best PIC programmer?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by stanman11, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. stanman11

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    im looking for a name brand, not ebay china junk programmer board.

    one that does not have a built in PIC. i would like one that has a din set so i can just add one and program it take it out add another and program it.

    does arduino have any of these and or is arduino good?

    doesnt matter on price. i would like from 8-32 din for up to 32 pin PIC

    or what do you use?
  2. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
  3. eblc1388

    Senior Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    It is not clear whether you have wanted a Programmer board or a development/learning board. They are not the same.

    If your requirement is a programmer, you can look at the development tools listed on the Microchip website, some made by Microchip and also by other reputable manufacturer.

    You won't go wrong with those.

    Or search Google using "PIC Programmer ZIF socket".
  4. spinnaker

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    Take a look at the PicKit2 or PicKit3.
  5. thatoneguy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2009
    What he said.

    Even if you do get a Dev Board with a programmer built in, you'll eventually wind up getting a PICKit 2/3 anyway.
  6. thevoodoochild

    New Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    I use a pickit 2, Very good, but I found using pic's easier by finding a good one with most or all requirments on & sticking to that type. I use the 18f4550 (tqfp surface mount type) you can get standard size pic of this type too & for those I use a picstart 2. Also the 18 series can be programmed using mplab's c18 c code. I find c saves alot of time.