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daftdom

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« on: August 27, 2012, 03:13:22 am »
Hi,

In order to get the board working with a battery I believe you will need a shield to solder the battery wires to, if that's the case would I need to order the "Thru Hole Proto Shield PCB" shield? What battery should I use, a 9v "block" battery?

Would anyone recommend some "starter kit" shields? The reason I ask is that I'm already spending $10 for shipping so an extra few dollars for some shields makes sense but I haven't a clue what to buy?

Ideally I would like one of the digisparks to move a set of blinds so would I need to buy "Motor Shield Kit" or do i need something else Maybe the option of a "Infrared Shield" too? Or is this a bit too much for a first project?

Thanks so much in advance for the replies!
Can't wait to get my hands on my digisparks! :-)


Regards,
Dom
« Last Edit: August 27, 2012, 03:13:22 am by daftdom »

sparr

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 08:59:41 am »
You do not HAVE to solder the battery wires to a shield. You could solder them to the power pins on the digispark, or put connectors on the battery wires that plug into the digispark power header.
I would recommend 4xAA batteries as the simplest battery option.

A proto shield will always be a good choice. The RGB kit is also very cheap, and an easy one to play with.

For moving blinds, you might use the dc motor shield, or a stepper motor driver (if a shield is added for that).

daftdom

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 08:41:19 am »
Hi sparr, thanks for the quick reply.

BWood

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2012, 03:55:43 am »
I\'m also looking to do something similar with IR input controlling a motor.  It looks like the IR and Motor boards are compatible, so this should be a pretty easy project.

daftdom

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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2012, 05:23:02 am »
Hi BWood,

Yes I\'ve ordered them both. I\'m hoping I can fit all the components into the tray of the blinds at the top, I seen a DIY project that did the same. ideally loading a strip of batteries to run it all in there too, the posts I saw said that they got a good few months of operation out of some AA batteries (four I think)


Regards,
Dom

BWood

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012, 07:18:24 am »
Could you provide a link to the DIY project?

Thanks