Adafruit 1.2" 8x8 LED Matrix Backpack

Product ID: 1048
Qty Discount
1-9 $6.00
10-99 $5.40
100+ $4.80


By popular request, you can now get our 8x8 LED backpacks without the LEDs! These backpacks feature an HT16K33 I2C LED driver, they're simple and easy to use - you can use our very nice library for the backpacks to get running in under half an hour. If you've been eyeing matrix displays but hesitated because of the complexity, this is the solution you've been looking for!

Like our other LED backpacks, these are end-to-end stackable and by soldering the address jumpers on the back you can have up to 8 backpacks all sharing the same two I2C wires!

Comes with a fully tested and assembled LED backpack & some header. Some light soldering is required to attach the header and, of course, the display.

A 1.2" 8x8 matrix display is not includedbut we have lots of options in the store! We only know that this backpack works with the ones we stock. Other 1.2" square 8x8 displays may not work, we don't guarantee 'em.

Technical Details

Revision History:

  • As of October 30, 2023 - We've updated this PCB to have Stemma QT connectors on the I2C lines for plug-and-play usage. We've also updated it with Adafruit Pinguin to make a lovely and legible silkscreen.

Product Dimensions: 40.8mm x 32.0mm x 4.1mm / 1.6" x 1.3" x 0.2"

Product Weight: 5.2g / 0.2oz

RoHS 2 2011 65 EU Compliant
RoHS 2 2015 863 EU Compliant


Control small LED matrices with ease