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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.
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easy to use!
Makes using joystick lot easier!
I bought this breakout to make my first soldering project. It was super easy to solder and looks great! It's a necessity if you're trying to experiment with an analog joystick.
Several years ago I sent in a comment about how the joystick breakout board did not have mounting holes. They took my comment and redesigned the board. I have now bought 4 sets of the breakout board and ps2 joystick. I used to pay over $100 for a joystick that these two parts replace for under $10. Thank you sparkfun!
I was able to solder the joystick with no problem and it's much easier to use with the Arduino now. If you are getting the joystick you'll want one of these too.
If nothing else, it makes sorting out the Thumb Joystick's pins a breeze. Each of my small stash of joysticks has one of these waiting for it.
The corner holes and the small size of the board make it a great fit for this kind of project. You can use the corner holes to mount the board on a 3D print and glue the joystick in place for a secure and easy-to-build custom joystick. Also, the joystick that accompanies this board is the ALPS RKJXK122400Y analog stick. ALPS is the company that makes joysticks for all three gaming giants, so you can trust that the stick is quality (or, at least of the quality you would get in a controller) is the same. But, good luck finding it for a better price than Sparkfun, because ALPS themselves sells 'em for $10.
Didn't have to remove the headers that won't work in almost every actual use case. Can solder control wires directly to pcb.