I have created a board called the QuinLED-Dig-Uno, a controller board with some interesting features above what most breadboard or “bare wire” setups using an ESP8266 or ESP32 have.
The most notable of these are:
- Ability to use ESP8266 or ESP32
- Reverse polarity input & output protection
- Onboard car style fuse for extra safety
- Run your power through the board and fuse (up to 15A with 1OZ copper) (up to 25A with 2OZ)
- Onboard level-shifter to drive data signal at 5v
- Onboard capacitors to limit in-rush current and provide stable power for quick changing effects and ESP
- Two data outputs so compatible with APA102 (Next to ws2812b, sk6812, ws2815, etc.)
- 4x GPIO available using pin headers (Including Relay-Control and Infra Red)
- Optional 12v compatibility (next to standard 5v)
- Optional Dalles temperature sensor
Best about the board is that it’s designed for DIY from the ground-up so even the most novice to soldering will be able to build one themselves! It’s mostly built out of through-hole components except for some 0805 SMD capacitors and resistors which are easy with a little trick. I have detailed instructions such as a complete hardware guide, soldering guide (including video) and a pin-out&wiring guide for hooking it up available.
The basic reason I designed the board is to have something a bit more safe, easy to use and secure vs a breadboard or even a protoboard setup. Using a QuinLED-Dig-Uno you have everything in a small package with extra safety features and nice screw terminals so wires don’t come loose.
Please visit https://quinled.info for more information.
p.s. Although the QuinLED-Dig-Uno is mainly designed as a board you can build yourself, because of popular request I’m doing a run of pre-built boards, more information about this soon on my Discord, YouTube channel and Website!