Darth Vader Sound Project
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Darth Vader Sound Project

by dbetters on Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:02 pm

So I need some help. I am trying to build a tactile switch activated Darth Vader Sound board. I purchased the audio fx sound board, battery pack, and tactile switches. I stink at soldering and so I was quickly overwhelmed and pretty sure I messed up the board. So I want to try again.

My plan is to have the 11 tactile switches mounted on a glove. I was able to get 3 or 4 of the switches working, but I am pretty sure I burned something on the board that won't allow the other switches to work. So I am starting over.

Is there any solderless solution that I could try? A breadboard? I am very new to this and would love some help!

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Re: Darth Vader Sound Project

by adafruit_support_mike on Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:03 pm

Solderless connections only work if they can maintain seating force between the connector and the hole in the PCB. They’re okay on the workbench, but tend to be a nightmare out in the field.. imagine holding an entire costume together with paperclips instead of sewing things together.

Soldering is an essential hardware skill and isn’t hard to learn, it just takes a bit of practice. The best suggestion I can give you is to take a look at our soldering tutorial:

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-gui ... -soldering

Then grab something cheap like pad-per-hole board:


and solder wire into the holes until you’ve had a chance to get comfortable with the process. It really doesn’t take long, and learning is a lot less stressful when you aren’t afraid of damaging a board.

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