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Could you guys please check if I should purchase this starter kit? I am a beginner and I want to learn about electronics. I am mainly interested in working with LEDs





5 years ago

Personally I'm much in the same boat, and I'm starting with the basics. An Arduino is not basic. It's pretty advanced technology.

So personally I would not buy that kit but look for something simpler instead. Just a small circuit that makes LEDs do fun stuff was the first project I took on, and you don't need an Arduino for that. It's possible, but it's also hella overkill.
The kit I bought contained an ATtiny. Much cheaper, and I didn't even need to program it (which is good because I couldn't program myself out of a wet paper bag if my life depended on it).

If I were in your shoes, which I can say I pretty much was a few weeks ago, I'd look for a couple of cheap kits which make LEDs light up in fun ways. I think Adafruit has some good options in stock.

Hey Hack,

Thanks for the reply. I actually bought the kit I mentioned becoz I was looking for a cheap option and wanted to know if it has all the basics in it. My kit is for $17.90 including shipping.

Sorry, I may have read the wrong thing into your question.
I'm also not sure what you mean by all the basics. That can mean so many things.
It all depends on what you want to do, and I'm not sure what exactly you want to do, but if it involves an Arduino, then by all means, enjoy.

I thought you were thinking along the lines of starting as an absolute beginner in general electronics. For that, apart from the ready-to-assemble kits, this looks like a nice option: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10003?
But maybe I misunderstood your question completely. If that is the case,  then again, sorry.

I asked around HQ, and:

this looks good, but if they want to save some $ and is only interested in leds then he should just get:

jumper wire (22 gauge solid core)

a bunch of 1/4Watt 220 ohm resistors:

a bunch of ~3V leds, 20mA, 1000-10000mcd:

common ground: http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_2125181_-1
common anode: http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_2128500_-1

some shift registers:
this is a little more expensive but great for driving 8x8 displays

I hope that helps answer your question.

Thanks Kiteman..I went through the links and frankly...I dont want to order it from US as I am in India. I actually bought the one I mentioned in my post as I dont see any more "cheap" options...I guess I will have to work with what I have...if you dont mind me hankering you for basic/beginners questions..that is

Of course we don't - everybody is a beginner at everything at some time in their lives (I have never used Arduino, which is why I asked around the office).

WOW!!!!! This is really overwhelming to me....I am just starting so...I will check out the links...thanks for the reply

Well, there are places that sell "soldering" starter kits, that also help start one out in simple electronics. A tutorial in reading schematics would be helpful too.