How to Get Free Electronic Samples

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Intro: How to Get Free Electronic Samples

This instructable will show you how to get free electronic parts. That's right 100% free electronic components sent right to your door. Some manufactures and suppliers give their parts away for free for people to test them. I will put all of the companies that sent samples to me under a category determined by what parts they offer. Towards the end I will put the companies that I recommend to avoid because they didn't send samples to me. But before you go ask for free samples from these companies there is one thing that you should know. Never sell free samples on the internet to make money. The companies are nice enough for giving you free parts for your projects so don't sell them on the internet. Other than that have fun as you start to receive shipments of your free parts.
I will be updating this with more companies as I receive more samples from them. This took me awhile to make so feel free to like, share, and don't forget to follow me.

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Step 1: Semiconductors/ Microcontrollers

Texas Instruments- Registration is required. Add items to cart and then checkout to order samples. No corporate email address was required. You don’t have to pay the shipping. It ships FedEx Ground.
Zilog- Registration is required. . You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address was required. You don’t have to pay the shipping. It ships FedEx 2nd Day Air.

Step 2: Passive Components (Diodes, Capacitors, Resistors, Transformers, Etc.)

TE Connectivity (they also have heat shrink, cable ties, terminal blocks, etc.)- Registration is required. Add items to cart and then checkout to order samples. No corporate email address was required. You don’t have to pay the shipping. It was easy with no questions asked. It ships FedEx Express.

Step 3: Connectors

Mill-Max (they also have transistor sockets, USB sockets, etc.)- Go to product and click sample button. No registration. You fill out a sample request form. It ships via UPS 2nd day air. You do not have to pay shipping and no corporate email address is required. 
Molex (they also have cable ties, terminal blocks, etc.)- Go to product and click “Request Samples.” No registration is required. You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address was required. It ships 2nd Day Air. You don’t have to pay the shipping.
FCI Connect- No registration is required. You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address was required. It ships FedEx 2nd Day Air. You don’t have to pay the shipping.


Step 4: Enclosures

Hammond Manufacturing- No registration is required. I contacted a sales rep. There is no sample request form. No corporate email address was required. It ships UPS Ground. You don’t have to pay the shipping.

Step 5: LED's/Switches

Purdy Electronic(LEDs, fans)- No registration is required. Click “Order Sample” button and then fill out a sample request form. A sales rep later contacted me with additional questions. No corporate email address was required. It ships UPS Ground. You don’t have to pay the shipping.
Lite On (LEDs)- No registration is required. You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address was required. You don’t have to pay the shipping. It ships UPS Ground.

Step 6: Others/Misc.

Richco Inc (Plastic fasteners and plastic components)- Go to product and click “Sample Request” button. No registration is required. You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address is required. It ships UPS Ground. You don’t have to pay the shipping.
Keystone Electronics (Battery holders, fuses, terminal blocks)- (Battery holders, fuses, terminal blocks)- Go to product and click “Add to Sample Cart” to order. No registration is required. You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address was required. It ships UPS Ground. You do not have to pay the shipping.
Little Fuse (Fuses, Gas Tubes, etc.)- No registration is required. You fill out a sample request form. No corporate email address was required. You don’t have to pay the shipping. It ships UPS 2nd Day Air.

Step 7: Surplus Websites/ Suppliers

A few websites that I recommend for buying parts on are Tayda Electronics and All Electronics. These are some surplus sites that have very cheap prices. Tayda Electronics is definitely cheaper and the shipping costs are almost nothing but All Electronics selection of products is much much larger. Both are great sites to buy from. I haven't yet tried to order samples from these websites.

My #1 recommended  supplier would be Digi Key. They wouldn't send me free samples but they have a huge selection of all types of electronics parts at fairly good prices. 

Step 8: Companies That Do NOT Send Free Samples

Here is a list of companies that would not send me free samples.

Vishay (Passive Components)- This website requires registration and they would not give me free samples.
Wima (Capacitors)- You fill out a sample request form and they refused to send me free samples.
AVX (Passive Components)- Fill out sample request form. No registration required. They would not send free samples.
Delevan (Transformers and Inductors)- No sample request form. I contacted a sales rep via email. No registration required. They would not send free samples.
MCI Transformer- No sample request form. I contacted a sales rep via email. No registration required. They would not send free samples.

Step 9: Free Used Disposable Cameras

What many hobbyists do not know is that they can get free parts from used disposable flash cameras. Inside the camera you will find a small transformer, an small neon light bulb, some resistors, some small capacitors, a large (usually 330uF) electrolytic capacitor, a couple transistors, the xenon flash tube, and a pretty full AA or AAA battery on the circuit board. You will also find a lens and some gears in the camera. 
To get free flash disposable cameras all you have to do is go to a store such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, or any store that has a photo department. Then go to the photo department in the store and ask for free used disposable cameras. Most of the time they will gladly give you how ever many you ask for.



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    rlinnabaryjr1

    4 years ago on Step 6

    Hello,

    I am a 47 year old male in a wheel chair and decided on electronics' as a hobby that I would enjoy and be able to do in my physical condition. My mind has been bored with work alone and so I am working on starting to take an on-line electronics' coarse the MIT offers for free.

    I have decided on building a couple of bench top power supplies for my 1st project to get started and was wondering if you could help me out with some of the parts that I will be needing. I don't want to sound greedy or anything, I would be more than great full for any help that you can offer me.

    I am wanting to make 2 each 0 - 30 volt / 0 - 3 amp power supplies and here is the link to the programmable one that I like that I want to build: http://www.tuxgraphics.org/electronics/200707/bench-power-supply-unit.shtml#0lfindex6
    If you can help me out with this project, many thanks to you and I won't forget what you have done for me for many years to come.

    Thanks for your time and have a great day!

    Rick Linnabary Jr.
    1821 S. Gordon
    Wichita, Ks. 67213
    USA
    (316) 440-3127

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    AnirudhT1

    2 years ago

    Is there any websites that send samples of actuators? Like servos and DC motors?

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    makeosaurus

    2 years ago

    Anyone know where you can get LED's in the UK??

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    DIYmasters

    2 years ago

    Hi mshbi,

    Vishay does send samples. so far i have got an infrared receiver, 2 leds, and a 7 segment lcd display. I am very pleased with the quality of the items. We should buy from them sometimes too so we can keep recieving samples.

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    kodfarki

    2 years ago

    Url of "Richco Inc" seems to be down.

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    Divergence

    3 years ago on Step 9

    thanks man! do you know of anywhere in australia to get used disposable cameras? because I've checked even a couple of photo shops and they don't have any...

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    yugmodnar

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Schmartboard gives out free samples. If you put some random email addresses into the section that asks you to list emails, you will receive a $10 coupon that you can use to get their circuit boards for free. After that, if you rate them positively, you can receive another $10 coupon (not tested yet).

    http://www.schmartboard.com/index.asp?page=schmartland_samples

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    rlinnabaryjr1

    4 years ago on Step 5

    Hello,

    I am a 47 year old male in a wheel chair and decided on electronics' as a hobby that I would enjoy and be able to do in my physical condition. My mind has been bored with work alone and so I am working on starting to take an on-line electronics' coarse the MIT offers for free.

    I have decided on building a couple of bench top power supplies for my 1st project to get started and was wondering if you could help me out with some of the parts that I will be needing. I don't want to sound greedy or anything, I would be more than great full for any help that you can offer me.

    I am wanting to make 2 each 0 - 30 volt / 0 - 3 amp power supplies and here is the link to the programmable one that I like that I want to build: http://www.tuxgraphics.org/electronics/200707/bench-power-supply-unit.shtml#0lfindex6
    If you can help me out with this project, many thanks to you and I won't forget what you have done for me for many years to come.

    Thanks for your time and have a great day!

    Rick Linnabary Jr.
    1821 S. Gordon
    Wichita, Ks. 67213
    USA
    (316) 440-3127

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    rlinnabaryjr1

    4 years ago on Step 4

    Hello,
    I am a 47 year old male in a wheel chair and decided on electronics' as a hobby that I would enjoy and be able to do in my physical condition. My mind has been bored with work alone and so I am working on starting to take an on-line electronics' coarse the MIT offers for free.
    I have decided on building a bench top power supply with dual output 0-30 volt and 0-3 amp output and +5/-5 outputs along with +/-12 volt outputs for my 1st project to get started and was wondering if you could help me out with the aluminum cabinet that I will be needing. I don't want to sound greedy or anything, I would be more than great full for any help that you can offer me. I believe that it will need to be 12" wide, 6" deep and 4" - 5" tall.
    If you can help me out with this project, many thanks to you and I won't forget what you have done for me for many years to come.

    Thanks for your time and have a great day!

    Rick Linnabary Jr.
    1821 S. Gordon
    Wichita, Ks. 67213
    USA
    (316) 440-3127

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    Advar

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Now, THIS is the type of useful information that this site is famous for! Thank-you very much! :))

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    andrea biffi

    5 years ago on Introduction

    some years ago I asked to many manufactures and suppliers for some specific samples from their catalog, but I had no luck :-(

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    thebooms2

    5 years ago

    Atmel also samples just about any of their microcontrollers for free with free shipping. Weidmüller samples high end terminal blocks and other accessories and guarantees you'll have your parts in hand within 72 hours. I live in the states and even my stuff arrived within 3 days from Germany. I've sampled items from other companies over the years as well. This is great for students on a tight budget.