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:
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:
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