A solderless bread board is a must have for anyone experimenting
with electronic circuits. There is no soldering involved so you can easily
design a circuit, test it, and if needed make any necessary changes.
Once you are confident that your circuit is working properly you can transfer
your design permanently to a printed circuit board.
Number of Terminal Strips: 1
Number of Terminal Strip Tie Points: 630
Number of Buses: 2
Number of Bus Tie Points: 200
What is a Solderless Breadboard?
A solderless breadboard is a reusable plastic box with holes for inserting
various electronic components to create and test new circuits. There are metal
strips running under the holes in order to connect everything electronically.
The holes are identified by numbered rows and columns. These boards may also be
referred to as plugboards, prototyping boards, or design boards.
What other items may be needed when using these prototype boards?
Very few items are needed for use with a solderless breadboard. Along with
equipment for power and testing you will need insulated wire (a couple of different
colors are advisable), bare wire, needle nose pliers and wire cutters. (A time saving
item you may want to use is a jumper. Jumpers are smaller pieces of wire that have already been
stripped and preformed.)
Where should the components be placed on the board?
IC s should be inserted so that they straddle the slot down the middle of the board.
This allows air flow for cooling. The other components are placed so that any 2 leads
(or up to 4 leads) placed in the same row will be connected electronically. If more than 4
leads need to be connected you can use wire to connect multiple rows to form a common contact.