Breadboard Wires

Hi, I'm starting out in Electronics and Arduino, and I've ordered a lot of parts (resistors, capacitors, etc) from Futurlec. After making me wait two weeks with no word, I emailed them to find out if anything went wrong. Apparently the Breadboard Jumper Wires were out of stock, so they were going to wait another two weeks to ship everything. I canceled the wires and they are shipping today (apparently) and they refunded my money for the wires.

I have no idea what kind of wires to use, and I haven't been able to find any information on it, for breadboards and making small circuits. I can't find any guides or ebooks on it. Perhaps I'm just looking in the wrong locations?

Can anyone point me in the right direction for what kind of wires, and where I could buy them online, for use with a breadboard and Arduino boards? I'm new to this world, so I apologize if I've made any grave assumptions.

I have a Duemilanove if that makes any difference.

Thanks for your time! =)

PS: Any online stores to replace Futurlec would also be appreciated.

24AWG solid wire is the common choice for jumper wire.

I thought Radio Shack sold solid core wire in this size but I didn't see it on the web site . If you are in the USA pop in and ask them . BTW- It helps to post your location if you are if asking for supplier recommendations on the forum.

A goggle search for 24 AWG wire turned up this : http://www.apogeekits.com/hook_up_wire.htm I have no experience with this company but this seems a good assortment at a reasonable price.

I also noticed that nkcelectronics has the jumper kit, they ship to most countries and have low international shipping charges: http://www.nkcelectronics.com/solderless-breadboard-jumper-wire-kit.html

For temporary wiring-up, I usually use pieces of old telephone wire, suitably cut and stripped. Telephone wire is solid-core, unlike, say, ribbon cable. One can usually find a source of offcuts for free or very cheaply. The only snag is that there are often only four colours, although I did get a length of cable with many pairs of conductors inside, which widened the colour choice considerably.

Awesome thanks for the help! I don't have any spare telephone wire but if I come across some I'll try it out.

Looking for a place to get some AWG 24 in Canada (Ottawa). Should have said that earlier.

Also, what are some good power sources that I can use without relying on USB for the breadboard? Are there any wall adapters I could buy?

Strip the blue insulation off some old CAT5 cable, and you’ve got 8 perfect wires for breadboarding

The inside-the-wall CAT5 is solid conductor (24 gauge, IIRC), but if you butcher a patch cable (the type normally used to co between the computer and the wall/switch/whatever) you'll be sorely disappointed, as these are stranded conductor and make lousy breadboard wires.

-j

but if you butcher a patch cable (the type normally used to co between the computer and the wall/switch/whatever) you’ll be sorely disappointed, as these are stranded conductor and make lousy breadboard wires

Must be brand specific - I’ve only come across solid. I can understand there might be a market for more flexible patch leads though, some of those server wiring jobs are crazy!

One advantage of using CAT-5 cable over phone cable is that you get eight different colours!

In addition to properly sized solid wire, I have found the below to be incredible useful when doing quick breadboard setups.

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8431

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8430

Lefty

Same thing as the Sparkfun jumpers but a lot cheaper (eBay search)...

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=solderless+breadboard+jumper&_sacat=0&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270.l1313&_odkw=jumper+wires&_osacat=0

I use these kinds of flexible jumpers almost exclusively. They're much easier to use than the rigid pre-bent solid-core "kits".