Raspberry Pi Proto HAT

Following the previous post, you can see that I had a ribbon cable from my Pi to a T-Cobbler to a breadboard. All dangling in my kitchen. Something like this, but way less elegant:


So I found a Raspberry Pi HAT that serves as a breadboard. This is how my Pi looks like with it and the thermal sensor from the previous post. The plastic cover under was drilled to fit the screws, so the Pi is protected from both sides:

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Pretty cool, eh? I think that everybody should have at least one of his/her Raspberry with one of those attached.


  • It’s right on the Pi: no ribbons, no weird positions, no bullshit
  • Cheaper than a breadboard (buy for 2,26€ on aliexpress). In fact, cheaper than a plastic cover for the Pi!
  • All signal pins are in one line. Way easier to find.
  • No need to connect ground, 3v or 5v: they are all on nice locations. (see next image)Unknown.jpeg

Disadvantages over a breadboard:

  • You can have way more space on a breadboard, although if you look at the first picture with the ribbon, a mini breadboard with a cobbler provides even less space.
  • The holes are not as tight as a breadboard, and won’t hold your wires. You turn this upside down and they all fall. They have no problems with contacts, though.
  • Can’t power it from an external source: the 3v and 5v rails come directly from the Pi. No motors with this one.
  • Needs soldering for the 40 GPIO pins.

I am not making money out of this. Just wanted to share because it’s so useful, practical and cheap. This should come standard with them, really.


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