Electronic component kits

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by electronics wiz, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. electronics wiz

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    I'm looking for large kits of resistor and capacitors. I was wondering if any of you had bought a kit like this and if so, what do you recommend getting and where do you recommend getting it?
     
  2. fanie

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    Not sure what you're after. Maybe if you explain a bit what you mean by 'large kits of resistor and capacitors'.
     
  3. electronics wiz

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    I mean a kit that has a bunch of different values of resistors and capacitors with 5 or ten of each value.


    Thanks
     
  4. someonesdad

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    You can go to Radio Shack and buy a selection of resistors -- dunno if they still sell them though.
     
  5. jpanhalt

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    I started with the RadioShack resistor kit. It is OK, but is just an E12 series, I think. Later, I got larger E24 kits of surface mount resistors that have proved very useful. You may find that some kits cost more than buying the individual parts, so shop around. But, all in all, I would recommend getting something like an E24 set of resistors and E6 for capacitors. The E(n) kits means there are n number of values per decade. E12 is, for example, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.2, 2.7, 3.3, 3.9, 4.7, 5.6, 6.8, and 8.2.

    Edit: I should have said that recommendation applies if you are planning to do analog stuff. If you will be doing just digital things, then you probably don't need such assortments.

    John
     
  6. creakndale

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    I purchased kits of 1/4 watt metal film axial (thru-hole) resistors from Digi-Key that I've been happy with. If board space is tight, then you can bend the leads to make them radial mount.
    RS1X-ND contains 10 - 97.6 ohms
    RS2X-ND contains 100 - 976 ohms
    RS3X-ND contains 1K - 9.76K ohms
    RS4X-ND contains 10K - 97.6K ohms
    RS5X-ND contains 100K - 976K ohms

    Each of these kits contain 5 each of 96 resistor values and are $30 each.
    Stay away from carbon film resistors unless you need values of 1M or greater.

    As for capacitor kits, Digi-Key has lots to choose from but you need to specify what type and case style you want. I prefer Radial mount for capacitors.

    creakndale
     
  7. bearing01

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  8. electronics wiz

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    Thanks for your help guys.
    I think Ill just buy few kits from radioshack because I don't need a huge amount like 1000.
     
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  11. Wendy

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    I started with the Radio Shack kits myself, and worked up from there. Their resistor kits are decent, as are their capacitor kits.

    Another good source for parts is Dan's Small Parts and Kits. He's an odd duck, does all his business through the postal service and via checks. Not all his parts are good, he is an uber surplus dealer after all, but in total it is a very good deal. I doubt I'll ever use his 1000 transistor kit I bought, and some of the batches are bad (I suspect the manufacturer knew they were), but most are acceptable.

    Here is one of my projects I put up, for resistor storage. For the guy who like to have it now.
     
  12. ELECTRONERD

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    I started with the Snap Circuits and then went into "The 500-In-One Project Lab" which is really fun. It's a nice piece of equipment and it comes with an assortment of IC's, diodes, resistors, and capacitors. In addition, it also comes with three manuals for all of the 500 projects.
     
  13. KL7AJ

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    Drop a letter to this feller: w3luv@yahoo.com Tell him I sent ya.


    Eric, KL7AJ
     
  14. Razor Concepts

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    Oh my... that web site is a mess. He goes from 8pt font to 500pt :eek:
     
  15. Wendy

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    Ya suppose he doesn't want to fart with it? :D This site is so old school it's great. Welcome to 1970's part houses, with real 1970's parts.
     
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