123andrewr
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Resistor "Starter Pack"

Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:01 pm

Hi all.
I read the latest magpi issue and am going to attempt the halloween pumpkin project.
I have found all the components I will need however in the article the author suggests getting a resistor starter pack or book.
I am looking to do more projects after this and so was wondering if anyone could recomend a set or book that would have resistors that I amy need?
Thanks in advance of your response. :)
Andy :)

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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:33 pm

Lots of cheap assorted resistor packs available in eBay with 1000s for a fiver or so... Just search resistor pack

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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:39 pm

Not sure what the "book" of resistors they mention is, but you could get a large set (over a tenner) from (UK suppliers bytheway):

http://www.rapidonline.com/Electronic-C ... -kit-65199

Or this bloke does packs, with less carriage costs, see the bottom of each page:

http://www.bitsbox.co.uk/resistors/mfr.html
http://www.bitsbox.co.uk/resistors/cfr.html

... metal film are apparently better (might as well for the small price difference) but maybe someone else will chip in with comments.

Also there were some general supplier recommendations recently in here:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 37&t=17980

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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:26 pm

123andrewr wrote:Hi all.
I read the latest magpi issue and am going to attempt the halloween pumpkin project.
I have found all the components I will need however in the article the author suggests getting a resistor starter pack or book.
I am looking to do more projects after this and so was wondering if anyone could recomend a set or book that would have resistors that I amy need?
Thanks in advance of your response. :)
Andy :)
I think I got a party bag of resistors from maplin for a fiver

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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:42 pm

123andrewr wrote:Hi all.
I read the latest magpi issue and am going to attempt the halloween pumpkin project.
I have found all the components I will need however in the article the author suggests getting a resistor starter pack or book.
I am looking to do more projects after this and so was wondering if anyone could recomend a set or book that would have resistors that I amy need?
Thanks in advance of your response. :)
Andy :)
It's one of those things you want, but only end up using a small number of - and buying resistors individually is expensive (more in postage than anything else!) The sort of thing I was thinking of was this: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10969 which you can get from lots of sparkfun distributors in many countries. (e.g. skpang, coolcomponents, etc. in the UK)

But the other suggestions are good too - especially if you're keen to get involved in making more electronics - Maplin if you're in the UK and want a shop to walk into (convenient, but you pay for that convenience), or ebay can be very cheap. If buying mixed packs from ebay, do get up to speed on your colour codes though!

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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:43 pm

Resistors are cheap and used in almost every electronic project so, as others have suggested, it makes sense to buy a pack.

In principle the same would be true of capacitors, but as well as a wide range of values there are different types and working voltages, so keeping a comprehensive stock isn't practical for the average hobbyist. It is quite a good idea, though, whenever you buy common components for a project, to buy a few extra - that way you build up a stock of the sorts of components that you use for little additional cost.

Likewise active components such as transistors and diodes. Eventually you will get to know when you can substitute a generic type and when you need to buy the precise component, but to start with you'll probably buy whatever the project calls for. They're mostly cheap and light - by the time you've paid the postage, buying ten doesn't cost all that much more than buying one.

Over time you'll accumulate a useful collection of components, and for any new project you'll find that many of the common items are already to hand - provided, of course, that you keep your stock organised so that you know what you've got!

123andrewr
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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:04 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. :D
I have found a pack on ebay that looks quite suitable and reasonably priced.

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Re: Resistor "Starter Pack"

Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:36 pm

maplin do packs like this

http://www.maplin.co.uk/480-piece-e3-re ... pack-42453

I have the carbon and metal film ones and have only needed to buy a few non standard ones from ebay from time to time

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