This is a rundown of what I use on my desk to facilitate writing code and test stuff for Proffieboards.
The test rig is the most important part. It lets me test things without soldering. It’s basically made up of three parts:
- A breakout board (seen to the left of the picture)
- A pogo pin adapter
- A clamp
Instructions for all of these things can be found here:
I use one I found on ebay that can provide up to 20A. It’s not particularly good, but has worked for me for quite a few years. It’s similar to, but not exactly the same as this one:
A battery with a JST connector will also work.
These are super-cheap USB devices that will let you run a debugger on the proffieboard. It’s a little complicated if you’re not a programmer, but instructions can be found here.
I actually have two on my desk. One AstroAI 6000, and one Siglent 3055. For more multimeter recommendations, see this thread.
In most cases, this is what I use to analyze problems with WS2811 signals and the like. I highly recommend dreamsourcelabs, their stuff is open-source and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg:
I don’t use this as often, but when the problem is analog rather than digital, an USB oscilloscope is super helpful. Again, I use dreamsourcelabs:
This lets me disconnect/reconnect the board from USB without having to wear out the USB cable:
The hub lets me organize things better, and also protects the computer from any mistakes I make. I like having one with buttons so I can turn things on and off as needed:
In addition to all the stuff above, I have:
- a 5W speaker
- some OLED displays
- SD cards
- a 2x8 flat lego piece for pushing boot/reset with
- a lamp with a magnifying glass on it
- solderless breadboard
- solderless breadboard wires
- A microscope
- sd card reader
- Plus a whole bunch more stuff that I don’t use very often…