How-To: Build a Breadboard “Juice Bridge”

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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Our friend Quinn Dunki has a benchtop power supply, but she wasn’t entirely satisfied with it. Quinn has needs. She made a list:

  • Quick on/off switch for the board, separate from the bench supply
  • Indicator light for when the breadboard is hot
  • Switchable between unregulated supply and regulated 5V
  • A place to patch in an ammeter for measuring the draw of the entire circuit
  • A bunch of reference ground pins for scopes, meters, etc.
  • Supply to both sides of the breadboard

She got to work and the “Juice Bridge” was born. See her site, Blondihacks, for the full details and schematics (and some discussion about improvements/additions).

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