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DS18B20 – Resistor Module – parts defined November 4, 2019

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Working with the resistor module is making things much easier and a lot less work on my part.  I am liking what I am seeing from a development standpoint and can see a real time savings that will deliver consistent results.  First step is understanding what is found on the board and which end goes with which connection.

DS18B20-RESISTOR MODULE-BREAKOUT-led2

Been looking for a better way – DS18B20 October 15, 2019

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I was doing some research on a totally different subject and this popped up.

Sensor Module – DS18B20

ds18b20 -resistor board

Why this one?

Well easy answer – I have been making my own 4.7 pull-up resistor connectors for sometime now.  Problem for me is that they take a lot of time and are very bulky and hard to work with.  For a little more cost a dollar or so I get a board that will allow easy connections to many (so I think) DS18B20 sensors using one resistor.  The order came and now I can start testing my idea.  Having a solution this turn key will save a lot of time and perform better, time will tell now.

I will be posting how the testing goes and what will be needed to get top performance out of this module.

Miniature Test Leads – which ones work best for my projects July 20, 2019

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I wanted to move away from alligator clips because they were much large when working with small gauge wire.  They did not work for me in very small areas.  So was looking for a better solution.  Found this miniature test leads at Jameco Electronics when I was picking up an order, they were a good solution for me.

TEST LEADS - JAMECO

When first using these miniature test leads they worked very well.  But after a little time using these leads and problems surfaced.  The problem was that they were cheaply made.  The connection of the wire and the metal insert probe would break off without much stress placed on them.  One or two is understandable, but 5 out of 10 was not the experience I was looking for.

When doing a search for a new product on the Adafruit site I found these test leads

Test Leads – Adafruit

TEST LEADS - adafruit

These leads are a little larger than the Jameco test leads, but still were small enough for my use.  Construction and connections were of high quality and work perfectly and held up with repeated use.  So these are my new go to test leads for my development efforts.  They will be seen in a number of up coming Instructables that I am working on and all my testing of sensors and connectors.