Soldering up the Adafruit Data Logger Shield for Arduino

So this week my Adafruit Data Logger arrived for my Arduino and I thought I’d share what it took to get it working.

How the kit arrives

The Adafruit Data Logger allows you to add the functionality of a SD card and a real time clock to an Arduino. I think this is a great idea for students as they will can to save record data and then be able to use that data to graph information at a later stage. My current plan is to record temperature. It costs around $19.

When I purchased the kit its description said “assembled”, what I failed to realise is that the headers had not been attached  This meant I had to go get a new soldering iron (unfortunately) and some headers so that I could still have access to the Arduino inputs/outputs.

After getting the equipment I realised that there are a couple of ways to add the headers. First was to use header with extended legs so that they would literally pass the i/o ports through. This would allow for the addition of another shield to connect on top. The other method is add the headers provided and then use the on board inner holes to add the headers (the images below make it clearer). As I had no plan to add another shield I chose the latter.

So here are some shots of me soldering it together:

Extended Headers pre solder
Extended Headers pre solder
Headers soldered top view
Headers soldered top view
Extended headers solders and trimmed
Extended headers solders and trimmed
Headers to connect to Arduino
Headers to connect to Arduino
Data Logger Shield Soldered with header and connected to Arduino
Data Logger Shield Soldered with header and connected to Arduino

 

Finally this website has all the information you need to get the shield up and running. http://www.ladyada.net/make/logshield/index.html

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