Which LCD to Use?

This backpack will work with any 'standard'/'classic' character LCD. It does not work with graphic LCDs. Character LCDs come in sizes ranging from 8x1 (8 characters, one line) to 40x4 (40 characters, four lines). The backpack will also only fit LCDs that have a single line of pins at the top, not the ones that have a 2x10 or 2x8 connector on the side. Those are much rarer these days but just keep a look out for that!

The backpack will work with RGB LCDs (but wont control the RGB backlight, you can do that seperately from the LCD control) and it won't work with 40x4 LCDs because they have a second Enable pin.

Wait - the backpack has 16 holes, but my LCD only has 14 pins!

As long as your LCD has a HD44780 driver chip, you're OK. The extra two pins are for the backlight. Your LCD doesn't have a backlight.

We'll show you which holes to ignore in the Assembly section of this guide.
This guide was first published on Aug 27, 2012. It was last updated on Aug 27, 2012. This page (Which LCD to Use?) was last updated on May 22, 2019.