Electronic – When to avoid using a breadboard


What are the cases where one should avoid using a breadboard? e.g. high frequency, noise prone circuits etc.

Best Answer

Areas where the common breadboard does poorly:

  • High voltage
  • High frequency (above 10MHz)
  • Where the additional breadboard capacitance would present problems (oscillators, etc)
  • Where glitches due to poor wire connections would result in poor operation
  • Where most of the parts are not through hole 0.1" (2.54mm) centers
  • For anything but on-the-bench prototyping (ie, don't take it out of the lab and expect it to work)
  • Sensitive analog electronics, such as sensor usage