electronic circuits from a kit can be very rewarding ,
especially when the build process goes smoothly and the device works
rite the first time.
when first starting out making kits it can seem a bit
confusing with all those different components to organize and
So here is a
quick guide to making a typical kit.
Here are the
parts and instruction sheets that I received with my
latest kit that I bought.
LCD display , a
bag of components , a bag of hardware and of course the
printed circuit board.
Often kits come
with a list of parts that are , or should be , included
in the kit.
It is possible
that some parts are missing , so before starting
construction , check the parts off against the list to see what you
might have to get to complete it.
This kit has
some tick boxes on the right hand side to make this check
the instructions in this kit are in German and Ich
spreche nicht Deutsches (I don't speak German) but this list uses
normal part numbers , so it is pretty easy to work out.
Also in the
instructions you might find these sorts of drawings.
A schematic , as
shown above , and a part placement diagram.
Both are real
handy , both for construction but also for ease of
If you don't
know much about electronics you will have to trust that
these and the rest of the instructions are correct , but it is not
uncommon to find errors between these two diagrams and/or the included
If you have the
ability , it is wise to spend a couple of hours tracing
through the diagrams and comparing it to your board to ensure that you
find any problems before you start soldering any parts.