For many years the most common way to clean and adjust the NES 72 pin connector was manually bending the pins back to position. This method is still very useful and valid in certain situations. You can view my older article here. which also describes how to disassemble the NES and remove the connector.
To my surprise there is a new and improved way of adjusting the 72pin.
Skip ahead a few years and I decided to try the boiling process again. It worked beautifully! To my surprise the boiling process offers more than cleaning and breaking loose dirt & oil from the metal. The heat relaxes the metal and allows it to more closely assume its original shape.
Manually bending the pins may be needed after boiling, so far I have encountered that.
How to Boil:
- Place the connector in clean preferably stainless steel pot. I would suggest using a pot that is not used for cooking. It is a good practice to keep mad scientist projects and food separate.
- Add enough water to fully submerge the connector. I suggest placing it front side down, the force of boiling bubbles will be directed inside the pins. Don't worry, the plastic will not melt.
- Turn the burner on high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Let the connector boil for 30mins.
- Allow to cool, rinse and fully dry before installing. A hair dryer can speed up the drying process.
I have experimented with adding a small amount of baking soda to the water. Theoretically this will increase the cleaning ability during the boiling process. Baking Soda is a great natural cleaner and is proven to remove corrosion from the inner pins and hard to reach areas. I would not advise this method with the cheap aftermarket 72pins. Aftermarket pins are often made of aluminum which will tarnish in baking soda water = not good.
I hope this article was helpful to my readers. If you have any questions, comments or want to share your experiences with cleaning these 72pins please share below.