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Member Since: January 7, 2010

Country: United States

  • Yes the spark fun prices are higher than you will pay at say Digikey or Mouser. But the big difference is you don't have to comb through 3,000 USB connectors to find the one that will work well in the hobbyist market. Plus you have full, and accurate pictures. I've spent $20 buying various barrel connectors from Mouser and other places trying to find a match to the "standard" one that comes on most equipment. And after all that, I still don't have the right one. I would have been many hours and money ahead just buying one from SF.

  • Check out the 80/20 store on Amazon. Prices are really reasonable, but I don't believe they have pieces this small.

  • You can buy the plans for building a CNC out of 80/20 at 80/20 CNC. I believe he charges $19 for the plans, which are worth it.
    For better prices on 80/20 extruded AU, check out the 80/20 store on Amazon

  • The female housings are also compatible with the Tyco Electronics / AMP 100 series polarized headers.
    They don't lock like they do with the 4UCON header, but there is enough friction that they fall out on there own. I had to go with the AMP's because SF doesn't sell a 3 pin right-angle polarized header :-(

  • If they are coated with a lacquer (which I doubt), that can be taken off with a lighter. I've used that method to take the lacquer off of lacquer coated wire.

  • I haven't tried, but if you applied some flux and got it hot enough, you should be able to solder wire to it.
    You might have to rough up the metal a bit, but it should be entirely possible.

  • According to their site, they won't have any ready until 14-Feb-2011 at the earliest due to a defect in the case. So, I would expect SparkFun to have them back in stock by the end of this month.
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