Overview

This guide is intended to get you using the Adafruit 2.13" tri-color e-ink FeatherWing and 2.7" tri-color e-ink shield quickly with CircuitPython.

These displays come with headers already soldered on - male headers for the shield version and female headers for the Feather version. This allows them to be plugged in to their respective microcontrollers without soldering. Place on the microcontroller, upload your code and graphics file, and display!

Refresh Times

Most LCD, OLED, and LED displays can be written to quite fast which helps to do moving graphics and colors easily.

For eInk displays, this is not the case. Erasing an image involves sending special signals to the display to "undo" the colored pixels from displaying. Adafruit recommends to not refresh these displays more often than every 180 seconds (3 minutes).

If they are written to more quickly, the display may be damaged. A damaged display may have pixels permanently on or off or other anomalies and voids the warranty.

eInk displays continue to display an image, even with the power off. If you want a fairly static image, say a picture or a name badge, eInk is wonderful.

If you want a crisp, rarely changing display, eInk is great. For fast changing information, please consider a different class of display like TFT or OLED.

Parts

Feather Form Factor

Adafruit Feather M4 Express - Featuring ATSAMD51

PRODUCT ID: 3857
It's what you've been waiting for, the Feather M4 Express featuring ATSAMD51. This Feather is fast like a swift, smart like an owl, strong like a ox-bird (it's half ox,...
$22.95
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Adafruit 2.13" Tri-Color eInk / ePaper Display FeatherWing

PRODUCT ID: 4128
Easy e-paper finally comes to your Feather, with this breakout that's designed to make it a breeze to add a tri-color eInk display. Chances are you've seen one of those...
$24.95
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Metro Form Factor

Adafruit Metro M4 feat. Microchip ATSAMD51

PRODUCT ID: 3382
Are you ready? Really ready? Cause here comes the fastest, most powerful Metro ever. The Adafruit Metro M4 featuring the Microchip ATSAMD51. This...
$27.50
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Adafruit 2.7" Tri-Color eInk / ePaper Shield with SRAM

PRODUCT ID: 4229
Easy e-paper finally comes to microcontrollers, with this breakout that's designed to make it a breeze to add a tri-color eInk display. Chances are you've seen one of those...
$39.95
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Programming

Any USB data plus power cable will work if it fits your computer at one end and has a micro B connector on the other end. The one below is a favorite, but pick your own depending on your needs.

Pink and Purple Braided USB A to Micro B Cable - 2 meter long

PRODUCT ID: 4148
This cable is super-fashionable with a woven pink and purple Blinka-like pattern!First let's talk about the cover and over-molding. We got these in custom colors,...
$3.95
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This guide was first published on Nov 13, 2019. It was last updated on Nov 13, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Dec 05, 2019.