Particle Electron 3G Cellular Kit (Americas/Aus)

The Electron is a tiny development kit for creating 3G cellular-connected electronics projects and products. It comes with a Particle SIM card (Nano 4FF) and an affordable data plan for low-bandwidth applications. Plus, it's available to more than 100 countries worldwide, and includes three months of Particle's 1MB monthly data plan for IoT devices!

The Electron Kit also comes with Particle's development tools and cloud platform for managing and interacting with your new connected hardware. The Electron can be powered via the VIN (3.9V--12VDC) pin, the USB Micro B connector or a LiPo battery (included).

The Electron is a GSM-only device, and does not support CDMA networks. Since this Electron operates at 850/1900 MHz, it is only available for customers in the Americas and Australia. If you live in Europe, Asia or Africa, we recommend the Electron that operates at 900/1,800 MHz. Continent compatibility is simplified, and exceptions exist. Please make sure to check the full list of compatible countries for the location where you wish to use your Electron.

  • 3 months of Particle's 1MB monthly data plan (delivered by email)
  • Particle Electron Board
  • Particle SIM Card
  • Li-Po battery (2,000mAh)
  • Taoglas Cellular Antenna
  • USB cable
  • Breadboard
  • Pinout reference card
  • Components for a sample product
  • U-blox SARA-U260 (3G) cellular module
  • STM32F205RGT6 120MHz ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller
  • 1MB flash, 128KB RAM
  • BQ24195 power management unit and battery charger
  • MAX17043 fuel gauge
  • RGB status LED
  • 30 mixed-signal GPIO and advanced peripherals
  • Open source design
  • Real-Time Operation System (RTOS)
  • FCC, CE and IC certified
  • Particle's 1MB monthly data plan:
    • 3 months included with kit
    • $2.99/month for 1MB (thousands of messages)
    • No contracts; cancel any time
    • $0.99/each additional MB

Particle Electron 3G Cellular Kit (Americas/Aus) Product Help and Resources

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  • BerenV / about 5 years ago * / 1

    I believe Particle's data plan includes 3 MB of data per month, not 1 as the product description states. It's $3/month after the free first 3 months. I'm still on my first month, but it looks like I get 3MB monthly for my SIM card.

    The Electron is great, but when carriers sunset 3G networks in the near future, it may lose its value. I would love to see Sparkfun start carrying Particle's new Mesh boards, which include an LTE cellular gateway called Boron.

  • I got a quick question regarding the Particle overall way of thinking: Most of their product are designed to work with their cloud system. However, in the case of strictly having an access point to the web are you obligated to go through their cloud system or you could directly go to your own server?

  • Shadyman / about 7 years ago / 1

    According to the UBlox Datasheet, this is primarily a dual-band UMTS/HSPA (3GPP Release 7) module with the ability to do dual-band GSM, so even though GSM may be shutting down in certain countries, it will still be able to use the UMTS or HSPA service

  • agreaney / about 7 years ago / 1

    GSM is 2.5G, not 3G. The only US carriers supporting GSM are shutting it down. It isn't worth getting a cellular modem unless it supports LTE across multiple bands.

  • Elimegrover / about 7 years ago / 1

    How much longer will 3G be supported?

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The Electron Rocks!

After playing around with many Particle Photons (WiFi), I decided to add in an Electron (Cellular.) I love this thing. I use it to monitor our CamperVan, including the inside temperature/humidity, the fridge temp, and the outside temp (near some critical components under the CamperVan.) The project was simple and I can now monitor and receive critical alarms on my cell phone, regardless of where we're traveling (as long as there's a cell signal, of course.)

Good: easy to program, bullet-proof, excellent community support, cheap monthly usage charges (as long as you program it correctly.) Minuses: Why they don't sell it without all the extra junk is beyond me (Particle's choice, not Sparkfun's.) I would love to purchase this device without the breadboard, micro-usb cable, sensors/resistors, and fancy plastic box. I've asked Particle and the answer was a resounding "NO!" So while I love the Electron, it's pretty obvious the maker community isn't their target market. Fair enough, it's still cool. But it would be cooler if they would lower the price a bit by stripping out the unnecessary components. I only need so many breadboards.

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pretty darn good

The Particle Electron, like the Photon, is well thought-through product and platform. Its relatively easy and quick to get a demo going. I say relatively because like Arduino it saves the step of setting up the development tool chain. Documentation is thorough in the sense that you can get all of the tutorial examples working quickly. However once you attempt to develop a customized function, the process can slow down. For example I wanted to use a sensor that had functional Arduino code. It did not work as a direct port and I had to spend a few days debugging and sourcing help via the support forum. The forum response was fast and although I had to sort through the various suggestions, I did receive the solution. If I could make a suggestion to Particle it would be to add explicit instructions for Arduino code porting, i.e., which #include are required and importantly, understanding which target build is required.