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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Apr 6, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I'm looking for opinions on what the best beginner electronics kit or
    lab based kit might be. I don't necessarily care if it is for adults
    or not, but I do want one with a well written guide and especially one
    where all the circuits described work.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. The Radio Shack ones work OK.
  3. And ask the supplier of such to attach an oldtimer who can to build them
    on first go without errors.

    Good hunting
  4. Augspies

    Augspies Guest

    I take it then that most basic circuit build schematics in these kits
    are flawed in some way?

    Tronix seems to be a decent kit for a decent price.
  5. I think that likely applies to schematics someone might find "somewhere",
    but I don't know if it applies to kits.

    But, a beginner is often faced with a lot of things. I think of the
    first time I tried to build something, and it never worked. It likely
    had a lot to do with my soldering ability (or lack thereof), but I didn't
    know enough whether the substitues I got at the store were suitable, or
    whether I wired the coil right (I followed the pictorial, but who knows
    whether the coil I bought matched what the article used), or even if I
    wired things right.

    The beginner often doesn't have the means of finding errors after they
    make them. This isn't the fault of the beginner, it's part of being
    a beginner. They can look at what they wired, and be "certain" it's right,
    while someone other than them with experience might spot something wrong
    right away. There can often be assumptions made in construction articles
    or kits that the beginner won't know about, again because they are beginners.
    WIth experience, you can look at a circuit and know what it's doing and
    immdiately make some guesses about what to try if it doesn't work, but
    the beginner hasn't gotten to that point.

    Of course, these early steps are the foundation for the later. The beginner
    has to stick with it long enough to get over those high first steps, and
    then it starts getting a lot easier.

  6. Kits-r-Us

    Documentation and Forum available online.
  7. Augspies

    Augspies Guest


    Thanks for the info. Yeah, I figure assumptions made by the designer
    of the kit are many times the
    greatest problem. I'll look into local electronics groups to help me
    if I run into one of these situations.

    I think I'm going to go with the Tronix kit. It seems basic enough
    and covers all the bases.

    If I get stumped I'll post.

    Thanks for the help.

  8. Augspies

    Augspies Guest

    Thanks those look good, but I'm an absolute beginner so I'm looking
    for something that will take me through all the basic theory with
    hands on lab style circuit building. I'll bookmark that site for when
    I have more understanding.

  9. Forrest M. Mims III wrote the RadioShack mini series bookslets.
    These have been assembled into one book, Getting Started in Electronics.
  10. I'd consider any of that series more of a terse reminder than
    something that walks one "through all the basic theory." Even the
    Basic Semiconductor Circuits book, which does point up parallel and
    series circuits with resistors and capacitors is rather rushed about
    things. However, his booklets would make an excellent source of
    circuits to ask about the design details, here.

    The Art of Electronics, 2nd ed., (and the student manual, which is a
    must-have addition as it covers details of design not well covered in
    the textbook) does more than many on this subject. But it's not for
    everyone, either. Very little can replace having access to someone
    who can help pass along mental models and ideas they've developed over
    time for thinking about things. Which is what I'd see this group as
    helping supplement.

    Hmm.... Makes me wonder if there should be a Wiki set up for
    electronics, where contributors provide explanations of every circuit
    under the sun and other contributors add, enhance, or correct the
    information over time so that the result gets better and better as a
    teaching resource over time. In addition, information on various
    parts and what is worthwhile knowing about them -- things like what
    makes a polypropylene cap worth it's size and cost, etc.

  11. There was an old book by Ladybug(?) Books called "Build your own transistor
    set" or similar. It took you stage by stage from a simple crystal set up to
    a two transistor set. My firm actually put kits together for this to sell
    along with the book but that was 30 years ago.

    I think I still have a copy somewhere.
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