How to Use Solderless Breadboards
Author: Wayne Eggert
In this tutorial I'll explain what electronic breadboards are, how to use them and why you should be ashamed for not having at least one in your electronic arsenal yet! We'll learn how breadboards are layed out, some of the types of breadboards that exist, and how to wire up a simple circuit on a breadboard.
What is a Breadboard?
Breadboards are to the field of Electronics what calculators are to the field of Mathematics -- you don't *need* to use a breadboard, but like a calculator it certianly makes getting to the solution quicker.
Let's first take a look at what breadboards are not..
Not Electronic Breadboards
Okay, now that we got that sillyness out of the way and you've realized the "bread board" in your kitchen isn't going to cut it, here are some electronic breadboards:
Electronic "Solderless" Breadboard
See the resemblance to the kitchen breadboard? Me neither..
Solderless breadboards like those pictured above are used to connect electronic components together. There's no soldering involved, just spring-loaded clips that are electrically connected throughout the breadboard and allow you to build circuits by simply pushing components into tie points (the little holes in the photos above). Some breadboards will have letters at the top and bottom of the columns and numbers beside the rows. These aren't absolutely needed, but useful when you have complicated circuits that take up much of the board and make it hard to tell if you're in the right row/column when you're connecting components on the board.
As you can see in the photos above, breadboards come in many different sizes. When you're looking to purchase a breadboard they will usually say something like "800 tie points" and that usually also gives a good indication of the size of the breadboard if you're buying online without a picture. You don't need every size breadboard, but having a few smaller ones for little projects and a large breadboard (like the middle photo above) allow you to work on multiple projects at once.
Lets see how breadboards work..page1 page2 page3 page4 page5
|Posted 03/22/12 4:44PM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|Now where do you buy them? I found an interesting place to buy them at nordevx.com Anybody know of some other places?|
|Posted 01/22/12 2:44AM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|i did this and blowed an led!|
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|Posted 12/17/11 10:55AM by ashoksharmaz87|
The article is really very good!
Another good link that I found about breadboard is http://www.engineersgarage.com/insight/how-breadboard-works
|Posted 10/16/11 4:34AM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|Hi, can anyone please explain why putting both the LED leads into holes which are electrically common would create a short circuit? I'd say there would just be no potential difference across the LED, hence it wouldn't light up. Am I wrong?|
|Posted 04/23/11 1:22PM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|hello can anyone please help me find out how to connect a switch with the board? Thanks.|
|attach a switch|
|Posted 02/23/11 8:11PM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|how can I connect a six pin right angle slide switch to this set up|
|Posted 01/05/11 12:09AM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|This is a clear explantion for anybody tryuing tono about solderlessbreadboard. Thanks a lot|
|Posted 10/28/10 8:56AM by ragraghu_k|
very good for the learners , its climbing the ladder step by step , i think i can learn a lot
thank you very much
|Posted 10/18/10 6:41PM by dvdove|
|good info,easily understood.|
|Posted 09/23/10 7:35PM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|In the diagram showing the LED connection to the battery, the resistor needs to be connected between the positive lead of the battery and the LED. The diagram is shown backwards, therefore, the voltage will be too much and probably blow the LED.|
|Posted 08/01/10 12:52AM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|Simple but Useful...:D|
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|Posted 09/26/09 10:36AM by Anonymous Techdoser|
|Superb!!! As an electronics novice I'm very thankful for your informative intro...Cheers|