One of the fascinating aspects of the Raspberry Pi is its vast ecosystem of HATs or expansion boards that connect directly to the Pi’s 40 GPIO ports. Some of the greatest Raspberry Pi HATs add extra lights, motors, sensors, and other features that the Pi alone cannot deliver. But what if you want to utilize the HAT differently than directly on top of your Pi, or if you’re going to integrate it with other electronics? Cytron $10 Maker HAT Base is a 40-GPIO pin GPIO breakout board for all Raspberry Pi models, as well as a small electronics lab for use with HATs / pHATs.
Thanks to a second breakout header, we can mount a HAT/pHAT on the GPIO and still access the remaining GPIO pins. This tiny board also features Grove component connectors and several LEDs and buttons that we may utilize in our creations. Finally, we installed the Cytron Maker HAT Base on our Raspberry Pi 400 and gave it a spin. Who is it intended for? What is it capable of? What other options do you have? It doesn’t get any easier than this.
Using the provided ribbon connection, connect the board to any model of Raspberry Pi and turn it on as usual. We didn’t utilize the provided clip to fold and keep the ribbon cable’s shape because it’s a little tricky. Maker HAT Base is ready to operate in your electronics projects at their most basic level.
We may connect electronic components and circuits using the male or female headers and the provided breadboard. If you prefer HATs, make sure they’re attached before powering up; otherwise, they’ll install and function as if they’re directly linked to the GPIO. The M2.5 screw points on the left side of the board can secure HATs and pHATs.