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This is the new revision of the kit. We switched to a better trimpot and green LED. This is a kit that gives you all of the basic through-hole components you will need to get started playing with embedded projects. These are the 'bubble gum' parts that we regularly use. A good starter assortment of caps, ICs, regulators, diodes, and good-for-blinky LEDs. Be sure to look through our tutorials for some great projects.
This assortment of parts makes a great gift for beginner and advanced electronics nerds! For more gift ideas check out the SparkFun Gift Guide!
You may notice there are no resistors in this kit. We recommend purchasing the resistor kit listed below for all the resistor values you may need.
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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This kit contains lots of items that are fun to explore and discover. Starting with the LEDs and leading into the 7 segment display and then the 555 timer is natural and fun. The photo-resistor and 10k pot are also fun to play around with and teach electronics with. However, I can't give this 5 stars due to the fact that there are no resistors in this "Beginners Parts Kit". Most of the kit items are useless without the appropriate resistors and resistors are as beginner as it gets. Add to this the fact that the kit contains nearly 50 capacitors?!? Don't be cheap and don't try to pass the buck by adding a disclaimer to the description - just add a small reasonable set of resistors to this.
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It's a good selection of components, but a bit heavy on capacitors. Get it with the resistor kit and you'll be ready for all kinds of projects!
I haven't yet used any of the parts, so this review comments on the way it was packaged. The latch on the lid of the parts box is not very secure, and mine had popped open presumably during shipment. When I unpacked my order, I spotted the two LM358s at the bottom of the box, like fries in the bottom of the bag. Their pins were bent to varying degrees, with one pin bent inward 90 degrees. I checked the rest of the kit, and the leads for the voltage regulators and the trim pot were also bent. The legs of the voltage regulators weren't secured in a piece of cardboard or such as pictured. It seems many of these issues could have been avoided by better securing the lid for shipping.
I'm hoping everything's fine since I was able to bend everything back into place. Everything else seemed ok, and there were quite a few extra capacitors that made up for the packaging issues. I'm looking forward to using the kit!
Oh no! I'm sorry that it arrived in a mess. Thanks for letting us know about this - I'll be passing the feedback along to our Kitting crew. Do let us know if you find anything that isn't working correctly. We'll get you taken care of! :)
Contains a good collection of components, I know that they don't include resistors because they sell a separate kit for them but a few would have been nice, lucky I remembered to buy the resistor kit. Also 3 LEDs is a little low for a beginner kit, I fried 2 of them in the first day, again lucky I bought a separate pack of LEDs.