Stackable Jump Leads for BreadBoards




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An on going project to find easier ways to hook up circuits.

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Step 1:

Electronic Surplus stores used to carry universal socket strips.
These strips allowed the insertion of both ICs and components.
They could be cut to any length and often could fit within each other.

Also at one time wire wrapping digital circuits was a common practice.

Step 2:

Building and using jumpers appear to define component lead length.
Trimming leads to the right length makes things more solid.

Step 3:

The weakest link appears to be at the proto-board socket.
All other connections appear to be very solid.

Step 4:

The insulation on the jumpers appear to do their job.
This is somewhat dependent on soldering skill.
Making some end-caps does appear to improve things.

Step 5:

The jumper or component should rest on top the proto-board.
The longest lead as possible should be in its hole.

Every contact but the proto-board should be solid.
Perhaps some proto-boards use better sockets.



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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Like this idea. Minimizes the number if wires. BTW, used the same type of pins for constructing my protoyping breadboard to connect pots, etc.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Holy crap, I really like this. I hate having to jump to another row to add more connections, I had never considered building vertically. There's a lot of potential here. You just opened up a whole new train of thought in my brain.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This a great idea, especially for those whose eyesight isn't so good. I think I might try just stacking the pieces of the female headers and wrap the leads around the exposed post in between. I like inserting the resistor, too. Saves space when a resistor can be shared

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have trouble trusting that everything plugged into a row is connected together. Seeing and feeling the connections being make me feel much better.

    Capt. Howdy

    10 years ago on Step 1

    I loved those plus the transistor sockets i used to find on old tv pcb's. A friend of mine gave me an old consol tv for parts a while back and behold six of my beloved transistor sockets. Does anyone still use transistor sockets or mosfet sockets anymore ?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like an interesting solution, though it looks like it requires finicky fine motor skills to assemble. My favorite easy-circuit making product so far is the Snapcircuits toy. Really easy to make circuits and disassemble them, of course it's a bit expensive and sort of limited. Seems like it could be fabricated though, especially using some of the fabric circuit stuff Plusea posted.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I would not be surprised if someone is already manufacturing jumper leads like this. I would sure buy them.