We have created a great tutorial that goes over PCB design and etiquette for manufacturability using PCB fab houses. Spark Fun has literally sent for tens of thousands of boards and we have learned a ton from our PCB fab house
. Your PCB manufacturer is not perfect and the fabrication of PCBs is not a trivial task, therefore one must know the limits of these fab houses so that you spend less time creating coasters and more time actually designing your project. Learn from our mistakes and check out this tutorial!
is a really cool widget that will allow you to check the weather
without ever leaving your bed. This build-your
-own Weather Station
comes with an anemometer with a reed switch, a wind vane with a
potentiometer for indicating the wind direction, and a rain gauge
with a switch that closes at set increments.Meter
and measure your power consumption like a pro with the ACS712 Low Current Sensor. This little guy is a member of our new group of
current sensors. We've added an opamp gain stage for more
sensitive current measurements and by playing with the gain, you can
get measurements on very small currents.
just got smaller. The OS-4000 is the cousin of the OS-5000, but is
even tinier ? coming in at only 0.6 inches by 0.6 inches. This
module contains a high-resolution, three-axis, tilt-compensated
digital compass and an easy to use ASCII interface.
of our infrared sensors, the Sharp GP2Y0A02YK0F Long-Range infrared sensor can detect objects from up to 5 feet way.
some simple transistors from ST Micro. The BC547 BJT NPN transistor works
great in audio applications.
is a Lantronix XPort embedded device server breakout board.
This nifty board takes the signals and puts them into a format that
is relatively easy for prototyping on breadboards or perfboards. Very
A simple breakout board for the
MQ-3 Gas Sensor. It'll help you get crackin' on that homemade
couple of handy gadgets ? a 315 MHz RF Link transmitter and a 315 MHz RF link receiver. We also sell several other RF Link devices
in different frequencies. Now sold individually. We have used these in the
past and have been very happy with their performance and reliability.
The first of three new soldering tools for the artisans out there. This is a nifty brass sponge and base
used to keep your soldering tip clean. It works better than the
standard sponge and requires no water. Plus, it does wonders for
those stubborn pots and pans - though we don't recommend it!
This is a water soluble liquid flux pen, great for performing any solder reworking.
Another addition to the solderer's
arsenal ? Tip Tinner and Cleaner. This uses a mild acid to keep
your soldering iron tip so fresh and so clean.