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Step 2: Contrast Knob

This trim pot sets a voltage between two values, and this voltage is used by the LCD internally to set the contrast.

R37, R38, and RV1 set the contrast of the LCD. You'll notice that R37 is really far away from the other resistors. This is for practical reasons. This circuit runs all the way across the board so R37 is literally just somewhere along the way where it would fit. Not every design choice is a pretty one. 🙂

Tools Needed

  • Soldering iron
  • Cutter

Parts Needed

  • 1 x 3kΩ resistor

  • 1 x 1kΩ resistor

  • 1 x 1kΩ potentiometer


  1. Solder the 3kΩ resistor into R37.

  2. Solder the 1kΩ resistor into R38.

  3. Solder the 1kΩ potentiometer into RV1.