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I'm looking to use a HX711 chip (which says it's a SOP-16L package,) and attach it to a circuit on a breadboard.

I've found two ways to do so: a socket or just the adapter.

Is there any difference between the two, other than that the adapter requires soldering?

I'm leaning towards the socket, since I barely have any experience soldering.

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The major difference is the soldering as you mentioned.

The socket would allow you to replace the IC quickly - such sockets are used for testing of IC's for instance.

The soldered adapter could give lower contact resistance and maybe a bit less capacitance in total but I think it would not matter much.

I wonder though why you did not buy a HX711 readily assembled on a board with blocking capacitors and so on. For instance sparkfun offers a "SparkFun Load Cell Amplifier - HX711". There are a lot of modules around and you might find one where the pin headers are pre-soldered - so everything ready for breadboard.

Soldering of pin headers to such board might be a good starter to train soldering skills - it's not that magic really :)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, the project I'm using the HX711 for has prohibited daughterboards like the Sparkfun one, but thanks anyways \$\endgroup\$
    – kenntnisse
    Commented Jan 31, 2023 at 1:28

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