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Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit

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  • Includes solder, a soldering iron and wire cutters
  • Use for all your electronics soldering needs
  • Soldering required
  • From Elenco, offering the best selling Snap Circuits line of electronic educational kits
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

A must for a budding electronics engineer learning how to solder. After practicing your soldering techniques on the special area of the board, you'll be ready to assemble a European style siren with flashing LED's. This kit also includes solder, a soldering iron and wire cutters. Needs a 9 volt battery for testing soldered circuits. This kit requires soldering.

From the Manufacturer

A must for a budding electronics engineer learning how to solder. After practicing your soldering techniques on the special area of the board, you'll be ready to assemble a European style siren with flashing LED's. This kit also includes solder, a soldering iron and wire cutters. Needs a 9 volt battery for testing soldered circuits. This kit requires soldering.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0009Z3JJA
  • Item model number: AK-100
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 15 years
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,045 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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168 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Justin M on June 23, 2010
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I'm 17 and I wanted to learn how to solder printed circuit boards. This is a great product that has (almost) everything you need to get started. The soldering iron melted the solder quickly, even though the solder was lead free. The instruction manual teaches you not just about soldering, but about the components in the kit. It teaches almost like a class, complete with detailed instructions and even quizzes you on what you have learned. In the end, the device you make is pretty useless, but here, its all about the journey not the destination.

I do have a few cons however. There is nothing included to clean the soldering tip like a small piece of sponge. I also could not get the soldering wick to work, so I would recommend also ordering a desoldering pump as well. also, it can be a bit tricky to solder without some kind of helping hand device. However, for less than $15, this is still a great bargain.

The value of this kit is great, however I'm sure that people would be willing to pay a bit more if it included something to clean the soldering tip and possibly a desoldering pump, however, with the value of this kit, adding those items to your order should be no problem.

All in all, I greatly recommend this product to anyone trying to dive into the world of electronics.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Freyja's Books on September 23, 2010
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I didn't know how to solder before I bought this kit, and now that I'm finished with it, I feel very competent at it. This was exactly what I needed to figure out soldering! Overall I think this project took 4-5 hours from beginning to end. It gives you a couple dozen practice joints to begin with, where all you have to do is put solder on the circuit board. Then it goes through different examples of how to fix problems, such as causing a short circuit by making a solder bridge and having to desolder a joint with the included desoldering braid. The instructions are very clear, and the only problem I had building the final circuit (which is a decently loud alarm with speaker and flashing lights) was my own fault: I soldered the R2 resistor to R1, and had to use my newly acquired desoldering skills to switch it around.

Note that the kit comes packaged in a way that it describes every single part that comes with it thoroughly, so you do not have to know anything about electronic parts to get it up and running. But if you're just getting started in electronics, like I am, I would highly recommend these additional materials:
There Are No Electrons by Kenn Amdahl
MAKE: Electronics by Charles Platt
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn

If you use all these together, you should be well on your way to becoming an electronics hobbyist!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rob Lee on November 24, 2010
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I have bought over 30 of these kits to teach Boy Scouts how to solder for there Electronics merit badge. The kit are well organized and have good directions. The end of the board is set up to practices honing your skills before you start working on the main kit. All the scouts enjoyed the project.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By H. Black on December 17, 2010
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This is a great product. For less than the price of a comparable soldering iron alone, you get a nice iron plus lead-free solder, wire, solder wick (and well more of each than you need for the project), a practice circuit board that makes a fun little lights-and-sirens gadget when it's finished and has extra solder pads just for practice, and an extremely clear and thorough instruction book. The book does assume some prior knowledge of electronics--you won't get the most out of it if you don't already know what ohms and farads are or how to read a circuit diagram, although you will still be able to complete the project and learn the soldering part.

I went from total ignorance to completing the project confidently in about three hours, and I had a lot of fun doing it. The instruction manual, and the way that the practice board is designed with everything clearly labeled and room to practice, were excellent for learning. I wouldn't recommend this as a toy for children (the soldering iron is in no way a "play" or "practice" model, it gets very hot and has to be taken seriously), but for teenagers or adults who want to learn how to solder and get a decent soldering iron as well, this is a great kit.

Two things you should know:
-There's only one of each resistor and capacitor, so if you break or lose one you're out of luck. They're filed on a nice little labeled card, though, so they're pretty easy to keep track of.
-The instruction manual has you solder in the wrong resistors initially and then gives you the "desoldering practice" of putting in the right ones. I didn't read ahead and was a little annoyed when I found this out, although the desoldering and replacement went fine and hey, I did get the practice. (SPOILER: R4 and R6 are incorrect; you'll replace them with R4A and R6A.)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By danilo on February 11, 2014
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I recommend this for anyone wanting to learn how to solder for repairs around the house and vehicle. Worked out great and works great. Take some time to read through the manual and instructions.

-25 watt soldering iron. It's a great soldering iron to start learning. Buy a better one if you plan on continuing the soldering hobby/practice. (I bought the "Weller SP25NKUS Standard Duty LED Soldering Iron Kit, Red/Black").

-The lead-free rosin core solder ran out on me. I took too much time and solder practcing, you have been warned.

-wire cutter, cheap and doesn's cut the wire at all parts of the blade, find the sweet spot.

-I had a great time with it. Posting up a video on amazon soon.
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