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opto-sensor connections without solder
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opto-sensor connections without solder

by jbeale on Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:56 pm

I am looking for something like this optical beam-break type sensor: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2167
but with either pins for a solderless breadboard, or some other way of connecting to a microcontroller without involving soldering.
The existing product works well, the only problem is the fine stranded wire is not easy to use directly with a breadboard, so I'm looking for options.

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Re: opto-sensor connections without solder

by jbeale on Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:23 pm

Following up my own post, I found some 5mm pitch screw terminals that apparently will fit directly into every other row of a standard 0.1" solderless breadboard, so it looks like that may solve my problem.

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Re: opto-sensor connections without solder

by oliviasmithh900 on Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:52 pm

jbeale wrote:Following up my own post, I found some 5mm pitch screw terminals that apparently will fit directly into every other row of a standard 0.1" solderless breadboard, so it looks like that may solve my problem.

Hmmmm that's called self learning

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Re: opto-sensor connections without solder

by jbeale on Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:31 pm

I found the 5 mm pitch screw terminals do fit in the breadboard, and they do (just barely) work on the 3mm opto-sensor without additional prep. It would be better if the sensor came with a longer section of exposed wire, instead of the few mm as it is now, but I understand it isn't feasible for the company to rework it when most customers for this probably already have wire strippers.

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Re: opto-sensor connections without solder

by franklin97355 on Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:34 pm

Might be too short for the breadboard but take a look at this https://www.sparkfun.com/products/16499

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