Hi there! I am new to this maker world and I would like to get some feedback from more experienced makers (is that the right terminology???). I recently bought a RPi3 from Core and WOW!!!. I cant believe how easy it was to setup and start producing prototypes!! The RPi course on the Core website was extremely helpful.
I have built a small prototype to record the level of water in my water tanks. The current prototype uses a non solder breadboard to hold the resistors and make the circuit. I would like to make the setup permanent and allow for expansion later. It also has to be installed outside.
So now for the questions!!
Does everyone use non solder breadboards in their final product?
What housing can you get for outdoor use?
Does RPi’s need airflow or can the housing be air/waterproof?
Does RPi’s get damaged from being outside in sometimes moist air?
How does everyone attach boards to the housing?
Congrats on getting to that point with Raspberry Pi. I’m sure other people will chime in with their own thoughts but here are a few things about some of those points:
99% of projects use some form of soldered board as solderless connections just aren’t reliable enough for the majority of use cases. If you’ve already got your project nailed down on a breadboard and you’re happy with the circuit, then the best option (in my opinion) is to use one of the Adafruit Perma-Proto boards which match the layout of a solderless breadboard, however, you can solder to them.
You can get a bunch of different enclosures for a Raspberry Pi, however, the best option is definitely to just get a decent enclosure, and mount it somewhere undercover, rather than a waterproof enclosure (I haven’t used one) as all of your connections need to be waterproofed as well.
Unless it’s severly humid, moisture in the air shouldn’t be too much of a factor. A Raspberry Pi is exposed to the same air most of the time, so unless you’re letting it sit out in dew or similar conditions, it should be fine. But again, common sense and caution are the best indicators here.
The Raspberry Pi has several holes for small (M3 screws I think) screws/bolts and most cases will either use those, or a clip on system.
The best option would be some good solid core wire Something like this kit is good as it allows you to use different colours according to the wire usage to help keep things organised. They can go into the RPI headers as well.
Hot glue can be fairly easily removed once set. Everything you’re asking is simply a matter of trial and error. There is no ‘best’ way of doing most of these things, I would suggest trying out a couple of things with your project and seeing what works the best.