SparkFun Support and Front Desk will be closed on Thursday 11/14 from 1-2:30pm for a company event. Please plan to pick up your orders before or after this timeframe.
This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.
Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
See all skill levels
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
See all skill levels
Based on 4 ratings:
Many products manufactured have these on them, and for good reason. changing parameters is one great usage I have, such as Daylight Savings time, unit conversion selector. Or changing bits in a byte to select one of 32 options.
This is a really neat switch to have and its useful for settings that don't need to be changed too often but it has a hard time staying securely on a breadboard due to the short leads.
I got this for messing around with basic logic circuits on a breadboard, problem is it won't stay plugged into a breadboard for more than a second or two
Sorry to hear about the trouble with the dip switches. Typically they're pretty reliable on breadboards, but if you are going to be changing the switches, it's advised that you use a small screwdriver to flip the switches or to stabilize it with a finger when flipping the switches to not put additional lateral force on the switches. If you want to setup a return, or discuss possible work arounds for this issue, please contact us at Techsupport@sparkfun.com
The legs on this aren't long enough to catch in the breadboard and it pops out. Would love to find one that stays put.
You might try a different breadboard with these. Some breadboards are more forgiving of short leads than others.