Some days ago I bought an Arduino Starter Kit, from the brand Elegoo, an offer of € 30. I have quite a few sensors and components that I have been buying, but I was missing many of those that are offered in the Kit and it seemed like a good idea to buy it and see if this type of product is worth it. They have 4 starter kits, the basic one is the Super Starter which is the kit I bought and then two more that have even more components, but the truth is that I took this one because of the offer. I have been wanting to take the one with radio frequency.
Reading some review of the Elegoo boards they speak well, but there are people who complain about the compatibility of the board that is a clone of Arduino UNO R3. My experience has been very positive, the plate has worked perfectly, compatible with the Arduino IDE without doing anything, just plug and play. I have loaded the blink, I have made some modification. I have tried some components quickly and everything works fine (Tested with Ubuntu 16.10 and kubuntu 17.04)
I leave a video of a kind of unboxing that I have done so that you can see the box live, what it brings and how it is organized.
I leave the detailed information below.
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, tilt sensor, ICs, power module, and LCD never go wrong. In addition to another insert that when you only have one with a project, it falls short.
- 1 Elegoo UNO R3 board (Arduino UNO R3 clone)
- 1 LCD 1602
- 1 Expansion breadboard for prototyping
- 1 power module
- 1 Motor Driver for stepper ULN2003
- 1 stepper motor
- 1 SG90 servo motor
- 1 5V relay
- 1 infrared (IR) receiver module
- 1 An analog joystick
- 1 DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor
- 1 HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor
- 1 DC motor 3-6 V with fan
- 2 Active and Passive Buzzers 1 of each
- A tilt (ball) sensor or switch
- 1 74HC595 shift register
- 1 L293D integrated circuit for motor control
- 5 pushbuttons, (buttons)
- 1 potentiometer
- 1 display of 1 digit and 7 segment
- another 4 digits and 7 segments
- An IR Infrared remote
- A breadboard (Breadborad)
- A usb cable
- 10 Dupont Male Female Cables
- 65 jumper
- 1 9V battery cable to the plate
- 1 9V battery
- 120 resistors of different values
- 25 five-color LEDs
- 1 RGB LED
- 1 thermistor
- 2 goddess rectifiers 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 us in their tutorial
The brand offers us a CD that contains all the code, libraries and an Arduino manual. In the manual we can download free from their website (although we do not buy the product) come indications of use of the Arduino clone, how to connect it, how to use the IDE, solve any 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 are well explained. If you are starting I recommend that you download it.
The Arduino manual lessons are:
- Blink on Elegoo Uno R3, the classic by flashing the led on the board
- LEDs modify the brightness of a led using different resistors
- RGB LED regulation of an RGB LED that is like having 3 LEDs in one. here they also explain what PWM is
- Digital tickets. How to turn an LED on and off with pushbuttons, i.e. from external digital inputs
- Activate buzzer. A little about active and passive buzzers
- Ball tilt switch. How to use this sensor to detect changes in inclination.
- Ultrasound sensor, in this case the HC-SR04
- DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor
- Analog joystick
- IR receiver module to get started in the infrared
- LCD screen, how to connect and use it in alphanumeric. The 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
- Using the serial monitor
- 74HC595 and segmented display to show numbers 0 - 9
- Four digit 7 segment display control
- How to control a DC motor with a transistor
- How to use a relay
- Control of a stepper motor
- Stepper motor control with remote control
They have a superior kit with more projects such as Radio Frequency and they also give us the manual for free
In the end what? It's worth it?
I find the kit useful for someone who does not know this world, who does not have any particular project in mind but wants start testing what can be done with Arduino, because they provide you with enough sensors and parts so that you don't have to search, buy, and wait for the material to arrive. It is a way of not complicating life. With one of these kits the moment you receive it you can get down to work and they are also cheap.
I also see it very useful to use in education. A pack for the kids who will be able to do the projects and all the variations that occur to them.
If you have been in this for a long time and 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 am left with the desire to see some more Raspberry Pi Kit and robotics and Arduino initiation kits from other brands.