Quick and Easy Hack of the ESP8266-01 USB Adapter

We all know how fidgety it is to flash the ESP: 3.3 volts only, smoothing capacitors, GND-GPIO 0, VCC to CH_PD. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a simple adapter?

A quick look in ebay reveals that at least for the ESP-01 you can pick up a cheap little adapter something like this:

I bought one a few weeks ago and plugged it in. Not much happened - and it certainly wouldn't flash the ESP. I looked around for instructions and couldn't find much, so I put it in a drawer and forgot about it.

The other day I came across this. Apparently you need to ground GPIO 0 manually. The link shows an elaborate contraption to do this.

I pulled mine out of the drawer and used 1cm of wire to do this:

Flashed perfectly.

Mike Diamond

Lawyer, writer & author, medical education consultant, and enthusiastic self-taught maker.

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