Arduino Starter Kit with UNO Board - was £97.84 Now £35.56 @ Amazon (Prime Exclusive)
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Arduino Starter Kit with UNO Board - was £97.84 Now £35.56 @ Amazon (Prime Exclusive)

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Found 23rd Oct 2017
  • This kit walks you through the basics of Arduino and electronics in a hands-on way
  • You will be able to build 15 projects using components that let you control the physical world through different kinds of sensors and actuators.
  • Comes with a 170 page project guide book
  • Includes over 100 components

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Sounds like a good starter kit.
Cheaper than RRP, but not good value.
amazon.co.uk/dp/…c=1


These old Arduino's are a bit old hat now. You'd almost certainly be better off with a Raspi Zero and an add on kit.
I made the mistake of buying an Arduino Uno, but quickly got a NodeMCU.
bigbak6 m ago

Cheaper than RRP, but not good …Cheaper than RRP, but not good value.https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01D8KOZF4?psc=1These old Arduino's are a bit old hat now. You'd almost certainly be better off with a Raspi Zero and an add on kit.I made the mistake of buying an Arduino Uno, but quickly got a NodeMCU.

Are you sure what's wrong with an uno? And this looks like a good deal, a lot less than rrp?
Edited by: "UberPark" 23rd Oct 2017
Nice find Vas, heat!
I'm after a starter electronics kit, nothing too expensive, just a few projects I can work through. Any recommendations !
bigbak2 h, 3 m ago

Cheaper than RRP, but not good …Cheaper than RRP, but not good value.https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01D8KOZF4?psc=1These old Arduino's are a bit old hat now. You'd almost certainly be better off with a Raspi Zero and an add on kit.I made the mistake of buying an Arduino Uno, but quickly got a NodeMCU.


i have the kit you have linked and that is great value for money, i actually bought it for use on the pi as i felt that even without the actual uno was still good value for all the add ons and nodes.
UberPark2 h, 12 m ago

Are you sure what's wrong with an uno? And this looks like a good deal, a …Are you sure what's wrong with an uno? And this looks like a good deal, a lot less than rrp?



An ESP8266 (if you get the right version) is much better. A PI Zero better still.

If you want an Arduino, buy a Nano. It'll sit on your breadboard and could go in an enclosure.
Would this be suitable for my 6-8 years old to do (with me)? Or would it be too complex for them to follow?
stepea1 h, 28 m ago

I'm after a starter electronics kit, nothing too expensive, just a few …I'm after a starter electronics kit, nothing too expensive, just a few projects I can work through. Any recommendations !


Have a look at the Adafruit Circuit Playground. About £20 and includes lots of on-board sensors, LEDs and stuff.
If you're not sold already. Check out the video of the fruit based drum machine using this board (and a PC running a MIDI drum app)
Arduino is a great microcontroller, raspberry pi is a CPU board. They are different, with thier own advantages etc.
The 8266 and other boards are not Arduino, some have less pins, some libraries do not work on them yet. If you are a beginner, just get a kit like this with a proper Arduino, then when you are confidant , get the 8266 based board and above.
Since these things are so cheap, this isn't a luxurious recommendation
These are great! Perfect if electronics and programming interest you. They usually sell second hand on eBay for more than this!
Get yourself down to the Derby Mini Maker Faire instead.

makerfairederby.com/

You'll probably find that instead of spending 35 quid you can get into the world of electronics for much less.
PeteW51 m ago

Would this be suitable for my 6-8 years old to do (with me)? Or would it …Would this be suitable for my 6-8 years old to do (with me)? Or would it be too complex for them to follow?

It is if you are happy to just follow the projects but to understand the principles is a bit more complicated. Great little kit but are mainly paying for the projects book which is fantastic and walks you through it
All starter kits are aspirational. Great for budding minds whatever your age. You won't know if you like it or not until you try it.
abaxas4 h, 38 m ago

Get yourself down to the Derby Mini Maker Faire …Get yourself down to the Derby Mini Maker Faire instead.https://makerfairederby.com/You'll probably find that instead of spending 35 quid you can get into the world of electronics for much less.

That website is crap for mobiles, took me 3 clicks to find the date of the event... Share this event

Sat 28 October 2017
10:00 – 16:00 BST

Looks great though
can any of you knowledgable folk tell me which is the better deal?

(btw: these Arduino kits always come up on Black Friday I've noticed for the past 2 years)

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@vassy1 posted:
Arduino Starter Kit with UNO Board
£35.56 Amazon (Prime Exclusive)
amazon.co.uk/dp/…0A/


This kit walks you through the basics of Arduino and electronics in a hands-on way
You will be able to build 15 projects using components that let you control the physical world through different kinds of sensors and actuators.
Comes with a 170 page project guide book
Includes over 100 components

Product Description
This kit walks you through the basics of Arduino and electronics in a hands-on way. You will be able to build 15 projects using components that let you control the physical world through different kinds of sensors and actuators.

Once you have mastered this knowledge, you will have a palette of code and circuits to create something beautiful, and make someone smile with what you invent. So build, hack and share!

Projects you can make:

Get To Know Your Tools - an introduction to the concepts you'll need to use this kit
Spaceship Interface - design the control panel for your starship
Love-O-Meter measure how hot-blooded you are
Colour Mixing Lamp - produce any colour with a lamp that uses light as an input
Mood Cue - clue people in to how you're doing
Light Theremin - create a musical instrument you play by waving your hands
Keyboard Instrument - play music and make some noise with this keyboard
Digital Hourglass - a light-up hourglass that can stop you from working too much
Motorized Pinwheel - a coloured wheel that will make your head spin
Zoetrope create a mechanical animation you can play forward or reverse
Crystal Ball - a mystical tour to answer all your tough questions
Knock Lock tap out the secret code to open the door
Touchy-feel Lamp - a lamp that responds to your touch
Tweak The Arduino Logo - control your personal computer from your Arduino
Hacking Buttons - create a master control for all your devices!

Box Contains
1 x Arduino Projects Book (170 pages)
1 x Arduino UNO rev.3
1 x USB cable
1 x Breadboard
1 x Wood base
1 x 9V Battery snap
70 x Hard cables
2 x flexible cables
6 x Photoresistors
3 x Trimmer d10 kOhm
10 x Pushbutton
1 x Temperature sensors
1 x Tilt sensor
1 x LCD (16x2i)
1 x LED (white)
1 x LED (RGB)
8 x LED (red)
8 x LED (green)
8 x LED (yellow)
3 x LED (blue)
1 x CC motor 6/9V
1 x Servomotor
1 x Piezo
1 x H bridge
2 x photocoupler
5 x BC547
2 x IRF520
5 x 100nF capacitor
3 x 100uF capacitor
5 x 100pF capacitor
5 x 1N4007 diode
3 x Transparent jelly (rosso, verde, blu)
1 x Male strip connector (40x1)
20 x 220 Ohm resistor
5 x 560 Ohm resistor
5 x 1 kOhm resistor
5 x 4.7 kOhm resistor
10 x 10 kOhm resistor
5 x 1 MOhm resistor
5 x 10 MOhm resistor

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@bigbak posted:

Elegoo UNO Project Super Starter Kit with Tutorial for Arduino
£26.99
amazon.co.uk/dp/…ZF4

Size Name: A)Super
  • Free PDF tutorial(more than 22 lessons) and clear listing in a nice package
  • The most economical way to starting Arduino programming for those beginners who are interested
  • Lcd1602 module with pin header (not need to be soldered by yourself)
  • This is the upgraded starter kits with power supply module, 9V battery with dc
  • High quality kite with uno R3, 100 percent compatible with Arduino uno R3

Component listing:
1pcs UNO R3 Controller Board
1pcs LCD1602 Module ( with pin header)
1pcs Breadboard Expansion Board
1pcs Power Supply Module WARNING: Pls. do not use the voltage higher than 9V
1pcs Joystick Module
1pcs IR Receiver
1pcs Servo Motor (SG90)
1pcs Stepper Motor
1pcs ULN2003 Stepper Motor Driver Board
1pcs Ultrasonic Sensor
1pcs DHT11 Temperature and Humidity Module
1pcs 9V Battery with DC
1pcs 65 Jumper Wire
1pcs USB Cable
1pcs Active Buzzer
1pcs Passive Buzzer
1pcs Potentiometer
1pcs 5V Relay
1pcs Breadboard
1pcs Remote
1pcs Tilt Switch
5pcs Button (small)
1pcs 1 digit 7-segment Display
1pcs 4 digit 7-segment Display
5pcs Yellow LED
5pcs Blue LED
5pcs Green LED
5pcs Red LED
1pcs RGB LED
2pcs Photoresistor
1pcs Thermistor
2pcs Diode Rectifier (1N4007)
2pcs NPN Transistor (PN2222)
1pcs IC 74HC595
120pcs Resistor
10pcs Female-to-male Dupont Wire

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This is so awful, I hope nobody has gone for it.
Basically that's £10-15 worth of random electronics tat.

Go on eBay, look for the late night auctions from China and pick up everything in that list for pennies,
go to YouTube and watch all the clever people walking you through how to use it and they will give you all the code examples you need.

If you prefer books, there are a zillion e-books and pdfs out there that cover this topic,
as well as electronics forums and maker sites.
can you recommend some parts to pick up @horsey?

where is a good place to buy a genuine Arduino Uno? I read that the market is flooded with cheap imitations (is that true? does it matter?)

what parts from the kit would you recommend picking up. eg. Uno, breadboard, LEDs...
I'm assuming Maplin on the high street would be expensive for individual components?
I got my kids this for Christmas and they're whizzing their way through it. Anyone have any suggestions for additional kits that expand on this one? I'm guessing most the starter kits will duplicate much of what was in this kit.
stepea23rd Oct

I'm after a starter electronics kit, nothing too expensive, just a few …I'm after a starter electronics kit, nothing too expensive, just a few projects I can work through. Any recommendations !


It depends how basic you want to make it - if you want to work with discretes there are many tutorials on line and you will get change out of a fiver. Arduino tutorials officially are £30 for the kits - all the documentation you will need is on their official site. (You can get cheaper clone boards and kits, however I recommend supporting them by buying an official board).
ESP8266 is a slightly more advanced block building entry into electronics and then you have Raspberry Pi and Beagle boards, which are more advanced again (I can't recommend the Pi Zero as a lot of the projects require a full Pi board to work). There are thousands if not more of resources out there - mainly all free, Google is your friend!
Try Instructables for inspiration - or even YouTube!
I only wish I was starting to learn now - back in my day you had to post a physical letter to the manufacturer to obtain a data sheet! All the information was hard to come by and required a lot of time & effort to work through - now you can type a part number into Google and within seconds you can have the data sheets example schematics and projects and order the parts online. (Heck you can even send the schematic to a company and have them design and complete your board for you!)
PeteW3 h, 47 m ago

I got my kids this for Christmas and they're whizzing their way through …I got my kids this for Christmas and they're whizzing their way through it. Anyone have any suggestions for additional kits that expand on this one? I'm guessing most the starter kits will duplicate much of what was in this kit.


Get a pack of sensors and things also LCD screens.. maybe a servo or two shouldn't cost much but it'll let the kids imagination go wild!. After all that's what's it's all about.

You may have to help with LCD screens but other than that it should be ok.

Remember the internet is there for you... Failing that ask!.
But try and get bits that are easy to use and have been used elsewhere and existing code exists.

Adapting existing code is still a valid way to learn and get up and running.

There are visual graphical programming interfaces for Arduinos now as well like xod.

xod.io

Let us know how you get on!
Edited by: "polarbaba" 1st Jan
esp8266 nodemcu and a 1.3 oled i2c screen are great fun.
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