December 12, 2013

Understanding the role of pull-up resistors

If you've heard about pull-up resistors, and not too sure about the theory and operation of them with your Arduino then a new tutorial published by James Lewis will be of interest. He runs through the pitfalls of not using them with digital inputs, and how to use the internal pull-up resistor in the Arduino's micrcontroller as well as using external resistors to stop floating digital inputs. Furthermore he demonstrates this in several videos, for example:

Some very useful notes for the beginner and possibly for the more experience user as well, so visit James' website to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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