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Blinky electronic DIY PCB soldering kit using the 555 timer IC (AW T1 Blinky solder kit)
This kit is produced by BinarySpace in partnership with PiShop.

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They meet every Thursday night at 19:30. For more information go join the Mailing list and also check out their Facebook Page :)

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Welcome to the world of electronics. This kit is for a 555 a-stable multi vibrator. Or flip-flop for short.
The 555 timer ic has been a popular part of electronics since 1972 and it is still going strong today!

Read and understand the instructions first before you start soldering!

It is important for you to first identify the components and familiarize yourself with the printed circuit board (PCB) before you start to solder. Some components must only be installed in a certain way, and will not work if installed the wrong way around. These components are called “polarized” and care should be taken with their orientation.

What you will need(not included in this kit)

Your soldering gear.
A 9V battery to power your project.

And now for the good stuff....

1. The PCB





The pcb is the component that all the other components will be soldered to. It creates the frame for the project.
The components must be inserted from the side with the component values printed on it.
The printing is called silkscreen and it will also show you the correct placement of parts.

2. Resistors


Resistors can be installed in any orientation. Resistors have different values that are represented by colour bands. The colours are read from left to right with the silver or gold band to the right. Identify the resistors and place them in the pcb as shown by the silkscreen by bending the leads and
pressing the resistors flush with the pcb.

R1 = Brown, black, red, gold. = 1 k Ω
R2 = Brown, black, orange, gold. = 10 k Ω
R3, R4 = Yellow, violet, brown, gold. = 470 Ω ( * 2)

3 Integrated circuit (ic):



The ic is the heart of the circuit. Note that the ic has a little indentation or notch on one side; this shows the orientation of how the ic should be inserted into the pcb. Line the notch on the ic up with the notch on the silkscreen marked 555. You might have
to bend the legs of the ic slightly inwards in order to have them fit.

4 Light emitting diodes (LED):



The LED’s will be the eyes of our ghost. Care should be taken with their orientation as they are polarized. LED’s have two ways of showing us the polarization, a “cut out” in the LED and a difference in leg lengths. If a LED is placed the wrong way it
will simply not light up. Insert the LED’s with the cut out and short leg pointing towards the 555 ic into the eyes of the ghost.

5 Capacitor:


A capacitor is also polarized. When a capacitor is placed in the wrong orientation it might explode! There are also two ways we are shown the polarization: a white line on the side and a shorter leg. This is negative. The silkscreen on the pcb shows a positive and a white block. Make sure the shorter leg, close to the stripe on the capacitor, goes into the hole with the white block and the
long leg goes into the hole marked + in position C1.

6 Power:



Connect the red wire in position “PWR +” and the black wire in position “PWR –“ and you are all done!

Schematic:


Tips and tricks:


a) Solder the components in the order they were described to you, the “lowest” component to the “highest” component. This will help keep them in place. b) Bend the leads of the components “outwards” a bit, in order to help hold them in place.
c) Wipe the tip of the iron on a wet sponge every time you take it to solder.
d) Place the tip of the iron on the pad of the pcb against the component lead, wait half a second and then add the solder wire.
e) Do not add too much solder wire at a time, feed the wire slowly till you see the pad has enough solder

Soldering irons are hot so be very careful!

R62.90  Inc VAT
Tracking Robot Car Electronic DIY Kit With Reduction Motor (1D1 DIY track robot kit)


Tracking Robot Car Electronic DIY Kit With Reduction Motor





The assembly steps:


Step 1: Welding circuit

Soldering part is simpler, welding sequence according to the principle of component level from low to high, the first welding eight resistance, is important to use multimeter to confirm resistance is correct, D4, D5 R13 R14 can temporarily not welding, integrated circuit chips can temporarily not inserted

Step 2: Mechanical assembly

The red line is connected to the 3V positive power supply, the yellow line grounding, excess wire can be used for motor wire.

Step 3: The installation of a photoelectric circuit

Photosensitive resistance and light-emitting diodes (note polarity) is reverse-mounted on the PCB, and the ground distance is about 5 mm, both photosensitive resistance and light-emitting diodes are 5 mm distance. Finally, you can power test.

Step 4: Vehicle debugging

The right direction is along the universal wheel direction, if you press and hold the left photoresistor, the wheels on the right side of the car should be rotated. Press and hold the right photoresistor, the wheels on the left side of the car should be rotated, if the car driving back, can also exchange the wiring of two motors, if the one side normal and the other side back up, as long as you can swap wiring of back side.

Note: We don't supply any manuals please note this before you buy it.

Package includes:

1 x Electronic DIY Kit (batteries are not included)





R179.90  Inc VAT
School Educational My First Circuit Kit (2C3 My first circuit kit)
Specifications:
Color: Green
Material: Plastic
Battery: 2 X AA Battery (Not included)
Switch Size: (L)X(W) 71mm X 32mm(appr.)
Battery Holder Size: (L)X(W) 80mm X20mm(appr.)
Bulb Holder Size: (L)X(W) 71mm X32mm/(appr.)
 
Features:
 
1. Assisting teachers and parents in better physics teaching
2. Enrich children's leisure life, cultivate hands-on ability, and consolidate knowledge
3. Let kindergarten children and elementary school students learn physical knowledge by forming a simple circuit, series circuit, parallel circuit
 
Package includes:
4 X Bulbs
1 X Switch
2 X Bulb Holders
6 X Conductive Lines
2 X Battery Holders (Battery Not Included)
R89.90  Inc VAT
Geekcreit® Christmas Tree LED Kit 3D DIY Electronic Learning Kit Three Colours (2C3 christmas tree kit)
This is a DIY kit. Soldering is required.

The CTR-30 flashing Christmas tree kit consists of three circuit boards, allows 36 LED to flash alternately, showing a Christmas tree a three-dimensional profile (We don't have to mention that it looks better in the dark).

Features:

Kit Model: CTR-30C (Colourful light)
Operating voltage: USB DC4.5-5V
Power supply: USB charger (The adapter is not included, only the USB cable)
Dimensions: 60mm x 60mm x 135mm (L x W x H)

Instructions available at this link

Package includes:

1 x Christmas Tree LED Flash Kit
R119.90  Inc VAT
Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit (1A2 KT USB lamp kit)
Product Description

Build a computer desk lamp or ornament using this simple board. The board takes power from a USB port and the light can be turned on / off with the on board switch.

Features:

  • Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit.
  • The Colour Changing LED slowly cycles through a range of colours.
  • The board takes power from a USB port and the light can be turned on / off with the on board switch.

Contents:

  • 1 x USB Power Cable, 1m.
  • 1 x PCB Mount Slide Switch.
  • 1 x Colour Changing (Rainbow) LED.
  • 1 x zero Ω Resistor.
  • 1 x USB Lamp PCB.

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 44mm.
  • PCB Width: 16.5mm.

Requires:


Resources:


Note:

  • This kit requires soldering.
R73.90  Inc VAT
Rear Bike Light Project Kit (1B6 KT bike kit)
Product Description

This easy build bike light kit has just ten parts, making it a good introduction to electronics. The kit uses two ultra bright red LEDs, which flash rapidly, providing a highly visible light. Making it ideal for use as a rear bike light.

Alternatively it can be used as a night safety product or flashing eyes.

Features:

  • Easy build kit making a great introduction to electronics.
  • Great visibility for night time safety.

Contents:

  • 1 x 2xAA Battery Cage with Leads.
  • 2 x 470K Resistor.
  • 1 x 33R Resistor.
  • 2 x Capacitor, Electrolytic, 16V, 10uF.
  • 2 x BC547 NPN Transistor.
  • 2 x Red 5mm Water Clear LED - 30deg - 1000mCd.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 48.5mm.
  • Width: 25.5mm.

Requires:


Resources:


This easy build bike light kit has just ten parts, making it a good introduction to electronics. The kit uses two ultra bright red LEDs, which flash rapidly, providing a highly visible light. Making it ideal for use as a rear bike light.

Alternatively it can be used as a night safety product or flashing eyes.

Caution:

  • This is an educational kit and should be used in conjunction with a commercially available bike light.
R59.90  Inc VAT
LED Torch Kit With Battery (1B6 KT torch kit)
Product Description

The LED torch uses a white 5000mCd ultra bright LED. Power is supplied by an N size 12 volt battery, which is included in the kit. The torch comes complete with a slide on off switch.

With just four parts the kit makes a great introduction to electronics.

Features:

  • Easy build torch kit makes a great introduction to soldering.
  • Ultra bright torch.

Contents:

  • 1 x N Size Holder.
  • 1 x N Size 12V Battery.
  • 1 x White 5mm Water Clear LED - 15deg - 5000mCd.
  • 1 x 680R Resistor.
  • 1 x PCB Mount Slide Switch.
  • 1 x White LED Torch Project Kit PCB

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 79.5mm.
  • PCB Width: 15mm.

Video on this kit and Ohms law available at https://youtu.be/3MRZxwRRpEk

Requires:


Resources:




R69.90  Inc VAT
Light Activated Switch (1B6 T2 KT light switch)
Product Description

This light activated kit is also available as a temperature activated project kit. The output of this board can be used to control other electronic circuits, turning them on automatically when it goes light or dark.

The board has space for an LED with current limit resistor (both available separately) which will light when the output turns on.

The Darlington pair transistor configuration allows an output current of up to half an amp to be controlled. Operating voltage 3V to 12V (lower voltages allow for better adjustment of the switching point).

Features:

  • This Light Switch Kit detects the brightness of its surroundings using an LDR.
  • The kit acts as an automated on/off switch (light dependable) for many devices.

Contents:


Possible applications include:

  • Garden light that switches on automatically at night.
  • Draw alarm, which sounds when a dark draw is opened.
  • Line following robot (using 2 light activated boards).

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 53mm.
  • PCB Width: 25.5mm.

Requires:


Resources:

Note:

  • This kit requires soldering.
R49.90  Inc VAT
Easy Build Timer Project Kit (1B6 KT timer kit)
Product Description

With its low part count this easy build timer project makes a good introduction to electronics. The timer uses a resistor capacitor network to provide a time delay of between 1 second and 4 minutes, which is set by the PCB mount variable resistor. When the button is pressed the LED changes from red to green, then at the end of the time interval it turns red.

Features:

  • Easy build timer kit.
  • When the time set has been reached the LED changes colour.
  • The time delay can be adjusted via the variable resistor.

Contents:

  • 1 x 2AA Battery Cage.
  • 1 x 47Ω Resistor.
  • 2 x 10KΩ Resistors.
  • 1 x 1MΩ Potentiometer.
  • 1 x Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10V, 1 mF.
  • 1 x BC558 PNP Transistor.
  • 1 x Tri colour 5mm diffused LED - 650mCd.
  • 1 x 6mm PCB Mount Tactile Switch 9.5mm Height.
  • 1 x Easy Build Timer PCB

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 54mm.
  • PCB Width: 26mm.

Requires:


Resources:

Note:

  • This kit requires soldering.
R69.90  Inc VAT
Coin Cell Power Board Kit (1B6 T2 KT cell power kit)

This simple kit offers a compact alternative to using two AA batteries.

The coin cell holder takes a CR2032 cell, which is included. There is a small on / off switch and pads with strain relief to take power from the board.

Coin cells can deliver about 20mA continuous current which is enough to power several of our kits such as the bike light and easy build timer.

This kit is supplied as a pack of parts and requires soldering.

PCB dimensions: 43.5mm x 28mm.

Click here to download the essential information.


R49.90  Inc VAT
Air Freshener Kit (1B5 KT fan kit)
Product Description

This kit uses a silent low current motor to spin a fan, making it perfect to circulate air through an air freshener containing potpourri or it can be used to move a light weight buggy. The electronics take no power in standby and when the switch is pressed the motor spins for up to 100 seconds. This time is adjustable via the on board variable resistor.

Features:

  • Silent motor.
  • Adjustable timer.

Contents:

  • 1 x Battery Holder With Leads (2x AA).
  • 1 x 1K Resistor 5%.
  • 1 x 1M resistor.
  • 1 x PCB Trimmer 1M POT.
  • 1 x 16V 220uF Electrolytic Capacitor.
  • 2 x BC547 NPN Transistor.
  • 1 x Miniature Push to Make Switch, Red.
  • 1 x Low Inertia Solar Motor - 1820 RPM.
  • 1 x 55mm White Four Blade Miniature Impeller.
  • 0.5m Connecting Wire.
  • 1 x Air Freshener PCB.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 46mm.
  • Width: 28mm.

Requires:

Resources:

This kit is supplied in a grip seal bag.


R99.90  Inc VAT
Heat Activated Switch (1B6 KT heat switch kit)
Product Description

This temperature activated project kit is also available as a light activated project kit. The output of this board can be used to control other electronic circuits, turning them on automatically when it goes hot or cold.

The board has space for an LED with current limit resistor (both available separately) which will light when the output turns on.

The Darlington pair transistor configuration allows an output current of up to half an amp to be controlled. Operating voltage 3V to 10V (lower voltages allow for better adjustment of the switching point).

Features:

  • The Temperature Switch Kit detects the temperature of its surroundings using a thermistor.
  • The kit acts as an automated on/off switch (temperature dependent).

Contents:

  • 1 x 47KΩ Potentiometer.
  • 2 x BC337 NPN Transistors.
  • 1 x Thermistor.
  • 1 x 220Ω Resistor.
  • 1 x Heat Activated Switch PCB

Possible applications include:

  • Babies bath over temperature indicator.
  • Automatic fan.

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 53mm.
  • PCB Width: 25.5mm.

Requires:


Resources:


Note:

  • This kit requires soldering.
R53.90  Inc VAT
Steady Hand Terminal Project Kit (C1 KT steady hand kit)

Product description:

This easy build steady hand game kit requires no soldering. Terminal blocks are used to connect the battery pack, buzzer, game loop and wire, such that when the loop touches the wire the buzzer sounds.

Features:

  • Requires no soldering.
  • Steady hand loop game.

Contents (per kit):

  • 1 x 2xAA Battery Cage with Leads.
  • 1 x 60cm length Extra Flexible Wire, Black.
  • 1 x 1m length Solid Core Cable.
  • 1 x 10cm length Black Heat Shrink, 2.4mm.
  • 4 x Terminal Block.

Requires:

  • 2 x AA Batteries.

Resources:

R64.90  Inc VAT
Alarm Project Kit (KT alarm kit)
Product Description

This kit can be used to make a shed or room alarm when mounted on the top of a door, drawers or any other object with a moveable opening. It can also be used by replacing the micro switch with a magnetic door contact.

A micro switch acts as a trigger mechanism and is armed / disarmed by a separate sliding switch. The door's movement is detected by a micro switch mounted onto a door or object with a lid. A timer provides an entry delay during which the system can be disarmed by the slide switch, whilst a separate timer silences the alarm after two minutes. Both of these timers are implemented via a 556 dual timer IC.

The alarm can be further enhanced by using a simple key switch for arming / disarming or by replacing the micro switch with a magnetic door contact switch to activate it. The board, battery pack & buzzer can be placed into a box designed by the student.

Features:

  • Can be enhanced with a key switch to arm/disarm.
  • Can be enhanced by replacing the micro switch with a magnetic door contact switch.
  • Entry delay for disarming.

Contents:

  • 1 x PP3 Battery Clip Lead (Heavy Duty).
  • 1 x 4xAA Battery Cage with Clip.
  • 1 x Miniature DPDT Slide Switch.
  • 1 x NE556 Dual Timer IC.
  • 1 x IC Socket 14 Pin.
  • 1 x Piezo Buzzer (with Drive).
  • 4 x Capacitor, Ceramic, 50V, 10nF.
  • 2 x 100uF Cap Low Leakage.
  • 3 x 10KΩ Resistor.
  • 1 x 220KΩ Resistor.
  • 2 x 1.2MΩ Resistor.
  • 1 x Micro Switch with Medium Lever.
  • 1 x Red 5mm Diffused LED - 275mCd.
  • 1 x 330Ω Resistor.
  • 1 x Alarm Project Kit PCB.

Possible applications include:

  • Adding an alarm to a cookie/biscuit tin.
  • Adding an entry alarm to a door.

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 51mm.
  • PCB Width: 41.5mm.

Requires:

  • 4 x AA Batteries.

Resources:


This kit is supplied in a simple grip seal bag.

Note: This is an educational kit and should not be used to secure anything of value.


R144.90  Inc VAT
Solar Garden Light with Battery (C8 KT garden light)
Product Description

Build you own DIY "Sun Jar" with our Solar Garden Light Kit. is an interesting project that uses sustainable energy to illuminate a white LED. During the day the solar panel charges an AA battery, then when it goes dark the board automatically switches from charging the battery to illuminating the LED.

The solar panel is resin encapsulated and therefore waterproof. You will need to make a waterproof enclosure for the rest of the parts. Alternatively the board has been shaped so that it will fit into an old jar.

Features:

  • Waterproof solar panel.
  • Automatically switches on when dark.

Contents:

  • 1 x Solar Cell (60mm by 60mm).
  • 1 x Rechargeable Battery 900mA/h.
  • 1 x 22ohm Resistor.
  • 1 x 330ohm Resistor.
  • 1 x 1Kohm Resistor.
  • 1 x 10Kohm Resistor.
  • 1 x 100Kohm Resistor.
  • 2 x 1nF Ceramic Disc Capacitor.
  • 1 x Wide White 5mm Water Clear LED.
  • 2 x BC337 NPN Transistor.
  • 1 x AA Battery Holder, PCB Mounting.
  • 2 x 470uH Inductors.
  • 1 x BAT41 Diode.
  • 0.5m Connecting Wire (For Solar Cell).
  • 1 x Solar Garden Light PCB.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 56mm.
  • Width: 44mm.

Requires:


Resources:

This kit is supplied in a grip seal bag.

R199.90  Inc VAT
Battery Tester Project Kit (T2 KT battery tester kit)
Product Description

This kit uses a single AA battery holder into which the user places a battery. LEDs then illuminate to show the remaining capacity of the battery. The circuit uses a quad operational amplifier to provide a reference voltage and comparators to determine which LEDs should go on. This makes it a great kit for studying operational amplifiers.

Testing of the kit can be performed using an adjustable power supply.

Features:

  • Displays battery charge level with 4 LEDs.
  • Great for showing how operational amplifiers work.

Contents:


Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 68.5mm.
  • PCB Width: 38mm.

Requires:

  • 4 x AA Batteries.

Resources:


This kit is supplied in a simple grip seal bag.

R96.90  Inc VAT
Relay Board (T1 KT relay kit)
Product Description

This is a versatile relay board kit that can easily be configured via jumpers and trimmer potentiometers to do a range of tasks.

Most sensor and switches can be connected to the input of the board and the trigger level set for the input device. This can be inverted if required, then there is the option to feed this straight to the relay or a timer of up to 25 minutes can be used. Irrespective of the state of the invert jumper whenever the sense LED goes from off to on the timer restarts.#

The board can run off any voltage from 4.5 to 6 volts.

The output cans switch DC or mains.

This datasheet details what the board does and how to use it along with some worked examples. A more detailed set of information including the build instructions & how to configure the kit can also be downloaded.

Click here to download the full teaching notes pdf_icon.gif

WARNING: Using mains electricity can be dangerous and should only be attempted by qualified electricians.

This kit includes:

  • 3 x 100Kohm resistors
  • 3 x 220ohm resistors
  • 1 x 47Kohm resistors
  • 1 x 1Mohmpotentiometer
  • 1 x 10Mohm potentiometer
  • 2 x 1N4001 diodes
  • 2 x 5mm red LEDs
  • 1 x 100uF capacitors, electrolytic
  • 1 x 4.7uF capacitors, electrolytic
  • 1 x 2N7000 n-channel FET
  • 2 x 2 way terminal blocks
  • 1 x 3 way terminal blocks
  • 1 x LM324 operational amplifier IC
  • 1 x 14 pin IC holder
  • 2 x 3 way pinstrip
  • 2 x Jumpers
  • 1 x Relay
  • 1 x Relay board PCB

PCB dimensions: 86.5mm x 49mm.

This kit is supplied as a pack of parts and requires soldering.

R159.90  Inc VAT
Deluxe Rear Bike Light Kit (KT deluxe bike kit)
Product Description

The Kitronik Deluxe Rear Bike Light Kit is easy to build kit and is an excellent way to learn about the very popular 555 timer IC. The kit uses four ultra bright LEDs that can be operated in two modes; constant and flashing.

A key design aim of the kit was that it should conform to all relevant British Standard measures. Both the flash rate and brightness conform to British Standards for vehicle road lighting (2005), making it ideal for use as a rear bike light. Alternatively, it can be used as a night safety product or flashing eyes.

During testing we connected the kit to 3 x AAA batteries and ran it continuously. At 80 hours of continuous use the LEDs were still lit at full brightness. After 107 hours, although still lit, the brightness had dropped below the level at which you would want to use them. So, we estimate that with brand new batteries you could comfortably run the light for 2 hours of daily commuting for at least an entire month with the LEDs still at full brightness.

Features:

  • An easy to build rear bike light project that conforms to British Standards for vehicle road lighting (2005) for both brightness and flash rate.
  • Learn about the very popular 555 timer IC.
  • The kit features 4 x bright LEDs.
  • It has two operating modes; continuous and flashing.
  • Its compact design makes it the ideal choice for designing custom enclosures.

Contains:


Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 52.6mm.
  • PCB Width: 37.6mm.
  • PCB Thickness: 1.6mm.

Video: https://youtu.be/KPPh7Nwa1ts

Requires:


Resources:

R104.90  Inc VAT
Electronics Kids School Science Educational 1st circuit Project (2C3 first basic circuit)
Features:

  • Enrich children's leisure life, cultivate hands-on ability, and consolidate knowledge.
  • Assisting teachers and parents in better physics teaching.
  • Let kindergarten children and elementary school students learn physical knowledge, hands-on to form a simple series circuit


Specifications:

  • Color: Green+Black (As Picture Show)
  • Material: Plastic
  • Battery: 2*AA Battery (Not included)

Package Contents:

1 x Bulb Holder
1 x Battery Holder
1 x Switch
1 x Bulb
1 x Conductive Line
(batteries not included)
R49.90  Inc VAT
DIY Solar Cell Experiment Educational Kids project (1A1 solar fan kit)
Details:

  • A simple solar power experiment kit. - After assembly, put it under the sunlight, the fan blade will rotate through solar energy consumption.
  • With this kit you can make an environmental friendly power supply for fan by your self.
  • Ideal toy aims for training teen's imagination and eye-hand coordination.
  • Ideal choice for developing teens' intelligence.
  • Dimensions: Approx.10*4cm
  • Power source: Solar energy

Tips:

1. Do not let your kids swallow it as it can cause suffocation.
2. Not suitable for kids under 14 years old.

Package Contents:

1 x Solar power experiment kit
R69.90  Inc VAT
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