DA16200 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

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Hardware Assembly

Programming

The USB connection is utilized for programming, serial debug interface, and AT commands. Users only need to plug their DA16200 Thing Plus into a computer using a USB-C cable. Users will then be able to interact with the DA16200 module through a serial terminal.

SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 connected to a computer
The SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 connected to a computer. (Click to enlarge)

Headers

The pins for the DA16200 Thing Plus are broken out to 0.1"-spaced pins on the outer edges of the board. When selecting headers, be sure you are aware of the functionality you need. If you have never soldered before or need a quick refresher, check out our How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering guide.

Soldering headers
Soldering headers to the DA16200 Thing Plus.

The Feather Stackable Header Kit is a great option as it allows users to stack shields (w/ Feather footprint) or it can be placed on the a breadboard; while, the pins are still accessible from the female/male headers.

JTAG Header

If users wish to connect a debugger/programmer, they will need to solder a JTAG header. (Depending on the debugger/programmer customers utilize, an adapter may be necessary.)

Soldering a JTAG header to the SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200
SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 connected to a programmer

Connecting a programmer to the SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200. (Click to enlarge)

Battery

For remote applications, the DA16200 Thing Plus can be powered through its 2-pin JST battery connector. Additionally, users may be interested in utilizing a solar panel and USB-C cable to recharge their battery.

Battery connected to the SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200
The SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200 with a battery attached. (Click to enlarge)
Solar Panel Charger - 10W

Solar Panel Charger - 10W

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USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

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Note: DO NOT remove batteries by pulling on their wires. Instead, it is recommended that pair of dikes (i.e. diagonal wire cutters), pliers, or tweezers be used to pull on the JST connector housing, to avoid damaging the battery wiring.

Disconnect battery w/ dikes
Using a pair of dikes to disconnect a battery. (Click to enlarge)

Qwiic Devices

The Qwiic system allows users to effortlessly prototype with a Qwiic compatible I2C device without soldering. Users can attach any Qwiic compatible sensor or board, with just a Qwiic cable.

Qwiic devices connected to SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200
The Qwiic EEPROM connected to the SparkFun Thing Plus - DA16200.