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Depending on what I am shooting for, one method I tend to use is to solder a paper clip (or resistor lead) across a board and simply wrap my distribution wires around it and solder them in place. I prefer that over trying to jumper across protoboard with solder (for some reason it never wants to do it when YOU want it to, but when you don't want it to... whole 'nother story!)

I also employ this method when jumpering pins on ICs, connectors, etc.. I use kapton tape also to isolate parts to prevent touching such as when I am jumpering pin 1 to pin 9 on an 18-pin part. I apply a thin strip of kapton tape to pins 2-8 right along the edge of the leads where they meet the IC body and then run my jumper along the top of the IC leads for a nice clean look. For bigger applications, I use liquid electric tape or laquer.


You might look into Anderson Power Pole connectors. They are fairly inexpensive and work very well. You can purchase them in specail power strips, or make your own. They are easy to assemble and they are easy to assemble so they are polarized so you don't hook them up wrong. You can generally get 25 pairs (black and red shells) for about $25 US. Other color shells are alos available so you can color code 5V 12V and other possible combinations. Used to use Red/Black on RC car batteries and Green/Orange on the motors. They also take up little space so you can have a lot of access points in a small area.

Check them out here - http://www.powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpoles/powerpole-sets/15-amp-red-black-anderson-powerpole-sets.html

I have used them for RC Cars, Ham Radio, DC power distribution in a house with only solar power.


This is sort of a hack, but I use these:


I put the males on each board I make and use the females for 5 lines coming from my bench power supply.  Just plug it in when you need some juice.  It's polarized and eliminated screwups once you have the board wired right.
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DOn't really want to add a whole breadboard to the bot, and as I say, veraboard is impossible to cut a 12x2 section off without trashing more than I use.

Why? I use either a junior hacksaw or a Dremel type drill with a cutting blade in it, depending on the thickness of the board. Both methods work fairly well, without trashing the veroboard.

I'll make you a few 12(holes) by 2(strips) and post them to you, if you want.

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