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tonyzheng

Hi!

I just decided to start learning Arduino. However, the official starter kit is kind of expensive for me.

Is the starter kit worth the price for a starter? Or should I get other stuff to start with? My budget is around 100 bucks.

JimboZA


My budget is around 100 bucks.


Many countries refer to their currencies as "bucks" but I assume you mean USD? Well this adafruit kit will leave you enough to get this meter
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tonyzheng



My budget is around 100 bucks.


Many countries refer to their currencies as "bucks" but I assume you mean USD? Well this adafruit kit will leave you enough to get this meter


Sorry. I meant US dollars. Thanks for the suggestion

CrossRoads

This set has a lot of stuff too
http://yourduino.com/sunshop2/index.php?l=product_detail&p=395
We donated 2 sets to our local charter school along with copies of our book.
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tonyzheng


This set has a lot of stuff too
http://yourduino.com/sunshop2/index.php?l=product_detail&p=395
We donated 2 sets to our local charter school along with copies of our book.


Thanks!

Paul__B

Latter kit seems to have more functional modules.

The other has a batter snap and connector.  Note that you should not use a "PP3" small 9V battery, but a holder for six "AA" batteries which they do not include.  Just mentioning!  :D

tonyzheng


Latter kit seems to have more functional modules.

The other has a batter snap and connector.  Note that you should not use a "PP3" small 9V battery, but a holder for six "AA" batteries which they do not include.  Just mentioning!  :D



Thanks! Could you explain to me why?

JimboZA

They have very little capacity: they can't provide 9V at much current or maybe more important, for very long. Rather, 6x1.5 gives you a far better 9V source of current that lasts much longer.
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MichaelMeissner


They have very little capacity: they can't provide 9V at much current or maybe more important, for very long. Rather, 6x1.5 gives you a far better 9V source of current that lasts much longer.

Assuming the thing can run on 7.2 volts, I would tend to use 6 Nimh rechargeable batteries, which give out 1.2 volts for most of the run time, and since the batteries are rechargeable, you just pop them into a charger.  Use 8 AA batteries if you need more voltage (9.6v).

I tend to like batteries meant for charging cell phones that provide 5v via the USB port, as long as you don't want to power servos or motors.

Andres32

I had the same question. Useful thread :)

tonyzheng


I had the same question. Useful thread :)


I'm glad this thread helped not just myself

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