Electronic projects for beginners

If you’re just learned how to soldering there’s nothing like a kit to get you going in the right direction. Getting some electronic projects for beginners will enable you to get something working quickly and easily. It doesn’t take long to learn to solder adequately and once you have a kit you have all the bits to actually make something that is really going to do something. Let’s face it we all remember soldering our first boards and connecting a battery up and throwing the switch for the first time. There’s really nothing like it.

  • Cost-You don’t want to spend too much money just in case it all goes horribly wrong. You may not be as good as you actually think you are. Seriously we’ve all been there. I thought I knew the lot once I got a basic knowledge. Electronic projects for beginners seemed a little too easy for me so I went for a kit that was beyond me. Looking back now I can’t believe all the mistakes I made.
  • Electronic projects for beginners that actually work - You also want the kits to be of a high quality and actually work. There’s nothing more frustrating than doing something right and it not working when it’s not your fault. Again a lot of people will have come across a kit and built it perfectly only to find something wrong like a wrong value component or incorrect instructions showing parts the wrong way round.
  • Electronic projects for beginners with a decent printed circuit board- The reason you want to get a kit with a good quality PCB is that having the silk screen printing means you can easily see where components go. It can be a bit hit and miss without this when you’re starting out. This makes it more like painting by numbers. Secondly I’ve seen kits with PCB’s that were so cheaply manufactured they actually had several places where tracks touched due to poor etching that had to be cut. This was the last thing I was expecting on an electronic project for beginners kit. I only noticed them because as I soldered the joint I noticed the solder creeping along the next track. This had to be rectified with a craft knife. Not the sort of thing you want to be doing as a beginner.

Satisfying those requirements are the Velleman MiniKits range (search link). Good, clear instructions, decent PCB’s and they work. I’ve mentioned this range before in Soldering project kits but I’ve picked out some even simpler ones here that defiantly fit in the electronic projects for beginner’s category. These kits contain transistors instead of IC’s.

The first kit is the Velleman MiniKits Sweethearts Flashing LED, Red. Just solder in the nine resistors and the two capacitors, making sure the capacitors are the correct way round. Then the two transistors, almost impossible to get the wrong way round and the LEDS. The PCB shows where the flat on the package is. All you have to do is pay attention and then get the battery leads the right way round.

You need to supply the nine volt battery but everything else is in the kit. You shouldn’t encounter any problems as long as you get the parts the right way round and in the right place. The board is quite small and so are the solder pads so don’t overheat the joints when you solder.

The second kit is the Velleman MiniKits 3D X-Mas Tree. Similar to the last kit make sure the capacitors are the right way round. The transistors are almost impossible to get wrong and the LED’s flat side is again marked on the board. I like the fact that the battery clips are soldered onto the board so there’s not any wiring. Once again battery not included.

The third and final kit that I have included is my favourite because it’s actually useful. It’s the Velleman MiniKits IR Remote Tester. As with most of the Velleman kits the board is good so you are halfway to building a successful project. Usefully this one contains an on/off switch on the PCB. It’s simple to assemble and when you’ve finished and connected a battery up (not included) you turn it on, position an IR remote control near to the sensor and press a button on it and you should so the projects LED’s flash

So there you go. Three kits, all suitable as electronic projects for beginners and costing around £5 each.