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ProtoBoard - Kangaroo (USB+SMD)

Replacement: None. There is no direct replacement for this part, but take a look at the prototyping section for more prototyping boards. This page is for reference only.

We asked ourselves what we would want in a project board. What would an ideal platform for most any given project look like? After putting a laundry list together of 'wants' and 'needs', we created the SparkFun Protoboards. We hope you like it as much as we do.

The marsupial naming convention is what happens when you let Engineers into a Marketing meeting. They looked so happy, we just couldn't tell them no. Kangaroo is the board with USB serial, charging, and SMD proto.

This is a project board specially designed to fit the Sparkfun Enclosures. The board provides the user with 3.3V and 5V regulated rails from a single Lithium Polymer battery. USB serial communication is also on-board with an FTDI FT232 USB chip, with selectable 3.3V or 5V logic. The LiPo cell plugs into the provided JST connector, and charging is available over USB (100mA) or external source (5V, 250mA). Finally, the board has a generous prototyping area for surface mount components (2.54mm x 1.27mm, 50mil x 100mil pads).

  • 3.3V@100mA
  • 5V@265mA (DC-DC Step Up)
  • LiPo Battery Connection (3.8V nominal)
  • USB-Serial TTL connection
  • Proto Area for SMD
  • Fits SparkFun enclosure


Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • This board is more useful than I thought at first. The positions of the pads are well selected for most SMT purposes.
    It would be very useful, though, if there were a row of PTH holes on one or both of the left & right edges, perhaps connected to the adjacent SMD pad. This would make interfacing to off board resources with standard pin headers or wire wrap much easier.
    -- Dave

  • Quality control: please check the current batch of these. Mine came with a bunch of the pins on the FTDI chip soldered together, and one of the leds only touching one pad. I'll take a photo and email if you want. Fixing it tonight.

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