Soldering the GPIO Pin Headers on the Raspberry Pi Zero

One of the features of the Raspberry Pi Zero is that the GPIO port is empty. This helps keep the price down and provides a bit more versatility. Luckily my Pimoroni Project Kit came with the pin header strip I could solder on.

Since I don't play with electronics all that much I don't have fancy equipment. So the first difficulty in soldering the pins was making sure everything was lined up properly. That meant sticking a static foam pad I had under the raspberry pi so that the pins would end up straight. Once I had everything positioned just right, I soldered two pins at opposite ends to hold everything in place. After that, it didn't matter if the board moved.

Soldering took a bit of time, but it all went well. I performed a visual inspection of the joints with a magnifying class (my eyesight is not what it used to be) and used my multimeter to make sure none of the pins where short-circuiting. (A short circuit could easily fry the board, or so the Internet says).

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I now had one problem: all the cables that came with the Pimoroni Project Kit were maie-to-male. If I wanted to just hook up something from the breadboard to a pin, I would need a female-to-male cable. After some googling and eBaying, I found a set of 20 cables for only $2.00 with shipping!

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Now I am ready to start playing.