SparkFun gator:color ProtoSnap

The SparkFun gator:color ProtoSnap is one of a series of gator-clippable accessories called gator:boards created to directly interface with the micro:bit or to other micro controllers! The gator:color ProtoSnap is perfect if you want to add a low-profile, glowing component to your project. It is equipped with six LED boards that can be kept as a whole or broken apart for individual use!

Included on each board are two white LED boards; a single red board, green board, blue board and yellow board; and a power rail. Since this is a ProtoSnap, the board has power tabs broken out on the edges so it doesn’t have to be broken apart to light up the individual LEDs. Snapping the board apart can be easily done by twisting each of the LED boards side to side until it pops out and will need to be done if you want to light any of the LEDs on their own.

The LEDs can be powered one of two ways. The first simply turns the LED on, and is done by clipping the - side of the LED to ground on the micro:bit, and connecting the + to 3V on the micro:bit. The other way to control these LEDs is to connect to pins 0, 1 and 2. Doing this will allow you to turn the LEDs on and off with the micro:bit, as well as change the brightness level!

Included on the ProtoSnap

  • 2x White gator:LED Board
  • 1x Red gator:LED Board
  • 1x Green gator:LED Board
  • 1x Blue gator:LED Board
  • 1x Yellow gator:LED Board
  • 1x Power Rail Board

SparkFun gator:color ProtoSnap Product Help and Resources

SparkFun gator:bit v2 Hookup Guide

January 31, 2019

The gator:bit v2 is a breakout board for the BBC micro:bit. The gator:bit exposes almost every pin on the micro:bit to clippable pad with circuit protection. It also has as built-in addressable LEDs and a built-in buzzer.

Getting Started with the micro:bit

September 2, 2021

The BBC micro:bit is a compact, powerful programming tool that requires no software installation. Read on to learn how to use it YOUR way!

Gator:color ProtoSnap Hookup Guide

October 18, 2018

Clip some LED's onto your gator:bit with the gator:color.

Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • phenoptix / about 6 years ago / 1

    Howdy! Is there any reason these aren't RoHS? Similar products like the LilyPad LEDs are, is this something that's been missed on listing or have you genuinely switched to good ol' lead solder?

    • M-Short / about 6 years ago / 1

      Nothing in our processes makes us believe that these are not RoHS compliant. We use Lead Free solder on all our assemblies and most components sold now a days are RoHS compliant. That being said we don't have the paperwork to prove these are RoHS compliant and so we've chosen not to mark it as compliant. I'll look into the LilyPad LEDs, but my guess is they were marked as RoHS a long time ago when we operated under a slightly different policy. If you have any other questions feel free to email our support staff.

      • phenoptix / about 6 years ago / 1

        Thanks for the response, to be honest it was a double check. We're not able to sell these in the EU (neither should you actually!) without RoHS.

        • M-Short / about 6 years ago / 1

          If you are looking to distribute these in the EU I recommend getting a hold of our distributor services team ( and they might be able to help you out.

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