Description: Riding on the waves of the very popular Arduino USB board is this small prototyping shield. Originally spawned with collaboration between the folks at SFE and ITP @ NYU, the ProtoShield mates with the Arduino USB board and gives the user a small soldering area, two general LEDs, access to a BlueSMiRF socket, a general pushbutton switch, and most important of all - the Arduino reset switch is brought to the top level. A ProtoShield quickstart guide is available!
This comes in kit form and must be soldered together by the end user. Please note - we do not ship assembly instructions, but you can find a big, clean photographed assembly guide here! There are a few tutorials on assembly listed below. All soldering is through-hole (relatively easy) but always check your component orientation before soldering!
The kit is pictured with the bread-board option. We highly recommend this breadboard! See the related items below for all the colorful options of breadboards you have.
Note: The SparkFun ProtoShield Kit does not include the holes for the Uno R3 SDA and SCL.
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A complete kit (minus an ICSP header, but that is disclosed). My only word of caution is that the terminals on the auxiliary switch can be incredibly close to the USB plug; these are the switched side of the terminals rather than the grounded side. A little tape over the USB connector provides an appropriate level of safety.
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So I’m no pro at designing with Arduino’s or anything so maybe my opinion is weighed less. Anyways, I found the soldering easy (I’m a beginner at it) and I received the board fairly quick. Once I finished soldering my pieces I discovered that the shield does not fit the Arduino R3, or at least it does not compensate for the extra pins (i.e. SDA, SCL). I really needed it to cover all pins, because two of the pins left out - those pins being SDA and SCL - I actually need for my project. Overall, good piece of equipment, but I needed the description to state something about the fact that it does not accommodate for all of the R3 pins.
Soldering was easy. Component layout was clear. Fit perfect for the Arduino Uno.
The board is small for the amount of components I have to add to the Arduino to complete the circuit (27 total). I epoxied another board to it to fit the components I could not get on the ProtoShield. If a larger board were available I would have ordered it to begin with since I knew that I would be adding substantial additional components to make the system work.
I have a second project in mind that will also require added board space.
I hope that this suggestion is taken seriously and a larger board is soon available.
The solder pads are so small that when soldering it melts the PCB.
Sorry, solder skills vary from person to person. Also, the soldering iron you use can make a big difference in the effort it takes to solder and the success you find. There should be no problems with the pads or PCBs when properly soldered.