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What kind of jumper wires should I get for electronics and a breadboard? There are female to female, male to female, female to female with headers. I don't know what to get. Just hookup wire?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I use #22 or 24 solid hookup wire (but the fancy jumper things weren't invented when I first used a plastic breadboard). \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Bennett Oct 9 '16 at 19:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterBennett What do you do when you need a female connection? \$\endgroup\$ – johnny Oct 9 '16 at 19:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ If I needed a female connector, I'd probably just take a couple of turns arond the pim with my solid wire. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Bennett Oct 9 '16 at 20:32
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From my experience, you should get all three types. Most of the time you will be using male-to-male and male-to-female.

Since using wires for breadboard connections can create quite a mess on the breadboard, I would also suggest getting these:

Jumper wire

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you plug header pins right into the breadboard? \$\endgroup\$ – johnny Oct 9 '16 at 19:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, I usually plug header pins directly into the breadboard, whenever it is possible. You cannot plug 2-row headers directly (happens quite a lot), and that is when you can use male-to-female wires. \$\endgroup\$ – Marko Gulin Oct 9 '16 at 19:48
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The standard solid strand breadboards wires are nice when making a nice clean circuit however they break quickly: http://tinyurl.com/z482nme

These are really nice in that they are made out of stranded wire with molded ends. They rarely break and are really easy to work with however they make a circuit messy fast: http://tinyurl.com/ha94t8e

Female/Female aren't very common. You mostly needs these for connecting male header pins on breakout boards not necesarrily bread boards but they are still nice to have around: http://tinyurl.com/jhwwkpa

My advice is to buy all 3 of the above. It may look like a lot but it doesn't take long for them to get lost, melted, broken, etc.

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