Picaxe in respect to Arduino

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Picaxe in respect to Arduino

[edit]Picaxe Vs. Arduino[/edit]

Recently, I ordered the picaxe 08M protoboard - an 8 pin microcontroller.
A little tip for those considering buying a picaxe: don’t.

I put Picaxe in respect to Arduino as there is no competition. Arduino is brilliant, picaxe, to me, isn’t.

There is next to no information on the internet on programming them.
Even the website has no information on the coding.

Here is how they compare:

User friendliness:

Arduino 1, picaxe 0.
There is lots and lots of online information for arduino, and none for
Picaxe. The whole system of arduino is simpler and more user friendly.


Arduino 0, Picaxe, 1.
Although arduino is cheap enough, picaxe is cheaper. £1.50 for the
microcontroller and £1.99 for the programming board. The let down
is the programming wire - £9.99. (prices based on 08M, all prices
exclude VAT).

Online support:

Arduino 1, Picaxe 0.
This forum, the referance page, the learning page, wikipedia, there is
loads and loads on arduino. Nothing on picaxe…


Arduino 1, Picaxe 0.
The arduino version of c++ is soo much more powerful than basic
language! It makes much more sense and has more features than


Arduino 1, Picaxe 0.
Apart from eBay, I only found the picaxe website that sold the miro
controllers. Loads of shops round the world sell arduino.


Arduino 0, Picaxe 1.
Picaxe has lots of different sized microcontrollers. Arduino only has
two. Altohugh the 28 pin atmega328 is big enough for most projects,
an 8 pin would be nice too.

Possible projects:

Arduino 1, Picaxe 0.
There is so much possible projects that you can build arduino!


Arduino 1, Picaxe 0.
If you’ve used arduino you will know how versatile it is - no
explanation needed.

Arduino 6,
Picaxe 2.
Hopefully this settled it. If anyone has anything to add (on either
side!), feel free!

{You’ll notice I used only 1 or 0. This makes it easier and fairer}

Picaxe as an huge forum just google picaxe forum.
There are Atmel micro-controllers ranging fro 8 pins to more than 100 just learn C and ditch the arduino thingie, or just use the arduino core, there is arduino cores for almost all atmel micro-controllers so its just a thing of knowing how to use google.
Then, usually projects based in that small picaxes can be replaced by discrete transistor, op-amps, resistor and some caps.

Check out the ATtiny. 8 pins and very cheap. About $2.50 US on average.


New score. Arduino 7, Picaxe 1.
(Price still a factor since you have to buy an Uno to program the ATtiny)

I was a picaxe user before I stumbled upon the Arduino site about 2 years ago. Actually the picaxe is a pretty nice platform, very low cost of entry, and a friendly helpful forum. The 08M chip is a real nice 8 pin solution for simple tasks, think of it as a programmable 555 chip. I don’t disagree with most of your assessments, however a few aren’t accurate. You can get picaxe chips at SparkFun and several other on-line sellers. As far as performance, they can never match an Arduino mostly because they utilize an on chip token basic interpreter which can never match compiled C/C++ code in resulting speed and code size.

So they are apples and oranges, and both have a place. However I made the switch to Arduino mostly because of it’s open source hardware/software nature, only later to find out how much more powerful it can be. Maybe more has to be learned/master for a newcomer but it’s worth the effort.


Horses for courses, if I were doing something that ran on batteries, the Picaxe 08M uses an insignificant amount of juice in comparison to an Arduino. But its also very limited in comparison to the power of an arduino. I like their little educational boards with darlington outputs, being able to switch 500mA without external circuitry is nice.

The atmega alone running in its internall osc, doesnt consume so much.

You can’t really compare based on the cheapest CHIP versus the Carrier Board approach used by Arduino.

A better comparison would be something like comparing the Arduino (Specifically LADYADA “Boarduino”) to Picaxe SM 28X2 Module.


I’ve recently received the 08M and realised that it is an ordinary PIC. I
found out a while ago that PICs can be programmed in C/C++, as well
as other languages. Added to things such as the suppliers, maybe I should
have researched more. Probably a rather biased post [smiley=huh.gif] [smiley=huh.gif]
As for the 8 pin atmega, lets just say I’m interested…

i personally like the arduino over the picaxe