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Arduino clone Answered

I'm looking for a cheap arduino clone. I've been looking at uduino, but it looks a lot different then all the other arduino clones. It has next to no components, and I'm not sure if its good for me as I have almost no programming skills ( I programmed a bit for my psp). What's the cheapest? So far the cheapest I found is boarduino for 15 dollars and a programming cable for 20 dollars. If someone can explain uduino a bit better I might try that


The seeduino isnt on sale anymore. It is $24 now so it is about the price of a real arduino.

Why wouldn't you just buy a standard Arduino? Here's the biggest benefit: IT WORKS OUT OF THE BOX If you value your time at all, it's so much cheaper to start off with something that you know works. You obviously don't have a lot of experience with AVRs - so if you value your time at all, it's well worth getting a commercial product that works with the softawre straight away, than building something that you don't know is 100% correct. If it doesn't work, is it a programming error, or a hardware error? Burning fuses and the bootloader has got to be the biggest challenge with DIY setups. If you think your time is work $5 an hour, it's a better deal to get a commercial product than set them up yourself. I'm not saying that there is no value in ever doing things for yourself, but if you have no or little experience, it makes sense to start off in the easiest way, then tackle more when you know what you are doing. Start with a commercial Arduino (or a boArduino + ftdi cable), then once you get your skills up, make your own boards, circuits etc.

well, I bought the boarduino because I'm confident I can solder everything together pretty well, afterall, I built 3 steppermotor drivers from scratch, totallying in about 100 parts. i think i can handle a little bit of soldering. I mean there's no fragile parts even to break.

it should take about 10 minutes to solder up a boarduino, In my cnc project I can solder about 40 pins a minute, if they're all there. The rest of the time is figuring out where stuff goes and flipping the board over.

I'm 13, time = priceless. lol
besides, I love soldering stuff up.

also I'm trying to start a business, my cnc machine is about 80% done (+ debugging), and i'll just use the boarduino for experimenting, then if something works then program it to microcontrollers, sell the product, and post an instructable of how to make it (I kind of want to be ladyada, but still a guy, lol).

Every penny counts, infact I counted up my change bucket and I found i have 12 more dollars than I thought i had! Yay

Cool, nice one. With the boArduino you get a tested, proven design with the bootloader and fuses all set up, so you can worry about the software part.

so before i buy, does anybody object (did i spell that wrong?)against me buying the usb cable thing for 20 bucks and the boarduino for 17.50, I don't like the barebones because it looks inconvienent.


10 years ago

If you're going for the least possible expense:

-- Unless you really prefer programming in the arduino lang (over C), it makes more sense to use a bare AVR with a home-made DAPA cable ($5) and a couple of extra parts (see pic.) So you'd have to use C. Big deal.

-- IMO, the real strength of the Arduino as originally conceived is the addition of the FTDI chip, giving cheap AVRs USB capabilities (all for only $35.)

I'd strongly recommend you go that route, as an FTDI cable is $20, and serial cables with built-in max232 will be similarly priced.

You can always remove the programmed arduino chip and plug that into smaller application boards.


10 years ago

An "official" Arduino Deicimila seems to have an MSRP of about $35.
There's the "Freeduino" fully compatible kit for about $25.

Boarduino You mentioned, at $17.50 plus the programming cable.

Some older serial arduino kits at $17, if you already have a serial port or usb/serial converter (but then you'll also need a power supply.)

Modern Devices Bare Bones Board for $15; or Really Bare Bones Board for $11. Both require a programming cable.

Note that if you have a serial port and power supply, a serial programming cable may be much cheaper than the FTDI USB cable.

Bare arduino chips (Atmel ATMega168 chips pre-programmed with a bootloader) seem to be pretty common at about $5 (which is a pretty nice deal, considering the same chip will cost you $4.11 at digikey WITHOUT the bootloader, unless you buy 25 of them!)

"udunio" just seems to be a minimalist way of getting the bare chips working.

well, out of all of those i think I might go with the boarduino because it's most convinient, I still might get a usb cable because a lot of programming projects use them