Just got an ultra thin digital LED strip last month. Worked great connected to a Spikenzielabs Rainbow Light Show at home, took the combo to school (I teach) to demo RGB colors for a class.
Looks like in the transport to school, which wasn't rough, the first in pixel has gone flaky. Now the strip only works if I hold the first second section of the tape (from solder to first pixel) between my fingers. (Tested the Light Show with other strips). Strip is either off, flaky (sticks at one color) or behaves correctly.
Wondering the best strategy to debug and fix the strip. Cut off the first LED and solder new leads? Can't really alligator clip the pads past the first LED given the thin strip. Have postponed adding the JST connector for now.