Arduino Bracket




Introduction: Arduino Bracket

When you are tinkering around with your Arduino and a breadboard you might want to make yourself an "Arduino Bracket". Nothing more than header pins and a piece of wire, the "Arduino Bracket" keeps wiring neat and tidy, and lets you easily disconnect your Arduino for use in other projects.

Step 1: Gather Necessary Supplies and Tools

40-Pin 2.54mm (0.1") Header Pin Strip x2 (Digikey, Newark, Local Electronics Shop)
10cm (4") 22AWG Black Stranded Wire

The header pins I used were 20cm long. These longer pins may be difficult to find, but you should be able to order them from an online supplier. The standard length (~8mm) can be used, however they may make things a bit tight.

- Soldering Iron
- Solder
- Arduino
- Wire Strippers
- Side Cutters

Step 2: Prepare the Parts

Cut the header pin strips into two, 8-pin strips and one, 17-pin strip. Insert the two 8-pin strips into the digital IO receptacles.

Next, take the 17-Pin strip and wedge it into the two 8-pin strips at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to insert the pins such that there is one disconnect pin between the two receptacles, as shown below.

Step 3: Solder the Joints

Next, carefully solder one pin at each end. Once you are sure that the two sets of header pins are sitting a more-or-less right angle, solder the rest of the pins.

Optional - Remove the unconnected pin between pins seven and eight. I personally find that this makes it easier when counting the pins. The pin can be removed by gripping the long end with a pair of side cutters and briefly heating the short end with a soldering iron. This will melt the plastic base of the header pin strip just enough to pull the pin out.

Be very careful not to get any solder on the Arduino, as a solder bridge may render it useless.

Step 4: Add the Ground Wire

Once you have soldered all of the pins, strip 1cm of the insulation off both ends of the wire, and tin it with the soldering iron. Cut one end of the tinned wire to roughly 2mm in length.

Next, solder the 2mm end of the wire to the GND pin on the bracket.

Again - be very careful not to bridge any of the pins together.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Trim the other end of the ground wire so that it is a convenient length to use on a breadboard. Usually 5-8mm is good.

Double-check to make sure there are no solder bridges between any of the pins, and insert the bracket into a breadboard. Connect the ground wire to the negative rail of the breadboard and experiment away!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant idea!
    A couple of modification suggestions I'd offer:
    1) Use some Sugru or epoxy putty to reinforce the soldered right-angle joint.
    2) Instead of the upright position, or trying ot have a rigid U-shape so you can lay the Arduino flat, how about using some ribbon cable and a couple of small pieces of stripboard and bridge the two sets of connectors that way?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Or for about four bucks you could buy a strip of right angle header pins.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Heres an Idea, So we dont have the Arduino standing up, making the breadboard top heavy, why not use 2 brackets to create a "bridge" from the Arduino to the breadboard, so then it can sit next to it :)


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    The first bracket I built was actually like that - It formed an upside-down "U" shape, and the Arduino sat beside the breadboard. It worked fine, but it was difficult to get into/out of the breadboard.

    Since I usually have a ten or so projects on the go at once, I was frequently moving my Arduino from board-to-board, and found the right-angle to work better for this purpose. The Arduino weighs so little that it doesn't seem to cause any top-heaviness issues.

    I'm not knocking the idea though - give it a whirl :-)


    Did you come up with this? Because it is the kind of novel idea that the world needs way more of. Excellent.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    As far as I know - I haven't seen anyone else do it. I could be wrong though. Glad you like it :-D!