Qwiic Adapter Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The SparkFun Qwiic adapter board is the perfect board to use if you need to make any old I2C board into a Qwiic enabled board. This adapter breaks out the I2C pins from the Qwiic connectors to pins that you can easily solder with your favorite I2C enabled device.

SparkFun Qwiic Adapter

SparkFun Qwiic Adapter

DEV-14495
$1.50

Suggested Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need a I2C enabled device and some headers:

Break Away Headers - Straight

Break Away Headers - Straight

PRT-00116
$1.50
20
Female Headers

Female Headers

PRT-00115
$1.50
7
Break Away Male Headers - Right Angle

Break Away Male Headers - Right Angle

PRT-00553
$1.95
4

You will also need our handy Qwiic connectors to easily connect the adapter to your development board or system. Below are a few options:

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

PRT-14425
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 500mm

Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-14429
$1.95
Qwiic Cable - 50mm

Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-14426
$0.95

Tools

You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories. To modify the headers, you will also need needle nose pliers and diagonal cutters.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

TOL-09325
$7.95
7
Needle Nose Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

TOL-08793
$1.95
1
Diagonal Cutters

Diagonal Cutters

TOL-08794
$1.95
2

Hakko FX888D Soldering Station

TOL-11704
53 Retired

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview.

Qwiic Connect System
Qwiic Connect System

We would also recommend taking a look at the following tutorials if you aren’t familiar with them.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Logic Levels

Learn the difference between 3.3V and 5V devices and logic levels.

I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.