I need to add a HAT on the BOTTOM side of the Pi 3 Model 3+. Is there a way to do this? Can I buy the Pi without the I/O connector, or with it installed on the bottom instead of the top?
Imperf3kt wrote: ↑Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:34 amI had this same idea for a project with a Pi0 - decided to call it a shoe.
You can push the pins through the GPIO by removing the plastic strip (friction fit) and, heating the solder while applying a small amount of pressure.
The problem here is that you'll also have to do the same to your hat, as the connector will be on the wrong side of the PCB and the order will be reversed.
Alternatively, connect the hat with an old 40 connector IDE ribbon cable (NOT the newer 80 connector type which uses the same header)