Several hours of work, and this sort of stuff is born… 16 new JeeNode USB’s:
It looks pretty, but I’m not going to show you the high resolution picture… even on this one you can probably spot one or two problems :)
The fact is that hand-assembly of SMD takes a lot of patience. By now, I think it’s absolutely doable for one-offs, such as to assemble one board with some parts. But larger quantities do tend to bring out the trouble spots.
Usually, on a run this size, I’ll expect to see 3 or 4 boards not working right away, and ending up with perhaps one board which I can’t fix quickly. I’ve got a box with a bunch of units by now, which don’t seem to want to be cured. Oh well, their loss – that means they get to wither away in a dark box, waiting for better times :)