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Hardware Assembly

Now that we're familiar with the hardware on this Thing Plus board, it's time to connect it to our computer or battery power.

Basic USB Assembly

Basic assembly of the Thing Plus ESP32-C only requires a USB-C cable connecting the board to a computer. Just plug the cable into the USB-C connector like the photo below shows and you should see the RGB LED cycling through rainbow colors with the pre-loaded test code. From here, we can move on to installing the espressif boards package in Arduino and uploading code.

Photo of simple USB assembly.


Your computer may not recognize the board as a known USB device if you have not installed the espressif boards package in Arduino and/or installed the espressif IDF.

Battery Assembly

If you prefer a battery-powered application, plug a single-cell LiPo battery into the 2-pin JST connector on the underside of the board like the photo below. Remember, the MCP73831 only charges the battery when V_USB has voltage present either from the USB-C connector or through the V_USB PTH pin.

Photo of battery assembly.

For tips on the proper use of a LiPo battery and the 2-pin JST connector, please read through our Single Cell LiPo Battery Care tutorial.

Soldered Assembly

Those who prefer a traditional soldered assembly should solder wires or header pins to the PTH header on the side of the board. If you're not familiar with through-hole soldering or would like a refresher, take a look at our Through-Hole Soldering Tutorial: