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Best first electronics kit? Answered


For Christmas I want to give my brother a kit to teach him to solder. The kit doesn't have to be that complex, and would ideally be made of parts that I could easily find myself (rather than buying in kit form). I was thinking a pummer, or a simple light following robot.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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steveastrouk

7 years ago

A "first" electronics kit wouldn't usually involve soldering. What's his skill level ?

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I_bikesteveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

He has some understanding of basic electronic components, and is fairly good with tools. The main purpose of the kit (besides building something neat) is to teach him to solder.

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steveastroukI_bike

Answer 7 years ago

I highly recommend Velleman's kits for him then. They are comprehensive and low cost.

Its an expensive way to learn to solder. Desoldering a load of components on a dead circuit board, cleaning it, and giving him an iron and reel of solder to remake all the joints would be practice, and non damaging.

Buy him a decent iron - I'd recommend something around 40 W.

I used to employ an old man who served his time in the RAF, as a radar mechanic, he was taught to solder by being given a reel of tinned copper wire and told to build a model of the Eiffel tower - all the joints had to be soldered.

Steve

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steveastroukkelseymh

Answer 7 years ago

Funnily enough, no. He always struggled with math, a fantastic craftsman - a perfect 'ibler, but with a mortal fear of computers.

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lemonie

7 years ago

parts that you could easily find I'm not sure about when I look at that - you'd have to buy some of them.

A small kit should be a good start for learning to solder, it's nice to have a clean PCB and fresh components.

L

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I_bikelemonie

Answer 7 years ago

I guess my question wasn't very clear.

By "find" I meant buy separately. I took a look at some electronics kits, and decided that it would cost way less just to buy the components myself. What I was looking for was a good, easy project to assemble a kit for.

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lemonieI_bike

Answer 7 years ago

Yes, but having a PCB helps in teaching people how to solder. Like steve
 recommends Velleman's kits - if teach him to solder is what you want, kits are good.

L

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Jayefuulemonie

Answer 7 years ago

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Depending on where you are in the world, try Oomlout, RS-Electronics, Adafruit, Sparkfun, Farnell, Digikey, Mouser. These websites all sell kits as well as components.