Bought a dozen of these while on special, as I know they'll be handy. Lots of clever ideas incorporated into one proto PCB. I've already put 4 aside for frames during solder paste stenciling, and cut a couple up for the breakouts. Being 0.8mm thick, they're easy enough to snap apart after scoring both sides with a blade, but my prefered separation method is with a sheet metal guillotine/shear.
The quality of the boards looks great and I think they'll be useful when I need a breakout or prototype area with power connector. Price is very competitive so I bought a few to always have around. I haven't soldered one yet but I would maybe prefer a larger annular ring size on the through hole pins to make soldering easier but I think it won't be a problem at all. Thanks!
Nice simple little board. Well made too. I bought 5 - not for anything specific, but just to have them handy for those odd times when you just need something like this. I'll happily buy more once I've used these up :-)
June 24, 2016
You *want* a handful of these... - Buy 10, they're cheaper!
Buying debug footprints for tiny, tiny devices (SOT-23s, SOICs, MSOPs) is an expensive proposition from, say, Frys electronics or from DigiKey or Mouser.
At first I was under the impression that these came pre-scored; not so, but that's OK... I'll just use a razor knife to score and break apart as needed. I expect that I'll be using these often for knocking out quick prototypes...
Thank You, CJ! ;)
Response from SCALAR Electronics | June 26, 2016
Glad you like the design! When you run out, you know where to get more. :)
For what it's worth, I did consider adding a milled v-score pattern to this design to make it easier to snap apart. But in the end there were more cons than pros to that idea so it got nixed. I've found that a single pass with a box-cutter or heavy pocketknife is enough to make it very easy to snap apart what you need while leaving the rest intact and rigid.