Introduction: Breadboard Wires Modification M-M to M-F

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A short instructable to share a tip.

Breadboard wires typically come in three various forms

  • Male to Male
    • Most common - these have a pin on each end
  • Male to Female
    • A pin on one end, socket on the other.
      These are most useful for connecting up modules that you don't want to fix directly into a breadboard.
  • Female to Female
    • Of the three - these are the least used in my projects

Breadboard Wires are cheap enough - but often I have found myself short of the correct type of wire for a project and cannot wait for a delivery.

LCD Modules, Joysticks and ultrasonic modules like those pictured on this page are best connected using neat male to female wires.

This project shows how its possible to modify a common Male to Male breadboard wire to be a Male to Female wire with just a snip.

ps. Hope the photos are good enough, all taken with my mobile phone - no stock photos used in this instructable.

Step 1: Disassemble

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Disassembly of the pin is done by carefully lifting the tag (1) up.. just the slightest...

And the connector will be released and easily come out in the direction shown (2).

Careful not to bend the plastic too much as it can easily deform or snap - we will need it intact for reassembly later.

Step 2: Make the Snip

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Using a wire snips - cut off the pin at the point shown in the photo for this step.

There should now be a nice rectangular channel that a pin can slide into.

You can use the snips to gently shape the channel to make sure it looks just like photo.

Step 3: All Done!

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Reassemble by sliding the plastic back on - making sure to have the tag the correct side up - and you are all done.

You now should have a cable suitable for hooking up those modules, or alternatively for combining with a male-to-male wire to make a longer wire.

Comments

str8ahead (author)2015-10-05

Thanks Ambrose. I just purchased a Arduino kit and started looking around for pre-made connectors. Brilliant idea, saved me some time and $$.

JemChalweDoPorzygu (author)2015-10-04

I tried on one cable and it seems they are pretty loose

Nowadays they are cheap as F*** on ebay or aliexpress

>it seems they are pretty loose

Thanks for the comment :) nice to know these are read.

I was able to squeeze the sides with the snips to shape it and they were perfect fit.

Agreed they are really cheap from China - the 4-6 weeks delivery time to my house though made this a reasonable option for me.

I also tried to squeeze the sides, works for about 10 times to push and pull out.
Do you have original female connector for comparison with DIY one ?

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