So here is what I came with for a budget beginner electronics kit (parts found on Newark) :
- DURATOOL 22-8850 - WIRE STRIPPER - 4$
- DURATOOL D00120 - WIRE CUTTER - 2.70$
- DURATOOL TL10328 - LONG NOSE PLIERS - 2.60$
- AMPROBE AM-500 - DIGITAL MULTIMETER - 30$
- NTE WHS22-00-25 - HOOK-UP WIRE 25FT BLACK - 3.70$
- NTE WHS22-02-25 - HOOK-UP WIRE 25FT RED - 3.70$
- GLOBAL SPECIALTIES GS-830T - BREADBOARD - 9.30$
The good thing with the Amprobe multimeter is the auto-ranging feature, it automatically detects the value range of the voltage/current/resistance you are measuring. When buying wire for breadboarding, you have to get solid core wire, not stranded. I did this error with my last order. The part number looks the same for the 25 feet NTE 22 gauge; solid wire: whs22, stranded wire: wh22.
If you plan to do some soldering, you can take a look at :
- WELLER WES51 - ANALOG SOLDERING STATION - 125$
- KESTER 83-4000-0000 - POCKET PACK SOLDER - 3.70$
An benchtop oscilloscope is a more exotic beast. For low cost alternative, you can take a look at USB oscilloscope like this one. You can even find ones that you can directly embed in a breadboard :
Finally, here is an example BOM (Bill of Materials) of the beginner kit.
In the next tutorials, I will cover basic components needs along with circuit schematics.