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This tiny but very effective Beetle Shield from DFRobot breaks out the primary pins into VCC, GND and Signal, to make prototyping on your Beetle easy.

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When building Electronics projects, there are often times in which smaller is better, as a small size allows projects to be discrete and easy to blend in without being noticed. This is why we immediately fell in love with this tiny Arduino Beetle Shield from DFRobot, which is designed for the smallest Arduino around – The Beetle – so as to break out the digital and analog pins and make it easier than ever before to connect up sensors, modules and other components to your small and discrete projects.

The Beetle Shield from DFRobot is only slightly larger than the Arduino Beetle, and takes the 6 primary pins (3 digital and 3 analog) on the Beetle and breaks them out into separated VCC, GND and Signal pins, while also connecting up the positive and negative power pins to seamlessly supply power to all of the connected modules. This allows you to use the classic 3-Pin cables like the DFRobot Analog Sensor Cables and the DFRobot Digital Sensor Cables, so you can connect up your favourite Gravity Series sensors and modules, as well as other 3-pin interfaces, with ease.

Please Note: Some versions of the Beetle Shield have the label for D9 and D11 switched. As such, if you see that this is the case, use the markings on the original Beetle Board as a reference, and simply ignore the labels of the pins on the shield. Additionally, if you know that you’re going to need the RX, TX, SCL and SDA pins on the back of the Beetle Board, you may need to solder wires on before stacking the board and shield together, so you can have easy access even once the board and shield are connected.


Beetle Shield from DFRobot  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Operating Voltage

– 3V to 5V DC                                                         

  • Arduino Compatibility

Arduino Beetle

  • No. of Digital Pin Breakouts

– 3 (Signal | VCC | GND)

  • No. of Analog Pin Breakouts

– 3 (Signal | VCC | GND)

  • External Power Pins

– 2 (VCC up to 5V | GND)

  • Onboard Controls

– Power Button

  • Onboard Indicators

– Power status LED


Additional Resources:

  • This is the official DFRobot Beetle Shield Wiki, containing useful information and connection diagrams for this tiny but fantastic Shield.


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Beetle Shield from DFRobot

Beetle Shield from DFRobot

As self-proclaimed “Robo-holics”, DFRobot is a company comprised of over 100 staff members, of which 30% are engineers who love to build robots. It was started in 2008 with the goal of embracing and promoting open-source hardware, with a core focus on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and their very own LattePanda development boards. Since then, DFRobot have manufactured over 1300 unique modules, sensors and components that all work together and complement each other, allowing users like us to enjoy a full spectrum of cutting edge robotics and electronics without having to pay premium prices.

With the primary goal of developing and manufacturing great quality products, while making them accessible to as many people as possible, DFRobot are rapidly becoming one of the most common-place brands in the world of open-source robotics and electronics. With more than 1300 products developed in-house, and an impressive range of different categories and specialisations, there are few brands in the world who can compete in terms of quality, accessibility and genuine innovation.