Can I use it with no backlight? And is it easily readable in bright sunlight?
Or does anyone know of a good, reflective LCD display that is serial-enabled for Arduino?
QuoteCan I use it with no backlight? And is it easily readable in bright sunlight?You can experiment since you already have one. Generally, the positive types (lights going through the pixels, like white-on-blue) don't work without backlight. The negatives (reflective. lights got blocked by the pixels) work without backlight.
QuoteOr does anyone know of a good, reflective LCD display that is serial-enabled for Arduino?Parralex (?) has them. and I am sure New Heaven has them too. However, they are generally quite expensive and it makes more sense (and more fun) to program an avr that functions like a serializer.
I don't know if your white-on-black is similar to my white-on-blue but for my case, I had to keep back light on all the time indoors. But if I turned off the back light, I can see outdoors. I had to readjust the contrast a bit though.
Putting it back together is the hard part, not taking it off. The conductive rubber and metal tabs are not very friendly to disassembling and reassembling. Try the contrast first.
the white-on-black is almost completely unreadable without some backlight.
I just went and ordered a black-on-green display. In normal, indoor lighting, the display is readable with no backlight at all, in fact, you can't even tell any difference if you turn the backlight on full or not. In darker lighting conditions, the backlight makes a difference as would be expected.
Maybe you can ask where liudr got his lcd ...
I will try to get a picture of it under sun light.