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How to make your own Arduino Kit and save your $33

Make your own Arduino Starter Kit

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It is May, and we are assembling kits for our microcontroller course. So I thought I would share a list of the components and materials we used to make up their own Arduino Starter Kit.

On the other hand, there are a lot of premade Arduino Starter Kits available out there that you can start it by just now. However, we found that many of them had components which we did not need it.

We have provided you all the information that can help you in making your kits. However you can make your own arduino starter kit from the scratch if you don’t want to purchase from the market. Believe me it is not that hard.

What is Arduino & do I need special skills for it?

To begin with, Arduino is based on two parts: A hardware and software. Firstly, An Arduino microcontroller board that comes in hardware, and can be used to control lights, motors and relays. Secondly, IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that comes in software, and is used to create a sketch that you upload it on the board via printer cable.

In the same way, Arduino follows the simple pattern that we say “The Interactive Device.” Interactive device is an electronic circuit which is clever enough to read the environmental data with the help of components and sensors (convert environmental data into binary). People of all skills level can take advantage of Arduino platform.

Arduino-UNO
Arduino UNO board

You may be asking, Why Arduino UNO board? Arduino UNO makes your life easy in building the electronics projects. It is friendly and making a great platform for people who just starting out with electronics. You can easily start controlling lights, motors and relays with zero experience in electronics.

Why We Choose Arduino Starter Kit?

Arduino starter kit should be a good start for beginners and it can facilitates you in learning programming and building Arduino based projects. As you all know, Arduino is an open source software and hardware platform that allow you to use it as a free hand.

If you are beginner and have zero experience in building the electronics projects then our guide – Arduino family might help you selecting the right Arduino which you can use in most of your projects.

What projects you can do

If you like to play with complex components and love electronics. Well, you can make unique projects with the Arduino board. As you all know that Arduino board is a cheap and beginners, students and hobbyists have already made amazing projects with this board. A few projects you can make it with Arduino.

  1. Water level indicator
  2. Traffic light controller using arduino
  3. Blink LED
  4. Arduino weather station

What you will need?

Below are the components list you will need for your starter kit and all these components should come in under $40. These components are enough to understand the basics about programming and electronics.

  • 1 x Arduino

  • 1 x Breadboard

  • 1 x Printer Cable

  • 1 x Jumper wire kit

  • 1 x 1K ohm resistor

  • 1 x 10K ohm resistor

  • 3 x LED

Arduino UNO (R3)

Arduino-UNO-R3
Arduino UNO

Arduino UNO is by far the most used, and unique board among all the boards. The best thing about Arduino UNO is a flexible microcontroller, if you somehow burn the atmega328 (microcontroller) you can change it with the new one. You don’t need to buy the Arduino board again. It is good for the beginners, if you want to learn the basic programming. 

It has 20 digital input and output pins which are more than the original Arduno UNO board which provides you more area to play with. You can use these pins to interface with Arduino Shields and other circuits.

Breadboard

breadboard
Breadboard

You might have pictured a board which you chop vegetables on it, but it is a special board which allows you to test your components, prototypes and experiments with circuit design before you start soldering your components on a Vero board or on your PCB.

A solder less board has come in your life to make your easier. It comes in different sizes and can be attached two, three and more to make it one giant board.

Jumper wires

jumper-wires
Jumper wires

Jumper wires are extremely important when you are playing on a breadboard with some components in hand and trying to make a circuit from it. You will need jumper wires to connect two points. I will highly recommend you to use different colors of wires as it will help you in debugging and changing the right wire on time.

Different colors of jumper wires mean nothing, but these different color wires are to bring an ease in your life.

You can use one color wire in your circuit but it will be difficult to identify a mistake. Just like black color wire uses as a ground and red color wire uses as a power source. You can either use yellow for ground and black for power. It totally depends on you.

As you have now understood what is jumper wire? And why are they colored? Now you will learn about different types of jumper wires.

There are mainly three types of jumper wires which are used in the electrical world. Following are the types of jumper wire:

  1. Male-to-male

  2. Female-to-female

  3. Female-to-male

Resistors

resistors
Resistors

You cannot deny the importance of a resistor in an electrical network. A passive electrical component is a resistor whose basic function is to limit the flow of electrical current. Its resistance is measured in ohms.

For what purpose resistors are used in electrical circuits. A few examples like voltage divider, limit electrical current, control gains, etc.

Resistance value and tolerance can be measured through different colors embossed on resistors. These color stripes on resistors are called bands and resistors could be up to 6 color bands. If you are confused in between 1k Ohm resistor and 10K Ohm resistor then you can calculate it through color bands on it.

LED

led
LED

LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. You might have seen this in your appliances indicating on and off. In the same way, it plays an important role in Arduino Starter kit as well, you can control it through arduino. Also, Arduino has a built-in LED on 13 pin that is widely used to check the Arduino.

Printer Cable

printer-cable-for-arduino
Printer Cable

Most of the Arduino boards supports printer cable while a few boards support micro USB cable. You can use printer cable for two reasons: to transfer the code to Arduino and to power up the Arduino board.

Conclusion

In the meantime, I have provided you information about making your own starter kit rather than buying from the market.

You can get these components and material from amazon within a week and get started.

Let us know in the comment section what you have done with your arduino starter kits.

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