you come accross that, I noticed you didn’t do that?

    Joey Joe Joe Jr · December 4, 2019 at 11:23 PM

    Found it. Link below. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT REMOVING THE D1 MINI DIODE IS SUPPOSED TO DO? The next comment down on the link is from the guy that built the PCB I use in the video and he says it is not necessary to remove it. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. If you find out why people are removing it please let me know. I’m interested 🙂

    Joey Joe Joe Jr · January 1, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Hi Stu,

    I was able to ask CherryPhilip and get an answer from him. Please see below. It appears that removing the diode and connecting the positive power in via a wire to the D1 mini allows you to power the iSpindel without having a battery installed. However, I took my battery out, connected my iSpindel to my USB charger and it appeared to turn on without issue. So I’m still not sure what the advantage is for making that connection.

    [CherryPhilip] I’ve never removed any diode from the Wemos, the positive line coming from the TP4056 is not directly connected to the wemos, therefore the USB is not able to power the wemos but only battery, the same from USB Wemos to battery or USB TP4056.
    In any case if you want to stay sure when you use an externally USB power for Wemos to avoid possible overcurrent , you can remove the battery from holder or keep the slide switch in off position.

      Joey Joe Joe Jr · January 9, 2020 at 12:36 AM

      I have a correction to make. When I looked into it further it appears that taking out the battery then plugging in the iSpindel via the USB charger doesn’t actually turn on the iSpindel. It does make the D1 mini LED flash on but it doesn’t actually power the iSpindel to a working condition. So that’s the answer, removing the D1 mini diode and connecting it to the battery charger allows you to power the iSpindel via USB without a battery being present.

Daniel Zikursh · December 11, 2019 at 10:17 AM

I was looking at the tilt and I think I like this as an option a bit more. I’m a fan of DIY. That said you look like one of the few playing with this. What software do you have this running on/ dumping data to? Do you know of anything that will let me dump that data to a private server?

    Joey Joe Joe Jr · December 11, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    I’m currently using Ubitdots. They have a free version that has some limitations, like only 3 devices and 30 days of data retention. It’s easy to use and has easy to configure dashboards. I plan on moving to the iSpindel TCP server ( on my Raspberry Pi and using Grafana to report from the MySQL database. Cheers.

    Ronny · December 11, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    If you don’t mind tinkering (I guess, since you’re here) you can use BrewPiLess ( and/or Brewfather( Both of these “talk” to iSpindel.

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