ESP32 Thing Hookup Guide

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Assembly Tips

The ESP32 Thing ships without anything soldered into the header pins -- ensuring that you can mold the board to best fit your project. To use the chip's pins you'll need to solder something to the I/O and power rail vias broken out to either side of the board.

New to soldering? Check out our Through-Hole Soldering Tutorial for a quick introduction!

What you solder to the ESP32 Thing's I/O pins is completely up to you. The header rows are breadboard-compatible, so you may want to solder male headers in. (Mildly satisfying: the ESP32 Thing's pair of 20-pin headers means you can get the most out of our 40-pin header strips.)

ESP32 Thing with male headers soldered

Then plug it into the breadboard, hanging the USB and LiPo connectors off the end, and start wiring!

ESP32 Thing breadboard action shot

All those wires and components, and there are still plenty of GPIO left to use!

Alternatively, female headers (you may need two separate strips to solder all 40 pins), right-angle headers, or stranded wire are all good options, depending on your project's needs.