Introduction: Sleek ESP8266 Breadboard Adapter With Pin LABEL

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ESP8266 WiFi to Serial Module is a real craze nowadays, so I ordered mine.

After receiving I was excited and wanted to test it with my USB-Serial adapter using the Breadboard but realized that it cannot be inserted in the breadboard directly!! The commercially available adapters are costly and delivery would take time so I made this adapter.

Step 1: Tools & Components

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I used whatever I had at hand, but you can improvise and make it more professional


  1. Vero Board (or Line-Vero)
  2. Male Header Pin Strip
  3. Female Header Pin Strip
  4. Cello Tape (for Lamination)
  5. Double-Sided Adhesive Tape (or even Craft Glue will do)
  6. Solder


  1. Soldering Rod
  2. Scissors
  3. Hacksaw Blade 12" (or better a Hacksaw)
  4. Wire Cutter
  5. Tweezers

Step 2: Preparing the Components

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You only need a 5x4 holes vero section where there should be 5 rows of copper track of length 4 holes.If you can't follow see the photos and you would know what I mean by that.

  • Now cut that part using the hacksaw blade and finally cut smaller parts using the wire cutter.The Wire cutter works better to straighten the edges.Now cut four copper tracks at the middle as I have done.
  • Cut two Strips of 5 Male Header pins each.
  • Cut two Strips of 4 Female Header pins each.
  • Push the 5-Pin Male header pins all the way down until they are invisible in one side of the plastic frame.

Step 3: Soldering..

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Remember: Solder the Female Header (4-Pins each) before the 5-pin Male Headers.Or else it would be a hell of a work to solder the female headers afterwards.

Solder the female headers together in dual-row type along the cut tracks of copper.

Now Insert and Solder the Male headers on either side of the dual row Female Header.

**The uncut copper track below provides a bridge(short) between either side of the breadboard or it can be used to bring a single pin from one side to the other.From top it forms an uncovered part of vero which gives a sense of direction to the adapter.

Step 4: Preparing the Pin Labels

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Print the Pin-Labels PDF I attached in an A4 paper with actual size (don't use fit-to-page).

Cut the labels a little outside the border then stick the printed side to a clear cello-tape piece.

Now carefully cut the extra portion of the cellotape along the border of the label.

Do this for both the labels (for each side).

Step 5: Sticking the Labels

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Stick the Labels on their respective sides as shown with respect to the uncovered edge of veroboard:

  • Cut a portion of the Double-sided sticky tape and attach to one side of the female header.Now peel off the paper to expose the other sticky side.
  • Now carefully stick the correct Label with the help of the tweezers, aligning the edge with the top edge of the female header.
  • Do the same for the other side.Now press to stick it properly.

Step 6: Connecting the ESP8266

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To align the pins correctly with the Pin-labels consider the instructed orientation.

The tail end of the printed antenna on the PCB of the ESP8266 module should be pointing to the same direction as the veroboard uncovered edge.The photo above will clarify the orientation


diy_bloke (author)2016-10-31

I have made exactly this, but never thought of putting labels on it. I will now

fknaesel (author)2016-10-06

Thumbs up, loved the labels!

ThothLoki made it! (author)2016-10-01

Great idea! Thanks for the labels!!!

zodiac1111 made it! (author)2015-03-14

I'm not good at soldering, so I do like this.

Hitm_n (author)zodiac11112015-12-23

Nice. What's the part number on those headers?

I used to desolder the default headers and solder on my own right angle headers, but some boards are cheap and I end up tearing the pads off.

zodiac1111 (author)Hitm_n2015-12-24

Sorry I am not good at English,and not understand what you say very well. I just buy some [90° Bent pins header] and bend the pins at bottom of the plastic.

fxstrike (author)zodiac11112015-11-26

just add label

technochatter (author)zodiac11112015-03-18

Nice Work! DIYers always improvise

PedroM11 (author)2015-11-11

Nice and clean!

technochatter (author)2015-10-05

@Akin Yildiz

Make a version 2.0 of your plant project:

Add a pH sensor to measure
the soil pH and update status with IOT so that it notifies when to add
manure or change the soil.Then it will be the perfect upgrade :-)

technochatter (author)2015-10-05

My old works are lying around and not yet documented. I loath a poor documentation in haste, hence need time to create a perfect Instructable of my previous projects. I will post soon. Sorry if I haven't got time to respond to everybody's comments

technochatter (author)2015-10-05

Thank Guys your comments really inspire me!! I am a bit tied up in academics but raring to build some awesome IOT projects even have some clever ideas not yet implemented.

Ksta (author)2015-09-16

Thanks !

JaneE3 (author)2015-08-11

Awesome, if you are in USA and want to get ESP8266 in a fast way. Here is your choice:

SnaxMuppet made it! (author)2015-08-05

Many thanks for this. It was my very first attempt at soldering so it helped me no end.

I found the female connectors (the black plastic bits) easily came off the pins so I hot glued them. Not pretty but everything is now solid.

Clapoti made it! (author)2015-07-21

Thanks for the idea :)

NeilK3 (author)2015-07-05

Here is another alternative that doesn't need soldering.

MikeTeachman made it! (author)2015-04-18

Great tutorial. The labels were an excellent idea. Thanks for your time and effort to share !

dushyantahuja (author)2015-04-04

Really Nice and simple

Akin Yildiz made it! (author)2015-03-08

good stuff.. i made mine for the new smart plant pot body i am working on currently, it is going to be solder-free, plug&play.

thank you for sharing..!

You are Welcome.

Your works are nice amalgamation of nature & technology!!

:) that's a very nice and needed comment, thank you !!

tytower (author)2015-03-04

Just advertising your post hardly seems appropriate

tytower (author)2015-03-04

Yes thats good . They are difficult to handle otherwise

Martinventurado (author)2015-03-03


Thanks man!!

mnannestad (author)2015-03-03

Nice'n'simple. Might I suggest changing the title, or at least referencing the fact that this adapter is purely for the ESP-01 module. There are (currently) 11 other easily available versions of this module, each in differing form factors.

technochatter (author)mnannestad2015-03-03

Ya I have made a thread in the ESP8266 forum as ESP-01 already, here I think its pretty obvious from the cover photo.Anyway thanks for suggesting.

technochatter (author)2015-03-03

Will do surely

russ_hensel (author)2015-03-01

Nice, interesting, and has some kinship with my recently posted project ( ). There are also other related instructables in particular a bunch is this section of a breadboard collection:

Headers and perf board are powerful tools in the right hands.


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