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The Pro HAT from RasPiO is the perfect HAT to begin your journey into Raspberry Pi programming via the GPIO! The RasPiO Pro HAT puts the Raspberry Pi's GPIO ports in numerical order and clearly labels them, so there's no pin counting, which reduces the risk of connecting to the wrong pin! Each port has a female socket to plug your wires or components into, and the ports are arranged, along with plenty of power and GND sockets, around a 72-point breadboard for easy hacking.
If you want to do some electronics, it's made a lot easier for you. LEDs need no current-limiting resistors because they are already built-in and Pro HAT also has a protection circuit on each GPIO port, which means you won't damage your Pi's ports by wiring something up incorrectly (But it is still possible to cause damage by directly shorting 3V3 or 5V to GND!) Additionally, if you want to bypass the 330 Ohm resistor on a GPIO port, you can connect directly to the unprotected side where all the ports are broken out as through-holes. This is particularly useful for buzzers, which usually require slightly over the 10mA limit imposed by the resistors.
The RasPiO Pro HAT Features