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    I've been reading some self-teaching books on electricity, and I'd like to supplement the book-learning with some hands-on experiments. I think a breadboard and some basic circuit components would be great to dabble with, but I can't seem to find any boards at my local retailers. Does anyone have a recommendation for a student-level kit or anything that might be useful in solidifying what I've learned?


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    I seem to remember prototype boards called bimboard or s-dec, Boss.


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    Haven't you got any electronics retailers where you live? Somewhere like Maplins or Farnell (UK) or radioshack (States). You can get a breadboard and a handful of components from there. If not, use ebay.

    I recommend getting a small tool kit, including wire cutters, wire strippers, and needle nose pliers. I have one from Rapid electronics. Also a multimeter, some single core wire, a pack of resistors (e.g. E12 range), pack of ceramic capacitors, pack of electrolytic capacitors, and probably some diodes. As you read further you can start to buy more stuff like transistors/IC's. You'll also want some 9V batteries, until you buy/build your own power supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bit4bit
    Haven't you got any electronics retailers where you live?
    I have several small Radioshacks in my area, they offer the components (resistors, led's, etc) but none of them have stocked boards to put them on. I figured I'd have to buy a breadboard online, and I was curious if there existed a kit which had a collection of parts for beginning electronics students. I don't mind having to buy individual parts though, as long as I can get ahold of a board.

    Thanks for the advice =)
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    Velleman Kits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumblechook
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    Wow, I'm looking at Velleman's website now, they have alot of neat components. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Best to get some copper clad board.... The stuff used to make PCBs.. Printed Circuit Board.

    Because it has only a thin layer of copper it is easy to solder to and you can build test circuits 'dead bug' style... Using the copper for all the negative supply (earth-ground) connections and the rest up in the air... crude but easy to do.

    You can cut bits of the copper board and glue them to a base piece. You could cut breaks or islands directly in the base piece with a sharp tool of some sort.

    The best way is to actually make test boards with strips or islands by etching.. You can draw the pattern required with a marker pen and the ferric chloride will not etch those bits. The better way is to use an UV box and photosensitive board. There are plenty of websites on making PCBs.

    Veroboard or Stripboard can be useful but the pitch of the strips is a bit small for test circuits.
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