Hi Thomas, I have built the kit and used the Breadboard Power Adapter on my breadboards. It works nicely with the wiring to my adjustable Riden power supply. The equipment was easy to assemble, with clear pictures in the documentation. The small details like the screw standoff to level the adapter show excellent adherence to valuable insights. I highly recommend this product if you love to work with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or ESP prototyping. Cheers
This board looked to be ideal for prototyping Pi Pico projects but in reality I found it to be nearly useless. This is because the designer failed to connect the pads adjacent to each GPIO or other non-ground pins together as was done (correctly) for the ground pins. After bending wire jumpers and soldering them across I wasted more time than if I had just hand-wired to a socket. My expectation was that this board would work like a solderless breadboard (with the added bonus of having all the grounds pre-connected) but that is not the case. All it provides are isolated pads adjacent to each pin that must be wired by hand. With that change it could be a useful board, but buyers should be aware of how much hardwiring they will have to do. Also, providing for the Reset switch is a good idea, but move it out of the way so it does not block GPIO22.
Response from Arduinopraxis | Feb. 27, 2022
Thanks for your review. I am very sorry that you describe the PCB as a useless product. This Raspberry Pi Pico Proto Base is intended to expand the Pico pins to the outside. I did not connect the Pico pins to all soldering pads in order to be flexible. How will you place a sensor circuit when all pads are connected to the pins of the Raspberry Pi Pico? Regarding the ground pins. I did not preconnect the ground pins in order to prevent ground loops.
I do not agree with your ratings. How can you rate the communication with 2 stars? You did not contact me or tried to get in touch with me.
But I will review your suggestions for improvement. Please contact me If you have further improvements.
I will design a new improved version. If you are interested I will send you a prototype of the improved PCB.
I've been playing with Arduino wireless RFM12Bs for over a year ago and have tried basic Unos, Jeenodes, Moteinos etc. For my sensors the Jeenodes etc are great (small, low power etc) but for my gateway I wanted an Arduino as it powers directly off the USB, I can add shields and I don't have to worry about FTDI etc. I'd been using the Jeenode breakout boards plugged into the Uno for the RFM12B connections but they looked horrible hanging off the edge and I could not find a shield anywhere which did a similar job. Until now! I was delighted to find this board last week and just an hour ago successfully soldered it up and got it working. Thomas - congratulations on making an excellent quality and extremely useful product at a very reasonable price! I shall be ordering some more. My thanks and best regards. Mark