A few days ago I bought an Arduino Starter Kit clone, from the Elegoo brand, an offer of $30. I have enough sensors and components that I have been buying, but I lacked many of those offered in the Kit and I thought it was a good idea to buy it and see if this type of products is worth it. They have 4 starter kits, the basic one, it’s the Super Starter that is the one I bought and then they have two more with more components. But the truth is that I took this one for the offer. I have been wanting to take the one that brings radiofrequency.
Reading some review of the Elegoo boards I see that they speak well of them, although there are people who complain about the compatibility of the board, which is an Arduino UNO R3 clone. My experience has been very positive the board has worked perfectly, compatible with the Arduino IDE without doing anything, just connect and go. I have loaded the blink, I have made some modification. I’ve tried some components quickly and everything works fine (Tested with Ubuntu 16.10, 18.04 and kubuntu 17.04)
I leave this spanish video of an unboxing that I have done so that you can see the box live, what it brings and how it is organized.
I leave below the detailed information. At the end of the article I explain to you when I see these types of kits interesting.
Materials, components and sensors included in the Kit
This is all it brings. I wanted, the tilt sensor, the integrated circuits, the power module and the LCD never goes wrong. In addition to another insert that when you have only one with a project you fall short.
- 1 Elegoo UNO R3 board (Arduino UNO R3 clone)
- 1 LCD 1602
- 1 Prototyping Expansion Protoboard
- 1 power module
- 1 ULN2003 stepper motor driver
- 1 Stepper motor
- 1 SG90 servo motor
- 1 5V relay
- 1 infrared receiver module (IR)
- 1 An analog joystick
- 1 DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor
- 1 HC-SR04 ultrasonic sensor
- 1 3-6 V DC motor with fan
- 2 Buzzer active and passive 1 of each
- A tilt sensor or switch (ball)
- 1 Offset register 74HC595
- 1 L293D integrated circuit for motor control
- 5 push buttons, (buttons)
- 1 potentiometer
- 1 display of 1 digit and 7 segments
- another 4 digits and 7 segments
- An IR Infrared remote
- A protoboard board (Breadborad)
- A usb cable
- 10 Dupont female male cables
- 65 jumper
- 1 9V battery cable wing board
- 1 9V battery
- 120 resistors of different values
- 25 five-color LED
- 1 rGB LED
- 1 thermistor
- 2 rectifying goddesses 1N4007
- 2 photocells
- 12 NPN PN2222 transistors
- 1 CD (With the CD it comes with the code of each lesson and libraries. In addition to a manual, also in Spanish, of each lesson and the project they work on. We can also download it from their website)
List of projects to do with Arduino that they offer in your tutorial
The brand offers us a CD in which all the code, libraries and an Arduino manual come. In the manual, which we can download for free from its website (although we do not buy the product) are indications of the use of the Arduino clone, how to connect it, how to use the IDE, solve some communication problem, with the PC, etc. And then it teaches us to interact with the different sensors through lessons. Each topic is a lesson and the truth is that they come well explained. If you are starting I recommend you download it.
The lessons of the Arduino manual are:
- Blink in Elegoo Uno R3, the classic flashing board LED
- LED modify the brightness of a led using different resistors
- RGB LED regulation of an RGB LED which is like having 3 LEDs in one. here they also explain what the PWM is
- Digital tickets. How to turn on and off an LED with buttons, that is to say from external digital inputs
- Activate buzzer. A bit about active and passive buzzers
- Tilt ball switch. How to use this sensor to detect changes in inclination.
- Ultrasound sensor, in this case the HC-SR04
- DHT11 humidity and temperature sensor
- Analog joystick
- IR receiver module to start in the infrared
- LCD screen, how to connect and use it in alphanumeric. Model LCD1602 is used
- Thermometer. Thermistor, potentiometer and LCD are used
- Control eight LEDs with the 74HC595, so you don’t have to use 8 pins on the board
- Use of the serial monitor
- 74HC595 and segmented display to show numbers from 0 – 9
- 7-segment four-digit display control
- How to control a DC motor with a transistor
- How to use a relay
- Stepper motor control
- Stepper motor control with remote control
They have some superior kit with more projects like Radio Frequency and they also give us the free manual
In the end what? Worth it?
I find the kit useful for someone who does not know this world, who has no particular project in mind but wants to start testing what can be done with Arduino, because they provide you with enough sensors and parts so you don’t have to be looking for, buying, and waiting for the material to arrive. It is a way of not complicating life. With one of these kits at the time you receive it you can get down to work and it is also that they are cheap.
I also see it very useful for use in education. A pack for the kids who can do the projects and all the variations they can think of.
If you have been in this for a while and you have a base material, I do not see it as interesting, unless you find an offer and see that it is cheaper than buying those pieces that you needed separately, but it will not be normal.
In the end I want to see some more Raspberry Pi Kit and robotics and Arduino initiation of other brands.