Build your BlinkStick v1.0

TIP #1: Make sure you have all components in the list.
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Step 1 - Tools

To solder the BlinkStick you will need:

  • Basic soldering iron and some solder
  • Helping hands (not necessary but very helpful)
  • Cutters, to cut excess wires

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Step 2 - resistors

Solder the resistors. There are 3 types of resistors:

  • R1, R2 (68 Ohms) - Blue, gray, black, gold, brown
  • R3, R4, R5 (330 Ohms) - Orange, orange, black, black, brown
  • R6 (2.2 kOhms) - Red, red, black, brown, brown

Bend resistor pins so that they fit into their locations.

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Step 3 - Soldering

Solder the resistors and cut the excess wire near the solder joint.

Use the same technique when soldering the rest of the components.

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Step 4 - Diodes

Solder zener diodes D1 and D2. Make sure the polarity is correct! The black stripe on the diode is represented by a white stripe on the component's symbol.

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Step 5 - Capacitor C1

Solder the electrolytic capacitor C1. Capacitors have polarity and the longer pin is positive. The negative pin is displayed on the board with a minus sign next to it. It should be the one closer to the edge of the board.

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Step 6 - Capacitor C2

Solder the tantalum capacitor C2. It also has polarity as displayed in the picture with longer pin being positive and shorter - negative.

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Step 7 - USB plug

Solder USB plug JP1. The board and the plug should be nice and straight.

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Step 8 - IC socket

Solder the IC1 socket. The ATTiny85 chip will be placed into the socket at a later step. The socket has a cut-out on one edge. It should be aligned as displayed in the second image.

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Step 9 - LED

Solder the Piranha LED. The LED has a cut corner and the correct alignment is displayed on the board.

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Step 10 - ATTiny85

Plug in the ATTiny85 IC into the socket. Make sure that you plug the chip correctly! The dot on the chip should match the second image.


Step 11

Double check you have soldered everything correctly and placed the ATTiny85 chip with correct alignment. Your BlinkStick is ready to be plugged into your computer!

Now go to downloads section to get the most recent version of client application for your operating system.