SparkFun USB Type A Female Breakout

This simple board breaks out a female USB type A connector's VCC, GND, D- and D+ pins to a 0.1" pitch header. If you want to add a USB to  your project, but don't want to put up with soldering tiny connectors, this is the board for you.

Dimensions: 1.02 x 0.9" (26.06 x 22.93mm)

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  • OttScott / about 9 years ago * / 2

    What is the vertical dimension for this part? I will be mounting 4 in a tight spaces and need to properly space them. If Eagle Files shows it, I can't figure out how to rotate the view so see.

    • USB connector is 6.8 mm in height (from top of PCB to top of part). The flanged opening of the USB port is 7.1 mm. Max height (bottom of USB clips sticking out the bottom of the board to top of flanged opening) is about 11 mm (the clips can be bent or cut off).

  • NightEule5 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Would there be any chance of you guys getting a usb 3.0 version of this?

  • Member #713885 / about 9 years ago / 1

    It would be very helpful if you would add mounting dimensions for your products. That way mounting development could be figured in while waiting for an order to arrive.

    • Some of the products have 3D models made for them. Additionally, you can look at the EAGLE files to get these dimensions. For this board, the holes are 0.13" diameter and are placed 0.8" and 0.6" away from each other.

  • How much current can pass through it? I need 1 - 3 amps.

  • Member #611889 / about 10 years ago / 1

    If I have a + - circuit where the - is grounded. To which vcc d- d+ gnd, do I connect my circuit + and - to? Its a 5v 1a circuit

    • d+ and d- are the data lines. To supply power, (and I'm guessing that you mean + and - are used to power your circuit) + goes to vcc and - goes to gnd.

  • Posi_Phototactic / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can anyone tell me other dimensions on this board? How thick the PCB is, how far off the board the center of the USB port is.. I'm trying to CAD something up before these arrive and are in my hand. Seems like some of the available files above would give me that info, but I have a MAC so can't open them.

    • EAGLE will run in a Mac: which will let you look at the board files. The boards are 0.062 inches thick. Hope that helps.

      • Posi_Phototactic / about 10 years ago / 1

        I'd ideally need the side profile as well as the provided top view. I'll be getting the parts in soon, just trying to get a jump on a project for production. The USB port appears to bump out from the board a little, I need that little measurement to be sure everything lines up. Thanks for your help thus far.

  • TerrapinJess / about 10 years ago / 1

    Does anyone know if the BREAK AWAY MALE STRAIGHT HEADERS will fit into the VCC/D+/D-/GND through-hole solder points? What I would like to do is break off a section of 4, and solder them on so that I can make this breadboard-able. Thanks!

    • Yes, the break away male straight headers will fit into the VCC, D+, D-, and GND holes. Both the holes and the header pins have a 0.100 inch pitch.

      • TerrapinJess / about 10 years ago / 1

        GREAT! That's great news. I figured they would fit but I wanted to be sure. I just placed my order - can't wait! I'm adding an auxiliary USB port to my iHome and am in the final stages of prototyping so this will be perfect.

  • lghivizzani / about 10 years ago / 1

    salve, any ideas about availability ?

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Works great and made my project more reliable.

I used this in a Digital readout box for my milling machine, very nice quality and went in fine. Very happy with the cards.

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Works as advertised

This was easy to solder and use.

makes life easier

I use these for the master side of TWI communication, with a micro USB on the slave side. No way to mix up sda/scl, and everything is connected by easy-to-find phone cables, eliminating the ridiculous amount of wiring I used to have. As a bonus, the Fritzing part already exists... I didn't have to spend a full work day drawing. I just make the document and move on.

Don't prototype without it.

In every hobbist's kit there are some basic necessities that you just have to keep in stock. This is one of them. I have quite a few PocketBeagles that don't come with host connectors, and I just need to use that WIFI dongle. Don't forget to twist those differential pairs!

Handy USB connector

Makes it much easier to add USB power & data to your project, screw holes are great extra, and that connector pin outputs are labeled clearly and on both sides. Also, there is place for small SMD capacitor or similar. Comes with USB connector pre-soldered Price is good, considering quality, and this makes projects much easier & professional look