caiman
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Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:25 pm

I'm new to RPi and am looking into doing some stuff with the GPIOs. Simple stuff like controlling motors, responding to input, and just fiddling. My question is are there any recommendations (or anything I should avoid) for all-in-one kits such as this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRASH-your-Rasp ... 3cd457767b

Are there "better quality" breadboards, breakouts, wires, etc? Or are they all pretty much the same? Would I be better off buying all the parts separately? Thanks.

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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:54 am

You should (with extra LEDs) build a scoreboard for a small basketball hoop that mounts to doors.
If you don't make it, it's your own damn vault. -Land of the Lost poster

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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:45 pm

DrDominodog51 wrote:You should (with extra LEDs) build a scoreboard for a small basketball hoop that mounts to doors.
Hmm, that's a great suggestion and all, but it doesn't really address my question.

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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:55 am

caiman wrote:I'm new to RPi and am looking into doing some stuff with the GPIOs. Simple stuff like controlling motors, responding to input, and just fiddling. My question is are there any recommendations (or anything I should avoid) for all-in-one kits such as this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRASH-your-Rasp ... 3cd457767b

Are there "better quality" breadboards, breakouts, wires, etc? Or are they all pretty much the same? Would I be better off buying all the parts separately? Thanks.
I have bought some parts from Adafruit that I could not find elsewhere, and I have not had any issues with their wires, header pins or other parts (other than their junky acrylic case). The following suppliers have various kits available:

http://www.adafruit.com/products/998

https://www.sparkfun.com/

But if I am looking for quality and sometimes quantity, I go with a real electronics supplier. The only problem to a newbie is that it can be a bit overwhelming sorting through the massive quantity of parts and specs. I usually search suppliers in this order:

http://www.mouser.com/

http://www.digikey.com/

http://www.newark.com/

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/

http://www.jameco.com/

The one item that I would never skimp on is the breadboard, as it is bad enough troubleshooting circuitry, never mind adding issues with the contacts of the breadboard. I have always used the following brand at work and at home, and in particular only their premium breadboards. However they last a lifetime, so if this is a fleeting hobby, maybe the cheapo ones would be better if everything is going to wind up in a yard sale in a couple of months anyway:

http://globalspecialties.com/premium-br ... oards.html
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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Do you know anything about Electronics
When you said building "SIMPLE" circuits to control
Motors ,I assume you do.Then it should be easy to
Pick the components you want
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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:40 pm

pjs123, thanks for the advice and links. That's exactly what I was looking for.
boyoh wrote:Do you know anything about Electronics
When you said building "SIMPLE" circuits to control
Motors ,I assume you do.Then it should be easy to
Pick the components you want
No, I don't know a lot. This is very much a learning endeavor.

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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:04 pm

caiman wrote:pjc123, thanks for the advice and links. That's exactly what I was looking for.
Glad to help. As I don't know your location, I forgot to mention that these are all US suppliers. There are equivalents in the UK and elsewhere. Get yourself a multimeter as well if you don't have one, even I cheap one if you have to. I have always used mostly Fluke meters, however they are quite expensive for more or less the equivalent basic measurement functions of a cheaper one, but once again it will be very and consistently accurate and last forever.
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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:28 pm

boyoh wrote:Do you know anything about Electronics
When you said building "SIMPLE" circuits to control
Motors ,I assume you do.Then it should be easy to
Pick the components you want
Hey, come on now. How unhelpful a reply is this?

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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:11 pm

Well, I ended up opting against the kit route. I instead bought the components separately. My main concern was the quality, especially of the breakout and breadboard. So here's what I'm going with:

Adafruit Assembled Pi Cobbler Breakout + Cable
BB400 Solderless Plug-in BreadBoard
Breadboard jumper wire 75pcs pack
5mm Assorted Clear LED with LOTS of 1/4 W Resistors (6 Colors Assorted, Pack of 60)
microtivity IM206 6x6x6mm Tact Switch (Pack of 12)

I know it's not the absolute highest quality stuff, but money is a factor after all.

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Re: Need recommendations on GPIO wiring kits

Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:48 pm

Davespice wrote:
boyoh wrote:Do you know anything about Electronics
When you said building "SIMPLE" circuits to control
Motors ,I assume you do.Then it should be easy to
Pick the components you want
Hey, come on now. How unhelpful a reply is this?
Sorry if I was a bit harsh with the Post,
But when you know how much the poster
Knows about electronics you can give
More technical help
My apologies to "caiman"

Regards BoyOh
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