FAQ

Commonly asked questions about all our products.

Where do I put the battery?
On the SpikerBox, there are +/- terminals to fit the 9V battery. Match the terminals on the battery to the connectors on the SpikerBox, and press the batter...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 4:59 PM
How do I turn it on?
Make sure your battery is plugged in correctly and has enough power. Locate the on switch or volume dial at the front of the SpikerBox. With the dial, you w...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 4:59 PM
How to reload the code or reprogram my Arduino?
Download the Arduino IDE at: www.arduino.cc. Install and Open Arduino IDE Follow these steps to upload your sketch: Connect your Arduino using the USB c...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Can I use Arduino Mega instead of the Uno?
The standard pins are the same on Mega or Uno, you can use mega without any problem, just be careful when you stack, because there are more pins and if you...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Can I use your images, media & schematics?
We are open source, so there is no need for us to grant you permission to use our schematics in order to build your own spikerboards and projects. The only ...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 5:01 PM
Does BackyardBrains provide medical devices and advice?
It's worth clarifying, our work at Backyard Brains is strictly educational. We do not create devices that are designed to treat, detect, or diagnose di...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 5:01 PM
Can circuit/board/software be damaged due to alligator clips touching each other?
Don't worry - you can easily touch the input alligator clips and it will not damage your circuit or board! The differential input has a high impedance...
Fri, 21 Aug, 2020 at 5:02 PM
Do SpikerBoxes have safety precautions installedin them?
Our SpikerBoxes have opto-isolated connection with the USB module through which serial communication is established. So there is no risk of getting electric...
Tue, 6 Oct, 2020 at 11:56 AM