Using SMD Components on Breadboards

About: I am an electrical engineer. I graduated from U of Waterloo. I used to work for Adafruit Industries as an EE. Now I work for Sony PlayStation as a EE.

To use SMD components on breadboards, simply use 0.1" spaced male headers, cut a piece of two pins, and solder the SMD component in between the two pins on the shorter end of the header.

This works well with 0603 and 0805 sized components, as shown in the pictures.

SMD components are much cheaper, and they also fit on perfboards. I never buy through hole components any more.

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3 years ago

This is GENIUS! I can't believe I never thought of it before.

One caveat: You no longer have the leads that can be bent to variable lengths.


5 years ago on Introduction

It would be useful to mention that a calculation of a resistor's power rating would be wise, as some 0603 resistors are rated at only 0.1 W or less.


6 years ago on Introduction

This could save someone so much precious breadboard space.


7 years ago on Introduction

That is so smart! I will surely be using this from now on :) Thank you! :)