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Is there somewhere I can enter a list of the electronic components i have and find out what I can make with them? Answered

I recently received a collection of electronic components from a company that was eliminating their repair department. I don't know a lot about electronics yet, so I'm not sure what many of the components I have can do. I'm working on making a list of everything I have, and learning what each does. I think the second part will be easier for me if I can see them in a working circuit. I know this is a lot to ask, but I have learnt not to underestimate the DIYer community.

While typing this, I had the idea that I could list them on a blog, and ask people to suggest things for me to make, then post videos of my attempts for criticism and comments. Then creating Instructables of my finished projects.

Thank you for any comments or suggestions


What was the company fixing with these parts?

I reccommend you start with doing just some beginner projects. QA section here has recommendations about them, search the site. If you can't find all of the components from the free pile, go and buy them for educational purposes. Otherwise the pile will just sit there and you will not cross the critical level on the learning curve to make use of it. Doing beginner projects you will learn to recognize simple components like resistors, capacitors, transistors etc which is unavoidable prerequisite for any advanced project. Also give yourself soft introduction to checking datasheets for IC-s, don't be disappointed if you don't understand almost anything written on them, at first just see what are the functional names for differnet IC-s.

It would be too overwhelming to try to make sense of all the components at once if you haven't had no "introduction course" about electronics. Learning complex things is always gradual process.

It really looks like a good supply of things but sooner or later some project will involve a component that sure is not there. So don't restrict yourself with the pieces you already own. Better finish a project with partial investment than a forever unfinished project with zero cost - I think.

From what I understand, they were fixing ticket printers. I have a basic understanding of what most of the common components do, such as resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, potentiometers, and the like. I have been having a lot of trouble figuring out the ICs. I understand some of the logic gates, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to use them. I think I will have to find a course to help me expand my understanding of how these parts could potentialy work together.

You are right, It's looking like I will have to make a small investment to get me past this road block. I have been trying to hard to make projects at no cost, and have ended up with no completed projects.

Thank you for your input. I would also like to thank iceng and WWC for their responses, even though I haven't found what I was initially looking for, you have all be a great help. I'm seeing that there are a lot of better solutions to my problem.


5 years ago

What i do is type in the part number, example " 74123 IC circuits " and you will get pages of ideas.

Good luck


5 years ago

If you can solder, there are over 650 things you can make once you add a battery some are interesting, some actually useful but most educational.


Wrong way around:
Decide what you want to do, design the circuit, pick the components.


+1 Very rarely will you ever have all the components in the right values for a project. If you have something major like a hard drive or fan then you can try searching for that specific component here or try googling "hard drive projects", for example.

I understand that this is not the preferred way to build a project, but I got all these components for free, and would like to use them. I don't even know what most of these components are, and I'm finding the task of figuring that out to be quite daunting. I'm mostly trying to make that process easier.

I've attached a picture of part of my collection to give an idea of what I'm dealing with. Most of the drawers have something in them, and a lot of it is mixed. For scale, the board on top of the orange cases is from a PC power supply. I also have a bunch of scavenged parts from CD players, tape players, and other broken electronics I have come across.

Thank you for your responses, lemonie and bwrussell, I appreciate your input.