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Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Volume 1

This book is just cool. Volume one of a three-volume series, *The Encyclopedia of Electronic Components *is, well, exactly what it sounds like. Want to know how to use an electronic component? Want to look up a component you've never heard of? This book includes key information on electronics parts for your projects; complete with photographs, schematics, and diagrams.

You’ll learn what each one does, how it works, why it’s useful, and what variants exist. No matter how much you know about electronics, you’ll find fascinating details you’ve never come across before.

As a reference material it's been really well organized and fact-checked by expert advisers. Not only is the information accurate and detailed but it's easy to find. This is a great book to keep on your workbench!


  • Author: Charles Platt
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Make Media
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Volume 1
  • ISBN-10: 1-4493-3389-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4493-3389-8

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Volume 1 Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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  • This book has been a great resource for "tribal knowledge" about the components I don't, or haven't used often. Volume 2 coming out soon; can't wait.

  • Interesting book. I like how it explains how components work. I think that there is a sequal. BTW check out Charles platts "make electronics". It's a great book for getting you into electronics, and I've learned a lot from it.

  • Volume 2 is FINALLY out! Delayed more than a year. So get on that, Sparkfun!

  • This book fills a niche, at least for me. It has clear, concise descriptions of components that you can't get anywhere else. Datasheets are way too detailed and don't provide the "common knowledge" that exists about items. It more closely resembles a wiki entry, but spells out how to use an item as opposed to just basic facts like Wikipedia does. It doesn't try to be all inclusive and focuses mainly on hobby uses.

    Really enjoying reading this!

  • Got in ePUB great book!!

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