SURE programming adapter update

Here’s a follow up on the PIC programming adapter from SURE we posted a few weeks ago. mizch mentioned that SURE’s shipping can add 30-40% to the final price, and suggested browsing eBay to see real prices. We found it on eBay for $9.99 with free shipping, and ordered it on June 28. The board shipped June 30, and arrived July 8 in a familiar Seeed-style box.

The board is good quality. It has acrylic plates on the top and bottom, the circuit board is in the middle. We’d use this style of case on a future project.

The top layer of acrylic is cut away to access the ZIF sockets and quick release levers. The cuts are too small for us to get to the levers so we removed the top plate by unscrewing it.

We’ll be using this board to test lots of different PICs with piratePICprog, the new PIC programmer for the Bus Pirate.

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  1. how is the board itself? I got couple of boards from them but the through hole component seems to be bathing in flux. I dunno if it will hurt the board on the long term.. (they are working now)

    I like that they added single row contraheaders along the ZIF sockets.

  2. This board was not fluxy, but on the blog you can see pics of a sure pickit2 that was also covered in flux. I’ve also dealt with several SURE LED matrices that were covered in flux.

  3. My board is fine too. (As was my Sure PicKIt2.)

    BTW, Sure are currently selling their PicKit2 and this board on their website for $US 33 including FREE shipping. (It _always_ pays to check both their website and their eBay shop – there seems no rhyme nor reason to the disparity in pricing between their site and eBay.)

  4. I have this little unit..

    i didnt know it programed other chips than pic??
    what are the jumpers for ?

    I think the price is great , for 10 usd you cant even buy one zif conector


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