The advantages in one view: 

  • The ESP-12E Modul can be removed from the adapter at any time because it is just held by the contact pressure.
  • The Adapter is so tall, that it can be used on a normal bread board and there is still space for jumper wires.
  • The Adapter can be also used just for flashing the module - means a bread board is not required.
  • The power supply for the required 3.3 volts can come from a cheap USB flash adapter as it will be sold direct from China for already a bit more than an euro. (these adapters are also able to flash ESP01 modules.
  • The Modules remain mechanically untouched.
  • It may be flashed in-circuit without removing the module from the bread board.
  • The Adapter consists of low cost and simple to get components that can be found often already in the makers part box.

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