Prototype Board Use

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  • Materials
    • Prototype board
    • Soldering iron and solder wire
    • Extra wires
    • Components you're connecting to the board
  • Prepare layout
    • Think about how to make your layout efficient
    • Sketch layout
  • Practice
    • If you've never soldered before, practice on a few extra slots in your prototype board before you try it with your components


The Basics 1. Place the soldering iron in its stand and heat it to about 650 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit 2. Touch the tip of the soldering iron to the component's wire for a few seconds, then touch the solder to the other side of the component's wire (the solder should melt around the hole the component's wire is in) 3. As soon as there's a strong connection, remove the soldering iron tip from the wire Be careful with how long the tip is on the component, as components can overheat.

Tips for Prototype Boards

  • To connect multiple components in series or parallel, drag the top of the soldering iron across the already-soldered holes