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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?


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

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.

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.


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

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.


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.

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.



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.