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Prototype Shield Kit Tutorial

Product Description:

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The Prototype Shield Kit breaks out the connections on the Digistump Oak development board and provides a small through hole soldering area for building custom circuits.

This is an unassembled kit and requires basic soldering. This is designed for use with the Digistump Oak development board, which is not included.


Part Quantity Identification
Oak Prototype Shield PCB1
1x40pin male 0.1“ pitch header 21 pins worth

Soldering: If you are new to soldering we recommend the following tutorials: Soldering Basics ( and Soldering Crash Course from the folks at Sparkfun ( How to solder from the Curious Inventor:

Adafruit has this excellent guide that starts with the tools needed and then shows detailed pictures, including some of the common problems that beginners experience (

We assume for these assembly instructions that you know the basics of thru-hole soldering. If you don't check out the links above, these boards are very easy to solder - we promise!


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Cut or Snap a length of two male headers 9 pins long and one 3 pins long. Insert into corresponding positions (on the bottom of the board) and solder each pin.

Tip: Inserting the headers into a breadboard and then placing the board on top can make this process easier. Be caureful not to heat the headerpins to the point that it melts the plastic surrounding the pin or the breadboard.

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Tip 2: If not using the above tip, solder one pin then check that the header is in the right position and is square to the PCB before continuing the rest.

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Note: If you are using stackable headers, use them here instead of the standard male headers.

oak/tutorials/proto.txt · Last modified: 2016/02/19 17:50 by digistump