LCD Add-On for SIK

Replacement: None. We now include an LCD with our new SIK V3. This page is for reference only.

Nothing is cooler than visual feedback for a project. Well, there are cooler things, but just go with it. This is an add-on to the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) which gives you the ability to use an LCD as a visual interface for your project.

Note: This version just includes the basic parts and is meant as an add-on for the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. Some soldering is required.

Customer Comments

  • whats with the trimpot?

  • I plugged it in like shown in the example. I can change contrast but thats all. No reaction, no letters. do you have any idea?

  • On the Arduino website, the example says “The LiquidCrystal library allows you to control LCD displays that are compatible with the Hitachi HD44780 driver.” Does this display have that driver?

  • I didn’t have problem soldering the pins to the LCD display as it was described in the tutorial. Unfortunately, when I follow the tutorial and connect it to the Arduino, I can’t see any letter. The only thing visible on the LCD is a set of vertical blinking lines columns 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 on both rows. Did I burned out the LCD add on? What I’m doing wrong. I double checked the connections (with wires) at least 4-5 times.

    • im not getting anything displayed here either…. i bought 2 of these and neither of them work. they light up, if it i run a sketch like autoscroll i get a slight flicker.. i tried both displays

      -edit- would it make a difference if i soldered the headers on the underside instead of the top?

      • Ok, i figured out what i was doing wrong.. i had R/W going to 5v instead of ground :O

    • Similar problem here… did you burned your LCD? How you get to know if it was blown?

  • Not to complain, but I ordered this with the SIK, and nowhere on this page or in the PDF guide does it mention that you need to solder it. I just ordered my kit, and would rather not have waited on a second order for a soldering kit before I got to play with this, so you may want to give some of us noobs a heads up. =)

  • The “How To Use” PDF refers to a tutorial that looks dead now at
    I guess it described how to assemble or solder it. Can we get that back? I could use it since I’m new to this!

  • I’m having to prop up the LCD at an angle so the male headers make contact. Is there any other thing I could do?

  • The last picture shows the LCD display being used with the SIK, with a mounting board that holds both the Arduino and the breadboard. Is that part of the SIK?

  • How is this different from a standard Basic 16x2 Character LCD, other then it is cheaper. Not complaining, I like cheaper, just curious.

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