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May 16, 2011
A whole bunch of them.
about 4 years ago
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking:
“Hey, I need some bluetooth capabilities, and I like this chip, but I really don’t want to drop money ($65!!!) for the full board (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9358). I’ll just solder some connections myself! I’m an amateur hobbyist, but I’m not bad with a soldering iron!"
You are thinking wrong. Unless you are Gandalf, you are undertaking a nigh impossible journey. After at least an hour, I finally managed to get some decent connections. Then, attempting with the greatest care to wire it up, the slightest touch pulled off one of my wires. And no, the connection didn’t come unsoldered, the copper pad pulled out of the board. Even Gandalf can’t fix that.
So here I am, about watch $65 fall out of my pocket for the breakout board. I leave this warning for those of you who don’t have soldering irons for fingers.
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