Quick Hack for Jumping Any Oversized Terminal You Can’t Attach to Directly with Alligator Clips
Spoiler: the answer is solder!
This actually makes a lot of sense. After all solder is what is used to bridge electrical connections when melted on PCBs and perfboard circuits, so why not use it directly when you can’t attach a smaller alligator clip to a larger ‘fat’ terminal. Just trim a length of solder, wrap it around the post and twist it for integrity; then you can attach your alligator clip to the solder, acting as a pass-through connection.
Thanks to Mongrel Shark for sharing this on the Makers, hackers, artists & engineers Google+ Community – I’ve definitely been stuck in scenarios like this before and hadn’t considered a strand of ‘cold’ solder as the solution for hopping from one connection to another.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.