Description: This is one giant solderless breadboard! It has 7 power buses, 40 columns, and 63 rows - with a total of 3220 tie in points. All pins are spaced by a standard 0.1". The two sets of five columns are separated by about 0.3", perfect for straddling a DIP package over. The board accepts wire sizes in the range of 20-29AWG.
This board also has 4 binding posts, a black aluminum plate backing, and 4 rubber standoffs to keep your breadboard suspended safely on your workstation.
Dimensions: 9.25 x 8.0 x 1.25" (234.95 x 203.2 x 31.75mm)
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Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Based on 21 ratings:
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The contacts are a little tight when poking leads in. Resistors & capacitors and even #22 solid wires may buckle unless you poke them in with needle nose pliers near the end. BUT, it's not all that bad.
Really, this is an excellent value for the money. I have two now and will probably get a couple more so I can set unfinished projects aside. I just pull the banana patch cables from the binding posts and swap the other board in. At this price, it's affordable to do that.
The size, orientation and number of tie points is just about perfect in my opinion.
One other minor caution; the rubber feet tend to discolor blue antistatic mats over time. They leave permanent brown spots. I suspect a slow chemical reaction. I pitched the feet and attached a few layers of non-slip, self-adhesive strips (from Home Depot or Lowe's) to the bottom along the edge with the binding posts. These don't react with the mat, the board stays put, the binding posts are kept away from the mat and the board tilts toward me just slightly. Life is good. :-)
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I was super excited to finally have room to do larger prototypes. Unfortunately, the tie in points are very inconsistent in what diameter wire they accept. Don't expect to use this product with the resistors that are in the SparkFun resistor kit. If you turn the breadboard over, half of your resistors will fall out. This makes testing a nightmare and the board untrustable.
I have one of these on m desk that I just turn upside down and shook, and I can't get anything to fall out. Sounds like your's may be an anomaly. We'll take care of that for you.
It's hard to get excited about a giant breadboard, but it is exactly what it says it is: a giant breadboard with screw terminals. I can't think of anything to say about it other than that, which I suppose is the best compliment I can give. :)
Fantastic price, worth getting more than one. The big distributors (Mouser, etc.) don't seem to give you breaks on prototyping stuff, so this is the best price around. Not even Amazon sellers have something comparable.
Just to share: I don't usually use the binding posts, so I've been using the empty space on the metal for mini-breadboards and euro-style terminal strips.
My design workflow is so much better with a couple of these sketchpads on my bench. Thank you, Sparkfun.
This is a great product. It has a fantastic build quality. I will mention that I opted to use my own adhesive bumper feet, which had a larger adhesive base than the feet provided, after reading the issues people had with them. Feet aside, this is definitely going to help me with larger projects, or organizing multiple smaller projects on the same board.
Love my giant breadboard. As someone already mentioned in a separate review, the rubber feet do not adhere very well to the bottom of the board. This could be a problem if you use the binding posts, because without the rubber feet, the binding posts will contact the bench, and you risk a short. Probably best to avoid the binding posts. Fortunately, they can be easily removed by unscrewing the nut fasteners. Alternatively, you could find better feet.
Excellent product, I'll recommend it.
It is big, well made and plenty of room to do whatever you would need plenty of connections for.
The price is great too.
I am well pleased with this item.
So far so good. I just wish for the 2 cents more cost to manufacture they would throw in the molded plastic washers that go on the bottom of the binding post before the nut so they can't spin in the hole like on other breadborads I have.
I love all of this real estate I can test bigger projects without having to resort to error prone jumpering between multiple small breadboards.
Got one months ago. Used it a couple times to test some simple circuits quickly, it seemed to work fine.
Now I’m actually using it for a larger circuit, and most of the tie points make poor contact - wasted a bit of time troubleshooting. Turns out over half the board is defective and you have to apply pressure and bend it slightly for ties to make contact. Very frustrating - would not recommend.
Alternative: I’ve had better luck connecting 4x of these breadboards together: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11317 Only problem.. not enough real estate (you'd need about 9 to get the same area)
Sorry to hear about the connection issues with the breadboard! Have you contacted our technical support department @ firstname.lastname@example.org ? They're usually very good about helping setup replacements for products that are not functioning as expected.
Not too much to say. It's a breadboard. Good quality; was exactly as described. Sturdy. Affordable. There's plenty of room for everything, which is why I bought it in the first place. No problems at all. Would definitely recommend the product to someone who needed a large board for prototyping.
There is plenty of room to lay out all the components and wiring in a logical sequence when following a schematic.
Because the colors and styles of most breadboards these days are almost identical, it appears that they are all manufactured with some common sources. That said, I have had good ones and bad ones -- mostly depending on the metallic conductor clips that are installed on the underside. The poor ones have problems. This one 'APPEARS' to be good quality in that regard but only time will tell. I will post another review once there is time to test this one out. I do like the mounting base. It gives a solid feel. The price is appropriate also. Thank you.
So far this thing is great... what isnt to love about a nice and roomy, 4 large breadboard wide breadboard :) Tons of room for mucking around with guitar distortion circuits. And the price is no more than 4 large breadboards sold individually! (I believe I got mine for a little less than buying 4 boards individually.)
Would not recommend. The holes are too tight on mine. Trying to get a teensy with standard pins made the board flex until it touched the table, and I had to pry it up with a screwdriver to get it out. The breadboard jumpers from spark fun often bend when trying to get them in. I will be getting a more expensive board from a reputable manufacturer like 3M. This one is more hassle than it’s worth.
But for the rubber legs that won't stay glued to the back of the board, but who would seriously expect those things to stick to the metal more than a day or two anyway?