Instructables

Arduino Nano Adapter - More Space on Your Protoboards

Welcome!
First off: this is my first Instructable! Any feedback to improve any upcoming ones is welcome! :)

If you, just like me, have an Arduino Nano, you've probably noticed that when you put it on a protoboard you immediately lose three usable rows because the Ardunio is too broad! This usually means more wires to other columns or even other boards to get more space for the wires you want to use.
Now, it may not always be a problem for the IO's, but you may still want to utilise the (i.e. one) protoboard as much as possible and therefore you may want those extra few rows (45 holes in total)!
I don't know you, but I want to make use of as much space as possible if I can. [I can be somewhat OCD about a lot of stuff..]

To fix this small problem, I made myself a small, simple adapter! I know it's not the prettiest thing in the world, but hey, it works as intended. Would be rather strange if it didn't!

For this you'll need wires, female and male pins, and prototyping PCB! The most difficult thing was for me the soldering. Solder the wires before the pins! I think that's the easiest way!

I colour coded the pins/wires so that it's a little easier to see what is what,
and here are the colours I've used and how many they are:

2x  RED          =   5V/Vin
2x  BLACK      =   GND
2x  PURPLE   =   Reset
6x  BLUE         =   Digital IO (NOT PWM)
6x  GREEN     =   PWM
8x  WHITE      =   Analog Input
1x  GREY        =   Analog Referance
1x  BROWN    =   RX
1x  YELLOW   =   TX
1x  ORANGE  =   3.3V

These are the colours I've used, but you may of course do however you want! Who am I to say otherwise?

Now you're probably wondering "But what about the length of the wires?!"
Answer: 500 lightyears are most likely more than enough. My wires were 11cm when I cut them, but most of them are probably around 10cm now. This is enough to get the Arduino elevated and I think it's a quite nice! Use whatever length you want!
If you're unfamiliar with the metric system or if you just don't care about calculating how many inches that is;
1" = 25.4mm = 2.54cm
10cm = 4" (not exactly, but who cares, huh? They're just wires)

The prototyping PCB's used are 2cm x 4cm and 1cm x 4cm.
But it's easier to count the holes! 7 x 15 holes and 4 x 15 holes!

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the components alone, as I thought of this whole posting-thing when the adapter was done, but don't hesitate to ask if you want help!