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Arduino Data-Logging Shield Kit

It's easy to assemble the datalogger shield kit; this guide walks you through the process step-by-step.

Arduino Data-Logging Shield Kit

This data-logging shield for the Arduino makes saving data to files on any FAT16 or FAT32 formatted SD card really easy. The included Real-Time Clock timestamps all your data with the current time, so that you know precisely what happened and when!

Steps

Step #1: Gather your Materials.

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Check to make sure you have all of the necessary components to build the data logging kit.

Step #2: Insert the 10K Resistor.

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  • Insert the resistor with color bands Brown-Black-Orange into the location marked R5.
  • Resistors are not polarized, so it does not matter which direction you insert them in.
  • Turn the board over, and then solder the leads.

Step #3: Tip: Clip your leads!

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Make your soldering life easier by trimming the leads of the components after you solder them in.

Step #4: Insert the 1.0K Resistors.

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  • In locations R3 and R4, insert the two resistors with the color bands Brown-Black-Red.
  • Turn the board over, and solder the resistors in. Then clip the leads.

Step #5: Mount the SD Card Holder.

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  • The SD card holder has two humps that snap it into place on the circuit board.
  • You should be able to feel it fit into two grooves and sit snugly on the surface.
  • On the sides are 4 tabs. Solder these tabs to the circuit board by first heating up the tabs, and then applying solder. The holder shouldn't move once it's been soldered in.
  • Now all you need to do is solder the leftmost 7 tabs to the circuit board. It is unnecessary to solder the remaining three.

Step #6: Insert the 2.2K Resistors.

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  • In locations R1 and R2, insert the two resistors with the color code Red-Red-Red.
  • Solder these two resistors in, and then clip the leads.

Step #7: Insert the Ceramic Capacitors.

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  • The two small, yellow ceramic capacitors are not polarized, so it does not matter which direction you insert them.
  • Insert them into locations C2 and C3.
  • Solder them in, and then clip the leads.

Step #8: Insert the Electrolytic Capacitors.

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  • Electrolytic capacitors are polarized, so it is important to insert them properly.
  • The longer lead is the "+" lead, so make sure you enter this lead into the hole marked with the "+.
  • Insert them into locations C1 and C4. Solder them in, and then clip the leads.

Step #9:

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  • Insert the 3.3V Regulator.
  • In location IC1, insert the regulator with its flat end matched up with the flat side of the silk-screened image on the circuit board.
  • Solder the leads in, and then clip them.

Step #10: Insert the 8-pin Socket.

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  • The socket has a notch on one end. This notch must match the one in the picture silk-screened onto the circuit board.
  • Make sure the socket is flush with the circuit board when you turn it over to solder.
  • Once the socket is soldered in, you can insert the IC into the socket.

Step #11: Insert the IC3 chip.

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  • The longer chip will be inserted into location IC3 without a socket. It is important to make sure that the end of the chip with the notch matches up with the the notch on the silk-screened image.
  • Turn the board over and solder the chip into the circuit board.

Step #12: Soldering the Battery Holder.

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  • Deposit a bit of solder on the center tab of the location marked BAT.
  • Now you can insert the metal battery holder and solder it in.

Step #13: Insert the Reset Button.

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  • The reset button is inserted into the location marked RESET.
  • Press the button all the way into the circuit board. Turn the board over and solder it in.

Step #14: Insert the LEDs.

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  • In location LED1, insert the green LED. The longer lead of the LED should be inserted into the hole marked "+" on the circuit board.
  • In location LED2, insert the red LED. Just as with the green LED, insert the longer lead of the LED into the hole marked with the "+".

Step #15: Insert the Watch Crystal.

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  • In location Q1, insert the small metal cylinder. The crystal is not polarized, so you can insert it in any direction.
  • Solder it in, and then clip the leads.

Step #16: Clip your headers.

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From the 36-pin header, clip two 8-pin and two 6-pin headers.

Step #17: Soldering the Headers.

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  • Insert the longer end of the headers into the female headers on the Arduino.
  • Place the shield on top of the the shorter leads of the headers.
  • Solder every pin of the male headers, and you will be finished.

Step #18: Finishing Touches.

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  • Insert the included coin-cell battery, and you are finished.
  • You can remove the shield from the Arduino, or keep it attached to the Arduino.

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