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New Guide: How to Solder NeoPixels — Beginner Tutorial #adafruit #neopixel

We’ve got a great new tutorial from Erin St. Blaine on the Adafruit Learn System: Make it Glow – How to Solder NeoPixels. If you’ve wanted to get started with making light up costumes, projects, or artwork, or have just been looking for a new hobby, this is a really great place to start. From the guide:

This guide is for beginners who are ready to take the next step in DIY electronics: putting that soldering iron to use to add NeoPixel or other addressable LED lights to your project.

You don’t have to be able to solder to use NeoPixels! Here is a beginner tutorial that shows how to use NeoPixels with no soldering: Make it Glow – Your First NeoPixel Project

However, there are times when soldering is really the best option. If you want to use NeoPixel rings, or individual pixels, or create more elaborate or complicated designs with multiple strips, there’s really no way to do it without soldering.

The good news: it’s not as hard as you think! There are a fair number of tools to acquire, but once you’ve got your station set up, a whole world of creative possibilities will open up for you.

In this guide, we’ll recommend some tools and equipment that every DIY electronics maker should have in their workshop. Then, we’ll go over the techniques and skills needed to get a good solder connection, and how to secure your connections it so they are sturdy and reliable.

Finally, we’ll cover some techniques for repairing broken strips, and troubleshooting help for when your project just won’t behave the way you want.

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Check it out — we can’t wait to see what you create!


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