Electronic kits for beginners

If you want to start dabbling in electronic construction there’s no better way to start than getting electronics kits for beginners. Like many, it was how I started. I was fascinated at how you could build projects with just a handful of electronic components.

Electronic starter kits

Here are the plus points.

  • There’s no soldering required.
  • ​Completing each project only takes a few minutes before you get to play with them.
  • ​All the components are included.
  • ​Just follow the instructions, it's like building Lego, well a bit like it.

These are for total beginners and are usually aimed at children. The components are usually fixed and you connect between them using wires or special connectors. The one I used to have had components fixed on a board and fixed to spring connectors. You just bent the spring over and inserted a bare wire end into it. When you let go of the spring it gripped the wire.

Here are the minus points.

  • ​It’s easy to outgrow these kits.
  • ​There’s not much you can do to expand on them.
  • The kits won’t be of much use once you progress.

There are still plenty of these types of kits available. The 30 in 1 Electronic Project Lab Kit is a particularly good one. Like I say I started with one of these kits and I defiantly recommend them. One definite thing that I would say about this type of kit is that the project books you get are excellent. You can tell that a lot of time and effort has gone into their writing. I particularly like building the radios and it certainly created an interest and career that has stood the test of time but in hindsight I think there are better options, especially for older children and adults.

As I was looking for a kit to start my son off in electronic construction I had a further look around to investigate fully what is available with what I know now.

Electronic breadboard kits

Although they are electronic kits for beginners they also have a bit more scope with what you can actually achieve with them. They are also a more compact form of construction and more expandable.

Here are the plus points.

  • Again there’s no soldering you just plug components and wires into a board.
  • All the components are included.
  • ​Easy to expand on the projects.
  • You won’t outgrow the kit.

Even if you take up the hobby the breadboard and components will still be useful, I still use the breadboard for trying out circuits and ideas and many other constructors do the same. A breadboard will always come in handy for even the most experienced of electronic construction enthusiast. I’d even go so far to say it’s an essential piece of kit.

Here are the minus points.

  • Construction can take a bit longer.
  • It’s a bit more difficult to build the projects.
  • On the whole the provided books aren’t that good.

The kit I decided to get was the one shown below.

It’s available from little blue pigs on the amazon website.

The box.

Electronics kits for beginners the box

What you get inside.

Electronics kits for beginners box opened

One of the reasons I picked this particular kit is because of the breadboard. It comes with the standard MB – 102 model that is widely available. You can easily link as many of these together if you want. Some of the other kits I checked out didn’t have as good a breadboard. Some of them were smaller so not as useful as the MB - 102.

You also get a USB power supply module which is useful to provide a 5V supply.

You get plenty of components as you can see from the picture below.

Electronics kits for beginners components

I also like the lead pack that you get. These come with little plugs on the end, that work particularly well with breadboards.

Electronics kits for beginners leads
Electronics kits for beginners project book

The one thing that’s not really very good in this kit though is the included project book. It only contains three, not particularly inspiring projects. This in my opinion really lets this kit down. Fortunately there are plenty of circuits on the internet that you can use. Once you get more experienced you will learn how to construct many electronic circuits on a breadboard. How to build a circuit on a breadboard contains further information on this subject.

I would sooner get a kit with the features I have mentioned and a poor book though than one with a good book and poor components.

Although electronic kits for beginners will get you started there is no knowing where you will stop or indeed if you ever will. I’m now forty nine years old and have no signs of stopping. My initial fascination lead to a career and a hobby that I’ve spent many hours on. There is always something new to learn and you will realise just how clever some people are! I’m pretty glad that I had that kit that started me off.