Posted by Unknown on 9th Jul 2014
Have now used several of these to make up my own shields for various incantations of I/O and RS485 communications boards. They are really easy to use and designs are easily transferrable off the plugin breadboard.
It would be an advantage to have a choice of selecting either the 5V suppy or 3.3V supply for termination to the main power rail by use of a wire link jumper somewhere.
Posted by Chris on 2nd Mar 2014
These are a great bit kit. However what I would recommend, if stack-ability isn't a requirement of your build, is to get the 40pc breakaway headers instead of the R3 header kit. The Breakaway pins are a lot sturdier and wont bend nearly as much, whilst minimising the height profile of your board.
Also it's probably obvious, but plan out your design before you just go at it with this, trying to clear solder from the board holes is a nightmare...
But yes In all, these are a great bit of kit. the 5v and GND rails are conveniently placed and its reall easy to work with. My only problem is that none of the pins have number markings. It's just a minor inconvenience but it would really help if they were numbered.
Posted by David Oxley on 28th Jan 2014
For one of my projects I'm putting an Uno and this shield into the 'Box for Arduino' (Part PPA000009). The box has three plastic pillars which go through the three holes in the Uno (and other shields) which hold it in place. This board is missing on of these holes, so I had to cut away a little bit of this shield (the blank part on the right in the picture just above the gnd) to make way for the third pillar.
Posted by Jim on 18th Oct 2013
These boards are excellent value. The only suggestion I have is that it could list the on-board connections that are already made. I'll be buying more :)
Posted by Roy on 20th Feb 2013
Yes we will add another line of pins that are connected to the arduino pins on rev2. At the moment you just have to jumper from the breadboard row to the already soldered arduino pins.
Posted by Bradley W on 19th Feb 2013
To Dave B's comment, I've just finished soldering my first board. It looks great and it works! But I have no idea how to solder in the headers given that I also need to solder in a few pins from the breadboard circuit itself...
Any suggestions from anyone on how to do this?
Also noticed that the 2 ground pins are not connected together on the board -- shouldn't be a biggy when it's stacked as you can rely on the arduino to connect these, but prior to stacking it did throw me a bit as the LED didn't ground until I realised it would only do so when stacked.
On the whole though, I'm chuffed with this -- worked a treat (even though I now have no more finger prints left!)
Posted by Dave B on 9th Feb 2013
Just to correct what I posted earlier. I hadn't spotted the GND connection next to digital pin 13. That one is connected to the GND rail, meaning I could have saved myself a bit of soldering on the two boards I've assembled so far! Doh!
Good to hear there'll be a V2, it won't stop me buying these in the meantime as they are just so convenient for a lot of things I want to do.
Posted by Richard - Proto-PIC on 8th Feb 2013
Yep, we were so excited to come up with the idea, not enough of us saw the obvious improvements available before we sent the design off to get manufactured.
Rest assured, rev 2 will contain all these improvements and any others that our customers can suggest before we finalise the design
Posted by Dave B on 8th Feb 2013
Have got a couple of things on the go with these. Wish there was a row of holes connected to the arduino pins - that would mean giving up some room on the prototyping bit but well worth it in my view. Also, connecting the main central ground rail to, er, ground would be good. Fairly sure I've had to make that connection myself. Overall 8/10 - not hard to make that 10/10 for me though.
Posted by Russell Scott on 13th Jan 2013
I got a pack of these delivered yesterday, transferred my circuit from my breadboard to the shield, soldered it up, I now have a permanent 'Shield' I can just put on my Arduino, without having to re-build it every time I need to use it.
The Breadboard shield has the same pattern as a half size breadboard with a row taken away from each side of the centre channel due to space limitations. This allows you to easily move a circuit from a prototyping breadboard to a more permanent installation. this new revision is Rev 3 compatible and has had twin header rows added.
Please note this does not come with header pins, we have listed male a female headers below:
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