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A Breadboard, or Solderless prototyping board, is a construction base generally used for prototyping electronic circuits. It allows you to temporarily connect electronic components together quickly and easily, without needing to solder connections permanently.

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Some different breadboards.

Breadboards come in many shapes and sizes, however they share a few common characteristics.

1 They have a number of holes across their surface. These holes can securely hold a variety of electronic components such as wires, resistors, and LED's, to name a few, by holding them in place with 'spring clips'.

2 Each breadboard connects its holes together so that current can flow and the user can control which components are connected, and which are not. Breadboards all connect their holes in 'buses' according to certain conventions. When you see a breadboard, you will see large grids with columns of 5 holes, long lines of holes, and channels separating grids. The