Often it’s not clear exactly what connector, button, switch, or part is the best choice for a project. We end up making a last minute order of 1 or 2 of any likely candidate from Mouser or Digikey. That sets the project off by about a week while we dig through datasheets and websites, make CAD footprints, and wait for the order to be delivered.
To banish this annoying time sink we’re working with Oomlout to release complete kits of parts. Each set will be nicely labeled, well organized, and have open source datasheets, renderings, and CAD footprints for Eagle and KiCAD. We call it wine making because Ian hand plucks each part from Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen. We’re posting now to get your feedback, the final kit will be available in a couple weeks.
First up is a single row cable making kit. We never have the right cable, nor enough cables. Picking the correct connector and crimp pins is a pain, and crimping the ends is a nightmare without mega expensive tools. This box has everything needed to make custom cables for connecting up standard 0.1″ pitch stuff like pinheaders.
Head below to check out the contents, then please let us know what we forgot or what you find useless!
Single row female connectors in a bunch of sizes. These use standard 0.1″ spacing you find on Arduinos, many development boards, and bog-standard pin header:
Unless you have a mega expensive crimp tool, putting pins on the end of your cable is a major pain. We were originally going to include a crimp tool and pins for a more DIY approach, but then we actually tried to do it over BBQ and beer in Shenzhen. No way! Too difficult, too expensive, too heavy to ship!
Our solution is to include three lengths of high-quality rainbow ribbon cable with machine crimped ends. Tear off what you need, poke them into the connector. Sorted!
Jumper wires get used up quick around here. Rather than waste making a bunch of 1:1 cables, we picked up a bunch of 40 wire rainbow ribbon cables with all end combinations.
It includes pin header to mate with the connectors. No need to order separately!
For tidying up rainbow colored zip ties are added to the mix as well.
Forgot something useful? Included the wrong stuff? Please let us know and we’ll update the contents before the kits are finalized.
UPDATE: 2 types of double length header that we could include.