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SparkFun (PID 12942) Bus Pirate - v3.6a with Cable

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Price
$35.79
Manufacturer
Sparkfun
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Is Amazon Fulfilled
Amazon Fulfilled
Weight
0.040 Pounds
Length
2 Inches
Height
1 Inches
Width
2 Inches
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Features
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  • 5.5V tolerant pins. 6V measurement probe
  • 1Hz - 40MHz frequency measurement 1kHz - 4MHz pulse-width modulator, frequency generator
  • On-board multi-voltage pull-up resistors On-board 3.3volt and 5volt power supplies with software reset
  • Bus traffic sniffers (SPI, I2C)
  • A bootloader for easy firmware updates
Description
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The Bus Pirate v3.6a, created by Ian Lesnet, is a troubleshooting tool that communicates between a PC and any embedded device over 1-wire, 2-wire, 3-wire, UART, I2C, SPI, and HD44780 LCD protocols - all at voltages from 0-5.5VDC. This product eliminates a ton of early prototyping effort when working with new or unknown chips. Working with the Bus Pirate is simple and effective - type commands into a terminal on your computer, those commands are interpreted by the Bus Pirate and sent via the proper protocol. The Pirate will also interpret data sent from your embedded device back to your comput...
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Very easy to use.
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Well documented.
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I use it side-by-side with my J-Link.
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Alot of blogs out there are wrong!
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Many, many hardware projects in the office have been saved by the bus pirate.
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Category: Serial Adapters
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The usual price range for a serial adapter is between $4.99 to $299.00.

If you want to know about serial adapters in general, please go to our Serial Adapters: Things to Know Before Buying in 2020 page to learn more!

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Jane's Review: Should I buy this product?

Jane's Review

Yes! I highly recommend this serial adapter based on its brand popularity, manufacturer ratings, and comparison with its similar products. Let's go over the reasons why buying this serial adapter now is a good idea, and also things to consider before you decide on this item.

1. SparkFun is a known serial adapter brand

SparkFun is a fairly popular brand among other serial adapter brands. I found some YouTube videos that talk about this product, which means this is a widely known product/brand. I have attached the videos above and links in the additional research section down below, so don't forget to watch and read those!

One thing to be careful about here is that I'm not verifying if this product's maker is a household name or not. This section is more focused on whether this is proven enough by its consumers, whether people actually love this product.

2. Manufacturer has very positive reviews on all their products!

The maker of a product is another factor you want to definitely consider before you buy anything. What if there is a piece missing or there is some defect in the product? With anything you buy online, there is a small chance of this happening. But don't worry too much, because Amazon has an amazing 30-day refund policy (Amazon❤️). Still, you want to make sure that the manufacturer or the seller has been helpful in resolving this kind of problem and/or has been helpful to its customers about general product inquiries. As you see in my manufacturer report below, Sparkfun (SparkFun) has very positive reviews for their products. It's generally a good sign if the manufacturer has good reviews overall. If your purchase decision heavily involves how well they make their products and treat their customers, this is likely a safe bet.

3. Sadly, this is your only option

I haven't looked into similar products of this item. Let me get back to you on this, please check back shortly! In the mean time, you can check similar products on Amazon.

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4. This serial adapter has positive reviews on the internet

Some people have a great experience with a product, while some are unlucky and get a defected item and have to go through the whole process of returning them. Since people have different experiences about a product due to various reasons, don't read too much into one good or bad review. Reading multiple reviews with different ratings can help you picture how good/bad the product generally is.

This serial adapter has positivereviews on the internet, and based on current trends, it's likely that people will like this serial adapter more a week later. I summarized what fans and haters say about this product above in the good/ok/bad table, so don't forget to read those since they paint the whole picture! And of course, if you want to read more detailed reviews, many of them are on Amazon!See More Reviews on AmazonSee More Reviews on Amazon

5. Take a look at its price history

image/svg+xml Highest Price Lowest Price $46.49 $34.45

Price is one of the most important factors in making a purchase decision. I analyzed the price of this product in four parts: its recent price change, when it was most expensive/cheapest, its price volatility, and a price prediction I made, just in case you want to wait.

First off, let's talk about its recent price change. The price of this product has not changed from May 10, 2020 to May 17, 2020, which means that it has steady and healthy supply!

Next, we need to look at its highest price and lowest price. Historically, the highest price point for this serial adapter was $46.49, and the lowest price point was $34.45. The current price is nearly the highest it has ever been. If the best price is what you're after, now isn't exactly a good time to buy this serial adapter.

What about its availability and price volatility? This is another aspect we have to dig into before buying something. I haven't seen this product being unavailable since I started reviewing this product. So as far as the availability goes, this product is solid. If you plan to make a repeat purchase of this kind of item, this is your product! In addition, this product also has a lot of volatility in price. It's likely there are multiple sellers with varying offers, or is subject to seasonal pricing. It also may indicate that it goes on sale often!

Considering all this, will the price go up or down in a week? Based on past price points, I expect the price to be $41.63 a week from now. It might be best to wait for a future price drop, but if this product checks all the boxes for you, don't wait to optimize for small gain.

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That's it! I hope you learned enough about this product to make a purchase decision now. You can always ask me about anything via the bird button on the bottom right corner. Thanks for reading — I'm going to add more analyses on this review, so stay tuned!

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