Huge list of DIY soldering kits

If you’re a frequent tinkerer and own a soldering iron chances are you’ve purchased a DIY soldering kit at some point in your life. These are not only fun to build but can also provide useful tools at a low cost. That being said sometimes it’s a pain to find what you are actually looking for. This post is meant to be an easy to navigate and up to date list of all kinds of various DIY soldering kits from simple blinking LEDS to small oscilloscopes.

These kits do vary in quality and ease of building to we encourage you to read reviews on a kit before purchasing.

 

 

Last updated: 11/16/18

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Function/Signal Generators

Use these kits to generate the most common waveforms like sine, squarewave, triangle, sawtooth and more. Useful for testing and designing electrical circuits.

XR2206 Function Generator

XR2206 function generator

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Adjustable function generator outputting sine, square, and triangle waveforms. Includes acrylic case.

FG085 Function Generator

FG085 function generator

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Adjustable function generator outputting all waveform types + servo signal control. Easy to use controls with LCD.

ICL8038 Signal Generator

ICL8038 function generator

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Improved adjustable function generator outputing sine, square, triangle, sawtooth, and reverse sawtooth waveforms.

555 Squarewave Generator

555 signal generator

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Simple adjustable 555 timer square wave generator with indicator LED

ICL8038 Function Generator

icl8038 function generator

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Adjustable ICL8038 based function generator with square, sine, and triangle waveform output.

Hiland Function Generator

hiland function generator

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Function generator with LCD menu. Outputs sine, square, triangle, sawtooth, rev sawtooth, ECG, and noise.

AD9833 Function Generator

AD9833 function generator
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Improved AD9833 signal generator with LCD menu. Outputs sine, square, and triangle waveforms.

DC12 Function Generator

icl8038 function generator
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ICL8038 based function generator outputting triangle, sine, and square wave signals.

ICL8038 Function Generator

icl8038 function generator
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Alternative ICL8038 based function generator outputting triangle, sine, and square wave signals.

Meters and Testers

The kits in this section are some of the most actually useful DIY kits that can be built. After assembling a kit you can test things like frequencies, transistors, inductance, diodes, and other various electrical components.

Digital Frequency Tester

frequency meter
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Frequency meter capable of measuring 1Hz-50Mhz, 5 digit resolution, auto ranging, and includes acrylic case. Measure crystals and frequencies, highly accurate measurements.

Inductance Capacitance Meter

inductance frequency tester
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Meter capable of reading inductance 0.1μH-1H, capacitance 1pF-2.2μF, frequency 20Hz-400KHz, and more.

DT-830T Digital Multimeter

dt830t digital multimeter
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Interesting multimeter kit able to measure all the usual stuff. Fun project, not for high voltage stuff.

GM328 Multi Tester

gm328 tester
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Another multifunction meter able to test inductance, capacitance, resistance, transistors, diodes, and more. Useful and accurate tool with color display.

Hiland M12864 Tester

m12864 hiland tester
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Used to identify and test different components like resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, LEDs and other common parts. VERY useful to have.

ICL7107 Digital Ammeter

icl7107 ammeter
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ICL7107 based ammeter current meter capable of measuring up to 2A.

9205A Digital Multimeter

9205a multimeter
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Kind of expensive multimeter kit which measures all the usual stuff. Fun project but better premade multimeters are cheaper.

YD-CS Multi Tester

ydcs tester
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Yet another tester for diodes, capacitors, inductors, transistors, LEDs and more. Includes LCD, case, and ZIF socket.

Hiland Frequency Counter

hiland frequency meter
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PIC based frequency counter able to test crystals and frequencies of 1Hz-50MHz. Highly accurate device.

Multifunction Tester/Meter

lcd1602 tester
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Multifunctional tester able to measure, inductance, capacitance, frequency, and more. Very useful tool with LCD display.

LED Power Indicator

led power indicator
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Simple LED bar power indicator for testing battery voltages of 2.4 to 20V.

Hiland M8 LC Tester

hiland m8 lc
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Another multifunction meter able to test inductance and capacitance. Useful and accurate tool.

Hiland M12864 Tester

hiland m12864
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Multifunction tester for resistors, leds, diodes, inductors, capacitors and more. Doubles as a function generator.

Hiland Multifunction Tester

hiland tester
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Tests diodes, inductors, capacitors, transistors, resistors and more. Also doubles as a function generator.

Oscilloscopes

These DIY oscilloscope kits are fun to build and play around with but are not replacements for a full fledged scope. Useful for playing around with different audio applications or low level microcontroller stuff like Arduino/PIC.

JYETech DSO138 Oscilloscope

dso138 oscilloscope
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ARM powered oscilloscope featuring 200KHz bandwidth, 1 Msps, and 12 bit accuracy.

JYETech DSO062 Oscilloscope

jyetech dso062
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Digital oscilloscope with LCD, 1 channel, 1MHz, and max 2MSa / s. Not a replacement for real oscilloscope but fun project.

JYETech DSO068 Oscilloscope

jyetech dso068 oscilloscope
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Small digital oscilloscope, 1 channel, 3MHz bandwidth, and 2Msps. Fun functional project but not a replacement for real a oscilloscope.

DSO150 15001K Oscilloscope

dso150 15001k
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Small digital oscilloscope, 1 channel, 200kHz bandwidth, and 1Msps sample rate. Fun functional project, not a replacement for real scope.

JYETech DSO138 13803K

dso138 13803k
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Small oscilloscope with 200KHz analog bandwidth, 1 Msps sample rate, and 12 bit accuracy. All SMD parts presoldered.

DSO138 Mini 13805K

dso 13805k oscilloscope
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Mini oscilloscope with 200KHz bandwidth, 1Msps sample rate, external trigger, serial output. Improved version over the 13803k, includes acrylic housing.

Power Regulation

These kits can help you create DIY power supplies (an essential beginner project) and are useful for small general power regulation applications.

LM317 Regulator Module

lm317 power supply
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Adjustable output voltage from 5-35v with banana plugs and potentiometer.

USB/DC Boost Converter

usb boost converter
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Step up boost converter capable of outputting 3.3v, 5v, -5v, 12v, and -12v at 300mA per channel. Input power is USB or Barrel Jack 5-18v.

Hiland Boost Converter

hiland power boost converter
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Boost converter capable of outputting 3.3v, 5v, -5v, 12v, and -12v at up to 300mA per channel. Uses 5-24v for input voltage.

Variable LM317 Module

lm317 adjustable
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Adjustable constant current and constant voltage power supply. Outputs 0-30V at up to 1 Amp.

Radio Kits

Anything having anything to do with sending or receiving radio signals is in this section. Simple AM/FM receivers, more advanced stuff like software defined radio, and even more advanced amateur radio tools.

Note: Different countries have different laws on things like software radio and amateur radio so be sure to check before you buy any of those kits so you don’t get yourself in trouble. To use any of the kits that transmit you need to be a licensed operator in your country to know what you’re doing and abide by local laws.

Blue AM Radio Kit

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A simple analog AM radio receiver kit with light blue case.

Red AM Radio Kit

am radio kit 1
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AM radio receiver with analog dial and red case.

AM/FM Receiver 1


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Portable analog AM/FM radio receiver with antenna and white case. Receives FM 76-108MHz and AM 525-1605KHz.

AM/FM Receiver 2


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Analog AM/FM radio which includes antenna and case. Comes with poor instructions.

Monolithic AM/FM Radio

xz2051 am fm radio
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CD1691CB based Monolithic AM/FM radio receiver, uses analog dial for tuning.

CXA1691 Radio Kit

cxa1691 radio kit
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CXA1691 based AM/FM radio receiver. Includes case and antenna.

AM/FM Receiver 3

am fm radio kit 3
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AM radio receiver kit with reddish orange case, uses analog dial for tuning.

Rechargeable FM Radio

digital radio kit 1
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Rechargable digital FM radio kit with 180mAh battery, earbuds, case, and USB cable.

Digital LCD Radio

digital radio kit 2
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Digital FM radio kit with LCD display, case, and antenna. Comes in black or white.

CXA1691BM Radio

am fm radio kit 4
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CXA1691BM based AM/FM radio kit FM 87-108MHz/AM 525/1606KHz, comes in yellow.

FM/AM/SW Radio

am fm sw radio kit
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FM/AM/SW radio kit with case, antenna, and headphone jack.

7-Segment Radio

7 segment radio
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Digital FM radio kit with 7 segment display, acrylic case, and antenna.

45W Transceiver Amplifier

transceiver amplifier
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Basic signal amplifier, works on SSB/AM/FM/etc, up to 40dB gain, 1-5mW input, 10W output.

Ham Radio QRP Kit

ham qrp kit
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HAM radio QRP CW kit with input for key, up to 2.6W output. 9-12V input, low power consumption.

40m low power QRP Kit

40m qrp kit
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40m band shortwave low power QRP transiever kit. Operates at up to 1.2W with input for key.

QRP CW SW Transceiver

low power qrp kit
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Low cost QRP CW transmitter with buzzer and up to 1.2W output, can be ran off 9v battery.

Airband Receiver Kit

airband receiver kit
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Airband receiver for listening to air traffic. Includes bandpass filters for improved signal quality

FM Microphone Transmitter

fm microphone transmitter
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Low power FM microphone transmitter with non adjustable output frequency.

Adjustable FM transmitter

adjustable fm transmitter
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FM wireless microphone transmitter with AUX input. Adjustable 88-108MHz frequency range.

FM Radio Transmitter

digital fm receiver
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Digital 76-108MHz wireless FM receiver with auto frequency search.

RTLSDR Receiver Kit

rtlsdr receiver kit
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DIY RTL-SDR receiver kit using RTL2832U + R820T with Q channel support. Includes aluminum case.

Clock Kits

DIY digital clocks with a wide range of features, sizes, and quality. Features include 4 digit HH/MM display, 6 digit HH/MM/SS display, temperature display, date display, audio voice, and more. Dot matrix, 7-segment display, LCD, and plain LED kits are available.

AT89C2051 7-Segment Clock

7 segment clock
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Small easy to build AT89C2051 based 7-segment display clock. Displays minutes and hours with alarm.

1 Inch 7-Segment Clock

7 segment clock 2
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Uses four 1 inch 7-segment displays, 12/24H mode, and displays temperature. Includes acrylic case.

Small 7-Segment Clock

7 segment clock 3
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Easy to build small 7-segment display clock with acrylic case and buttons. Comes in red, green, or blue.

SMD 7-Segment Clock

7 segment display clock 10
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Mini 7-segment display clock with SMD parts and is USB powered. Requires intermediate soldering skills.

DS1302 7-Segment Watch

7 segment watch
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7-segment display digital watch, uses DS1302 RTC for keeping time.

Large 7-Segment Clock

7 segment large
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Large 6 digit 7-segment display desktop clock with touch controls. 12/24H mode, alarm, sound activation, and more.

ATMEGA328p based clock

7 segment clock 5
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ATMEGA328p based 7-segment display clock with large display and acrylic case.

Relay Clock

7 segment clock 6
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1 inch 7 segment display clock, displays temperature, date, 12/24H mode, and apparently has a relay.

7-Segment Desk Clock

7 segment clock 7
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4 digit 7 segment display clock, can display temperature, includes alarm, and comes in several colors.

Voice Time Clock

7 segment clock 8
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7-segment LED clock with voice time, DS3231 RTC, temperature display, auto light adjust, 12/24 mode, and more.

7-Segment Clock (24H only)

7 segment clock 9
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4 digit 1 inch 7-segment display clock with alarm and battery backup. 24H mode only.

Rainbow Clock

rainbow clock kit
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Large rainbow 7-segment display with DS3231 RTC, temperature, voice activation, and more.

Electric Calendar Kit

electric calendar kit
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Electronic calendar kit that displays hour, minute, seconds, year, month, and day. Comes in red, green, and blue.

7-Segment Ring Clock

ring clock 1
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7-segment LED clock with outer LED ring. Comes in many colors.

AT89C2051 based clock

at89c2051 based clock
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AT89C2051 based 7-segment display clock with alarm, stopwatch, and counter.

AT89C2051 based clock 2

at89c2051 based clock
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Slightly different AT89C2051 based 7-segment display clock.

Large Dot Matrix Clock

dot matrix clock 1
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Large dot matrix LED clock with DS3231 RTC, touch control, displays date, time, day, and temperature.

Small Dot Matrix Clock

gravity clock
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Dot matrix LED clock with DS3231 RTC, gravity detection, date, and temperature.

Dot Matrix Clock

dot matrix clock 2
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Dot matrix LED clock with several display modes, HH/MM, HH/MM/SS, etc. Uses DS3231 RTC, voice/touch activation, and case.

Dot Matrix Desk Clock

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Dot matrix desk clock, displays time, temperature, and date. Includes case, powered by USB.

Touch Dot Matrix Clock

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Small dot matrix clock, displays temperature, time, touch, and and uses DS3231 RTC.

4 Digit Dot Matrix

dot matrix clock 5
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4 digit dot matrix clock, displays time, temperature, and more. 24H mode only.

1602 LCD Clock

lcd clock
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1602 LCD clock, features 12/24H mode, temperature, alarm, date, and adjustable brightness

Spectrum Clock 1

spectrum clock 1
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4 digit LED spectrum clock, reacts to music, displays time, and temperature.

LCD calendar clock

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Another 1602 LCD clock, displays time, temperature, holidays, and date.

DS1302 Learning Clock

ds1302 clock
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DS1302 based LED learning clock with outer ring.

Spectrum clock 2

spectrum clock 2
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LED clock that displays time, temperature, and doubles as an audio spectrum display.

7-Segment Ring Clock

ring clock 2
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7-segment display clock with 1 inch digits, outer LED ring, and DS3231 RTC.

Aluminum LED Clock

led clock 1
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4 digit LED large LED clock with aluminum backing, alarm, and battery backup.

VFD IV-18 Clock Kit

vfd tube clock
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Large VFD IV-18 flourecent tube clock with 6 digit display, remote control, 12/24H mode, and temperature display.

Misc Kits

Section for things that don’t really fit into other categories. A wide variety of kits from a simple calculator to a DIY robot and everything in between.

“Music Box”

music box
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“Music Box” DIY audio kit produces 16 different sounds including alarm, police car, firetruck, ambulance, and “crickets”.

GSM Signal Detector

gsm signal detector
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This is a 3-12v GSM mobile phone signal detection circuit. Fun kit but not particularly useful.

Voltmeter/Thermometer

voltmeter / thermometer kit
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5V Digital voltmeter/thermometer kit. Displays voltage or temperature in celcius.

Battery Voltage Detector

battery voltage detector
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9-12V adjustable LM358 based low voltage battery detector with alarm buzzer and LED.

ADC0804 ADC Converter

adc0804 module
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ADC0804 based 8 bit ADC converter, converts analog signals to digital.

ADC0809 ADC Converter

adc0809 module
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ADC0809 based 8 bit ADC analog to digital converter. Features 8 output pins.

Bluetooth DIY RC Car

diy rc car
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Small remote control car controlled via serial over Bluetooth, powered by 18650 battery. Features obstacle avoidance.

Soil Moisture Relay

moisture sensor kit
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Soil moisture sensor with 12v working voltage and relay for garden projects.

3kg Electric Scale Kit

electric scale kit
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Functional electronic scale kit capable of measuring up to 3kg, includes LCD and acrylic case.

Laser Air Sensor Kit

laser sensor kit
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Laser environmental sensor with a 0-600UG/M3 measuring range. Measures air quality and uses DHT11 for temp/humidity sensing.

Multifunctional DIY Calculator

multifunctional calculator
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Large DIY calculator with acrylic case. Features resistor, math, and LED resistance calculators.

Handheld Game Kit

handheld game kit
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Small DIY handheld game kit with clones of games like snake and tetris.

555 Signal Generator

555 signal generator
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555 timer based adjustable signal generator, outputs square, bell, sine, and triangle wave.

IR Relay Module

ir relay module
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Simple DIY IR proximity sensor that turns a relay on and off.

Arduino Robot Kit

arduino robot kit
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Arduino based smart car robot kit with 2 wheel drive and an ultrasonic sensor.

Basic Calculator Kit

digital calculator kit
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Digital calculator kit with 7-segment display. Not particularly useful but decent through hole soldering practice.

Metal Detector Kit

metal detector kit 1
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Metal detecting kit, relatively low range with audio buzzer included

Metal detecting kit 2

metal detector kit 2
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Another metal sensing kit with white case and buzzer.

555 Timer Organ

555 organ kit
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NE555 timer based “electric organ” kit. Definitely a retro 8-bit type sound.

DIY PIR Alarm

pir alarm kit
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DIY PIR sensor kit with buzzer.

DIY SIMON Clone

simon game clone
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DIY handheld SIMON type game powered by 9v battery.

Ultrasonic Ranging Module

diy ultrasonic ranger
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Ultrasonic ranging module kit that displays range of objects via a 7 segment display.

Water Level Detector

water level detector
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Simple water level detection kit with relay module, takes 12-15v input.

60mm Metal Detector

metal detector kit 3
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Another DIY metal detection kit with buzzer, detects up to 60mm away.

White Noise Generator

white noise generator
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Small white noise signal generator with headphone out jack and adjustable volume.

Magnetic Levitation Kit

magnetic levitation kit
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DIY magnetic maglev suspension kit levitates a magnet in a stable hover, comes with acrylic case.

SMD Soldering Practice Kit

smd soldering practice kit
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As far as we can tell this is just an SMD soldering practice kit.

Microphone Noise Amplifier

microphone amplifier
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Microphone pickup module with 9-15v power input, doesn’t come with headphone jack.

SMD Soldering Practice Kit 2

smd soldering practice 2
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Simple functional SMD soldering practice kit that includes parts from 0402-1206 and various other SMD IC packages.

IR Motion Alarm

ir motion detector
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DIY infrared motion detector circuit with 90 db alarm.

IR Wireless Audio Kit

ir wireless audio
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Infrared wireless audio transmits and receives audio wirelessly over IR.

Clap Detector Kit

diy clap detector
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Simple clap detection kit with LED indicator.

DIY 0-30v Voltmeter

diy voltmeter kit
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DIY voltmeter kit with on/off switch and alligator clips.

Audio Kits

A variety of kits for building things like speakers and audio amplifiers can be found here.

TDA2030A Amplifier

tda2030a power amplifier
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2.0 Dual channel TDA2030A based power amplifier kit with case. Takes 9-15V DC, outputs 15W.

5v Dual Speakers

dual 5v speakers
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2CH 5V DIY dual channel amplifier kit with speakers and LED indicators. Comes in wide range of colors.

8002 Acrylic Speakers

usb mini speakers
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8002 based audio power amplifier. Comes with amplifiers, speakers, LED spectrum display, and case.

Amplifier with Speakers

da2822 amplifier
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TDA2822M based dual channel audio amplifier with speakers and KA2284 based level indicator. Includes case.

TDA2030 30W

tda2030 30w dual
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TDA2030 based 30W 2.1 dual track audio subwoofer power amplifier kit, easy to assemble.

Dual Level Meter

dual vu meter
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Dual music spectrum quasi-peak level spectrum meter kit.Comes with acrylic case, uses some SMD parts.

Headphone Amplifier

headphone amplifier kit
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Small DIY soldering kit for headphone amplifier, uses all through hole parts.

555 Headphone Amp

555 audio amplifier
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NE555 based headphone audio amplifier, uses 3.7-30v, and comes with acrylic case.

HiFi Headphone Amp

headphone amplifier
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DIY HIFI adjustable headphone audio amplifier kit with acrylic case, takes 12-18v input.

LM3915 Level Indicator

lm3915 level indicator
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LM3915 based audio level indicator with LEDs, takes 9-12v input.

TDA2030A Dual Amplifier

tda2030a 30w
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TDA2030A based dual channel 30W amplifier with subwoofer channel.

USB Dual Speaker Kit

usb speaker kit
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USB stereo speaker kit dual channel with subwoofer, acrylic case, and analog volume adjustment

LM3915 Audio Indicator

lm3915 level indicator 2
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LM3915 audio level indicator kit with 9-12v input

1W Audio Amplifier

1 watt amplifier
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DIY 1W power amplifier kit with 4-9v input.

Dual Track Amplifier

tda2030a speaker kit
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TDA2030A based 2.1 dual track power audio amplifier kit with subwoofer channel.

Mini Speaker Kit


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Small transparent mini speaker kit with amplifier, 3 watts per channel.

Dual Speaker Kit

tda2030a speaker set
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TDA2030A based dual channel 2.1 speakers with amplifier and subwoofer

LM3915 Audio Indicator

lm3915 level indicator
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Simple 2 channel sound level audio indicator with LM3915 based LED indicator.