Pimoroni Explorer HAT Prototype Board for Raspberry Pi

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Product overview

• Expand your options with this prototyping board
• Includes four buffered 5V inputs, four powered 5V outputs, four capacitive touch pads, four crocodile clip pads and four coloured LEDs
• Connect even more with a 170 socket breadboard
• Compatible with the Raspberry Pi A+, B+, Pi 2 & Pi 3
• The board comes fully assembled – no need for soldering

What can I do with the Pimoroni Explorer HAT Prototype Board?
Connect your Raspberry Pi to this Pimoroni board and open up your prototyping options. There is a breadboard and eight capacitive inputs, as well as four inputs for an Arduino or 5V Trinket. There’s even four 5V powered outputs so you can connect solenoids, relays or stepper motors. If that wasn’t enough connections, you’ve got an entire 170 connection breadboard to experiment with – offering you countless potential options.

What outputs are compatible with this board?
The four 5V powered outputs let you run devices like solenoid and relays with control inputs from your Raspberry Pi. The on-board Darlington array means the outputs can supply up to 500mAs per channel, going up to 1A in total from all four. There are four LEDs that can be independently controlled to light when an action or process happens. These LEDs come in red, green, blue and yellow, making them perfect for status indicators.

What inputs are included on the board?
You can experiment with 12 different inputs. The four capacity touch pads produce an input when you touch them, and the four crocodile clip inputs can be connected up to a wide range of capacitive objects, from tin foil to oranges, to give you the perfect trigger for your device. Four 5V tolerant inputs let you connect your Pi to receive inputs from 5V systems like the Arduino Leonardo (not included), Uno (sold separately Order Code N30KU) or 5V Trinket (sold separately Order Code N60EA). The five channel buffer will accept anything from 2-5V as a logic high.


Type of devices Explorer HAT
Compatible with which Pi's? Raspberry Pi A+, B+, Pi 2 & Pi 3
Pin N/A
Sockets 10 + 170 breadboard (+ 40 to GPIO pin)
Voltage 3.3V & 5V
Current 500 mA output per channel (1A max)
Assembly required Yes
Soldering required Yes