Description: The Arduino Mega now has its very own prototyping shield! The SparkFun MegaShield mates with the Arduino Mega board and gives the user a prototyping area, two general LEDs, and, most important of all, the Arduino Mega reset switch is brought to the top level. The shield also works with our small breadboards if you don’t want to solder to the prototyping area.
This comes in kit form and must be soldered together by the end user. Please note - we do not ship assembly instructions! All soldering is through-hole (relatively easy) but always check your component orientation before soldering!
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potential risk of shorting over usb jack and no pads to connect to arduino header pins…not sure what the point is without that…
Thanks for the feedback. I’ll pass this along to our Engineers for consideration if this item comes up for revision.
-Includes a green and red LED, but doesn’t label which is which and they are super-bright… a bit overkill for status lights. -5 v bus runs right over the USB connector, creating a shorting hazard. With proto board seated fully, this section of the board can’t be used anyway as it is touching the USB connector. -Kit includes only 8 pin headers. One must be cut to length for the 6 pin spot (yet a 6 pin header is available in the Uno kit) and the other extra must be cannibalized to make two 2-pin connectors to cap off the large block on the end of the board. Not hard if you have good small side-cutters, but I cringe to think of using anything larger. -No breakouts for the headers; either need to make connections through the top or solder on the bottom. This would be nice for at least the main headers along the side, but who knows… maybe that would cost too much space.
Overall it works, but there are pitfalls.