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I am the Technical Support Manager at Sparkfun Electronics. If you have needed some help with your widget at Sparkfun, you have likely talked to me at one point or the other. I’m a tinkerer by nature. For as long as I can remember I have been taking things apart to see what was inside. I may not have known what made them work. But I knew that I loved all of the wires, and circuit boards, components that went into electronics. I am now beginning to understand what makes these things come to life. My experiments with electronics now range from wireless communication networks, to robotics. Competing in the international robotics competition, Robothon 2009 in Seattle Wa. I prepared two bots. 1 competing in both Line Follower, and Line Follower Obstacle. And the second in Mini Sumo (500Gram Class). The Line Follower robot took second place in the obstacle course. I don’t claim to be an expert of electronics. However, I have come across a fair share of information in my work at Sparkfun. And now I hope to pass this info on to you. Enjoy


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  • I’m so sorry to hear about the trouble that you have run into. I want to assure you that we will be happy to help you with this issue. You aren’t stuck with an $80 brick. Please contact us at techsupport@sparkfun.com and we’ll be happy to help. One of our technicians is testing a card now to see if we run into the same issues. This seems out of the ordinary as compared to the expected operation.

  • Hi, If you have not already contacted us directly, please contact techsupport @ sparkfun.com It sounds like you were accidentally shipped a roll of a different product. We’ll be happy to straighten that out for you.

  • http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/tutorial-arduino-and-the-msgeq7-spectrum-analyzer/

    Hi, Have you tried the code found in this tutorial? Since you have 2 units that are both acting incorrectly, it is likely a code error. Thanks

  • MAC

    Sorry guys, it’s not compatible with Macs at the time of this posting.

  • Hi! I hope that you can produce something. Unfortunately boards of this thickness aren’t very common. The chance of being able to find small batch services for this thin board may be harder than normal, or they may have a larger minimum order. You might communicate with OSH Park to see if they can run something. If you find something, please reply back here so that we can all know how it worked out!

  • It sounds like a faulty capacitor. C3 is before the regulator, so it wasn’t like a failure on the regulator, or even related to your voltage rating. We’d be happy to help you repair the board. Email me at techsupport@sparkfun.com and we’ll get you taken care of!

  • Not sure why you are still running into issues. We sent out a freshly programmed and tested unit for your replacement. It passed all tests and programming here. We’ll keep working with you over email to figure this out and get you up and running!

  • They would not be bright enough for that. Sorry. You might try these, https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12014 The power supply in a thing o matic is easy enough to pull some 12V power lines from

  • Hi, Considering that relay can push 8 amps, you might have a time when a heat sink is needed. However the heat sink you are looking at is not specifically designed for this relay. It may work fairly well, but when the datasheet mentions the optional accessory heat sink, the one you are looking at is not that specific part. It is simply a universal sink that works in most scenarios. I hope that helps!

  • If you are experiencing power issues with your Iracer, it may have a battery that has been drained below the proper level.

    What you need to do is to take 5V (can be pulled from the charger) and apply it to the battery terminals directly in order to jumpstart the LiPo’s protection circuit. After doing this for about 5-10 times with a second delay between each time, I would try charging the i-Racer again. What you are doing is trying to “jump” start the battery again so it can hold a charge. The protection circuit on the board believes that the battery is dead, and jumpstarting it resets the protection circuit. This has been found to fix a number of Iracers power issues.

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