Easy, Cheap Connector for ESP-01

One thing that’s been pretty annoying playing with the ESp-01 variant of the ESP8266 modules is the pinout form factor. The 2×4 pin configuration does not plug into a prototyping breadboard conveniently, and also doesn’t lend itself to connectors you might use in a more permanent solution very well – I was ganging two pieces of Arduino headers, using several female-ended jumper wire or gluing together multiple female ends to make a 2×8 connector…and that kind of thing.

While browsing parts at Fry’s, a really simple solution occurred to me. I got some plain old .1″ pin  spacing ribbon cable headers and a piece of ribbon cable. You could also use the prototyping ribbon cables that have male pins at the end for plugging into breadboards. (sorry for the blurry pics)

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These work great, and cost mabe 50 cents each to make (max). Note they only had 20-pin connectors, so I only use the 8 on one side and they only had 9-conductor cable, so a got a length of that an peeled of one conductor 🙂

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