Pro Mini ATMEGA328P 5V/16M Improved Version Module For Arduino £1.75 @ Banggood
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Pro Mini ATMEGA328P 5V/16M Improved Version Module For Arduino £1.75 @ Banggood

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Found 8th Oct 2015
Not a deal for everyone, but for those that like to do maker projects then this is nice and cheap.

It's the cheapest Arduino Pro Mini compatible board that I've used and it appears well made and all components are soldered on straight.

It comes with pins non-soldered, which is great if you want to have a smaller board and it's easy to solder the supplied pins if you need to pop it on a breadboard.

The spec is standard AVR 328P with following deets:
14 digital input/output port RX and TX, D2 ~ D13
8 analog input port A0 ~ A7
1 pair of TTL level serial port transceiver port RX / TX
6 PWM port, D3, D5, D6, D9, D10, D11
Using Atmel Atmega328P - AU microcontroller
Support serial download
Support for external 3.3 V ~ 12 V dc power supply
Support 9v battery powered
16 MHZ clock frequency
Size: 33.3 x 18 mm

You can do so much with these nowadays, even able to output VGA signals with audio to do little retro games. Documentation is amazing for these too - they are very easy to get in to if you want to.
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Cheap deal for a clone, banggood shipping poor these days. My last two auduino orders were almost 4 weeks ago and no sign of arriving yet despite supposed airmail so not voting.
I've been using nanos for about £1.50 off ebay, saves messing with serial adapters and not much bigger in size
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Am gonna post a nano deal soon. I agree with ease of use, but I like the smaller form factor of the mini.

And I actually just use my uno to program them as my Mac is crap with the serial interface.

Got some attiny85-based deals to post too. They've all got so cheap since the old days.
Edited by: "thekanester" 9th Oct 2015
Every time I see something like this on banggood I think it seems so cheap then I check out eBay and they are cheaper there. I can see them for £1.01 on eBay but no idea on quality, I guess rejects at that price - wonky components guaranteed!

WRT using your Mac have you looked at mac-usb-serial.com? Was thinking of giving their driver a go myself as some of my boards aren't recognised.
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timefortea

Every time I see something like this on banggood I think it seems so … Every time I see something like this on banggood I think it seems so cheap then I check out eBay and they are cheaper there. I can see them for £1.01 on eBay but no idea on quality, I guess rejects at that price - wonky components guaranteed! WRT using your Mac have you looked at mac-usb-serial.com? Was thinking of giving their driver a go myself as some of my boards aren't recognised.



I've no idea about the ebay ones in terms of quality. I'd certainly give them a punt at that price. I've not check the website you suggested - I'd been faffing around with kext files and had some success in the past, but it's a total pain. I've use my desktop PC now, but it's not as convenient to wire stuff up, 'cos it's in the corner. I'll certainly check out the site you suggested to see if it's useful. Cheers.
decto

Cheap deal for a clone, banggood shipping poor these days. My last two … Cheap deal for a clone, banggood shipping poor these days. My last two auduino orders were almost 4 weeks ago and no sign of arriving yet despite supposed airmail so not voting.



they have faster shipping times on the EU version of the site (usually under a week)

eu.banggood.com - but prices are sometime a little higher, and not as large stock range.
- much cheaper than the UK though !
Edited by: "mikerr" 13th Oct 2015
the ebay mini's are fine. I have had loads, I usually get them from ebay.com as they are slightly cheaper still

the ones exactly the same as the ones in this deal are only £0.99 delivered and seem to arive much faster than BG ebay.co.uk/itm…081
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dtokez

the ebay mini's are fine. I have had loads, I usually get them from … the ebay mini's are fine. I have had loads, I usually get them from ebay.com as they are slightly cheaper still :)the ones exactly the same as the ones in this deal are only £0.99 delivered and seem to arive much faster than BG http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pro-Mini-Atmega168-Module-5V-16M-For-Arduino-Compatible-Nano-Replace-Atmega328-A-/141770600081



Thanks for that. I never knew they were so cheap on ebay...I really should have looked.
thekanester

Thanks for that. I never knew they were so cheap on ebay...I really … Thanks for that. I never knew they were so cheap on ebay...I really should have looked.




No worries, I always check ebay, things seem to be cheaper than BG, don't know why though, when BG are trying to get into drop shipping
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dtokez

No worries, I always check ebay, things seem to be cheaper than BG, don't … No worries, I always check ebay, things seem to be cheaper than BG, don't know why though, when BG are trying to get into drop shipping



I guess their overheads are larger. Perhaps if you buy in enough bulk it would get that cheap.
thekanester

I guess their overheads are larger. Perhaps if you buy in enough bulk it … I guess their overheads are larger. Perhaps if you buy in enough bulk it would get that cheap.



yeah sounds about right, but pretty much 75% extra for overheads, and no ebay fees to pay? Not sure what they are up too
what can you use to power these? Is it easy? I'm just learning and always end up just using the uno because it has the battery connector on board, but I'd like to make my projects smaller. I wish they just came with micro USB!
frootloops

what can you use to power these? Is it easy? I'm just learning and always … what can you use to power these? Is it easy? I'm just learning and always end up just using the uno because it has the battery connector on board, but I'd like to make my projects smaller. I wish they just came with micro USB!



​It has an on-board regulator so you can supply it with up to 12v via the RAW pin.


​It has an on-board regulator so you can supply it with up to 12v via the … ​It has an on-board regulator so you can supply it with up to 12v via the RAW pin.


thanks for that. So could just hook up a 9v battery to raw/gnd?
frootloops

thanks for that. So could just hook up a 9v battery to raw/gnd?



yes
I prefer a Nano, bought a few off eBay China for £0.99 each.☺
Nodemcu witty is about £6 from uk ebay sellers
ive got mine sending me emails if the button is pressed.
has 2 micro usb ports one for programming and one for power, so you can power from a micro usb power bank. Has a 3 colour rgb led onboard.
You can programm using arduino software, you just need to install the esp8266 driver into your arduino software, which is explained in web.
has wifi so uses are endless

http://www.cnx-software.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/RGB_Thermistor_ESP8266.jpg

http://g03.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1hmUjKVXXXXXRaXXXq6xXFXXX3/ESP8266-serial-WIFI-Witty-cloud-Development-Board-ESP-12F-module-MINI-nodemcu.jpg



Edited by: "lumsdot" 15th Jun 2016
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lumsdot

Nodemcu witty is about £6 from uk ebay sellersive got mine sending me … Nodemcu witty is about £6 from uk ebay sellersive got mine sending me emails if the button is pressed.has 2 micro usb ports one for programming and one for power, so you can power from a micro usb power bank. Has a 3 colour rgb led onboard.You can programm using arduino software, you just need to install the esp8266 driver into your arduino software, which is explained in web.has wifi so uses are endless



Nice spot. I've already got a couple of esp8266s and a nodemcu, although I haven't used them as much as I really would have liked to. Amazing bits of hardware for the price. I've not seen this particular configuration, but I'll take a look at it now. Cheers.

p.s. from the pictures, it also looks like it's got a photo-diode, so you could make a wifi garden light!

Edited by: "thekanester" 15th Jun 2016
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