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MBG Components for Serial BackPack

New MBG Components for Serial BackPack

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Click on the FAQ & Postage TAB above to get the details of Postage, MMBasic, Geoff Graham the MaxiMite-MicroMite author, Mick Gulovsen the manufacturer of these products, and the details of the Support forum.


MBG Components for Serial BackPack

The files for this specific product can be seen at: http://www.dontronics.com/micks-mite/files/index.php?dir=12+Serial+BackPack%2F

The Serial BackPack Bare Board can be purchased from here:


Mick has a variety of components available for his range of MBG PCBs. These are not down to the last resistor and capacitor, but these are the ones unlikely to be in a "parts bin".

Mick's tips

Re the SMD, It really isn't too difficult, The following is how approach it.Align the socket so it seems to sit right and tack one of the feet, Check again and tack the other side, If all AOK for alignment then solder the other 2 feet, check again and the re-solder the 2 tacked feet.. The pins should sit flush on the pads with a bit of the pad (say 1mm) exposed for solder flow.

It is a good idea to buy some SMD solder flux such as this.
As links change on a regular basis, do an Ebay search on:
"Advanced Professional Solder Soldering Paste RMA-223 10CC Flux Gel Welding Oil"

I am a bit suspicious of Chinese and these are $1 where as `reputable' companies sell it for about $16 but it seems to work...If using the flux method smear some over the pins and using a fine tip, preferably with a small chisel point to hold some solder. Put some solder on the tip of the iron and move it straight into one of the pins (not at an angle) and the pin should solder OK, do this for all 5 pins. If you get a short a re-heat should clear it or solder wick will do the job. The secret is NOT TOO MUCH SOLDER on your tip and FINE point (with slight chisel)If you don't have solder flux... This method works well too.After the alignment steps above.. Try to solder each pin but don't worry if you short pins. Then use the solder wick to suck up the excess.. The secret here is NOT TOO much heat to rip up the tracks (they are quite resilient but will peel with excess heat) you need a fairly hot iron as the wick needs to heat to absorb the excess solder into it... Place the wick (like a blotter) onto the pins then apply the hot iron and you should see it soak up and remove the iron and wick together.

The following are links to Compatible SMD USB sockets.

As links change on a regular basis, do an Ebay search on:
"5 pcs Mini USB Type B Female Port 5-Pin 180 Degree SMD SMT PCB Jack WS"


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All Maximite and MicroMite support is done on The Back Shed forum at:

You will find the MaxiMite Basic author Geoff Graham offering support there also.

All of the Micks-Mites range of items are considered available only for the hobbyist market, and are priced to suit.

(NOTE **** Most smaller quantities of Microblock products will fit into the small package)

All MGB products are manufactured by Mick Gulovsen, and are based on Geoff Graham's PIC Based MicroMite Basic Computer system. These can be programmed in MMBasic and allows for C extensions for fast routines.


The Micromite is a Microchip PIC32 microcontroller programmed with the free MMBasic firmware. These chips cost from $4 to $10 and are available in a variety of packages from 28 pins to 100 pins. When programmed with the Micromite firmware they make a powerful and easy to program microcontroller that is ideal for most hobby projects.


MMBasic is a Microsoft BASIC compatible implementation of the BASIC language with floating point, integer and string variables, arrays, long variable names, a built in program editor and many other features.

Using MMBasic you can use communications protocols such as I2C or SPI to get data from a variety of sensors. You can measure voltages, detect digital inputs and drive output pins to turn on lights, relays, etc.  Special features include the ability to use touch sensitive LCD displays, temperature sensors, distance sensors and more.


Mick has concentrated on the extremely tiny Micromite range. All of Mick's working files are located here.

All support is done via "The Back Shed" Support Forum. These products are very small, so local and international shipping-postage can be done at minimal costs.

Postage costs on these items are $3 for Australia, and $8 for the rest of the world, as they are sent in a small package. You will find further information on the shipping page during checkout.  All of these items are posted to you direct from MBG, Hillside, Melbourne, Australia.

Postage is normally default set to standard postage. You will need to set this to a small package, unless instructed by our sales dept. to do otherwise.

In order to get postage cost down to a "One size Fits All" transaction, we have made the minimum shipping cost the price of a Small Package. Please don't be offended if you get your board(s) in a standard Letter. You simply can't post off a $1 board (or a small quantity), add the price of a basic letter stamp cost, and make enough profit for our time and trouble for this transaction. Consider it like a flag fall on a Taxi meter, as it has to cover basic shipping and handling.


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