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Feb 16, 2012, 08:37 pm Last Edit: May 09, 2013, 08:48 am by Coding Badly Reason: 1
Hi all..

I'm a newbie to Arduino. Was always interested in Robotics but was too afraid that it would be very complicated to start off untill I started reading the first Arduino Book.

In 3 days I'm almost all the way through it and looks like having endless potential to create new things.

The the book lists the required stuff and suggests to start off with Arduino Uno.

I have been looking around and found several kits.. Original Arduinos and also clones.

My question is...

Since clones are fairly cheaper ... through your experience, are they worth purchasing after all? Or they give problems, including compatibility issues?

(reference to company selling counterfeit boards removed by moderator)

Is this a reliable brand name? Any complaints about them?

Kindly let me know so that I can start off buying some components to start up the hobby...

Thanks a lot,


First I would recommend getting a real Arduino. The quality is probably higher, and there is no guarantee of equal parts used in the clone.
Also the more funds Arduino group get, the more they can continue the project.

Clones are only available because they are made cheaper than what Arduino can do, They have probably tried to cut costs as much as possible ( components that may not be fit for normal retail sale / recycled components ).

On the other hand: I have a Mega & UNO which I thought was real ( ebay guy said they where real ), but are not. I haven't noticed anything wrong with them yet. But was disappointed when I discovered they are clones. Explains why I only paid $43 for both.

That kit seems pretty good. ( $49 AUD ), although the sensor shields seem like an overkill, but useful if you don't have a solder-less breadboard.

James C4S

Don't over analyze what kit is best.  Just look for one that sounds cool to you and get it.  It is the start of your collection of electronics bits.  You can always add more later.
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get an arduino, get a good resistor assortment pack, 500 count or better, get a pile of 100nf caps (code 104 or 0.1uf) and some basic LED's, maybe some chips like a couple of 74HC595's, then go to the local thift store and get a 3$ VCR

the VCR will give you motors, piles of wire, buttons and random crap


Thanks to all for the suggestions...

I'll buy an Uno or possibly a Mega and find a value for money component pack to get me started.

The rest I'll collect slowly from parts as suggested, infact am already going through faulty hardware before throwing them away.

Its a good thing I work in an IT Department :)

Thanks again,

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