Elenco 500-in-One Electronic Project Lab
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- A classic electronics trainer with 500 experiments
- Learn basic principles of electronics and electricity, physics and magnetism
- Uses the spring-wire connection and bred board methods
- Includes easy-to-read, lab style, illustrated manual
- Brought to you by Elenco Electronics, the same company the brings you Snap Circuits
- Uses the spring-wire connection and bredboard methods
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Top Customer Reviews
So, this is not a "Well, this looks like a good gift for Johnny" product. Whoever is going to receive (if it's a gift) or purchase for themselves, should be fairly serious about learning electronics. If not, start with a much smaller kit, and work yourself up to this one.
As far as construction, it's pretty sturdy. The breadboard is centrally located and from a layout perspective, I had no trouble setting up any of the experiments.
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There are a TON of resistors, wires, caps, etc.
I ended up buying a couple plastic partitioned containers to hold everything and that still wasn't enough. Pretty much everything comes in an individually marked plastic bag, and Tesla help you if you don't take care in replacing everything back into the correct baggie, or you'll quickly memorize the Resistor Identification chart...though, that may not be a bad side-effect :)
I did have some trouble with the breadboard itself, in that some of the slots were really tough to punch into and with my big sausage-like fingers, I ended up bending a few leads and wire ends here and there and settled on using some needle nose pliers to feed the tough slots.
The experiments are split up into 3 large softbound manuals (Aprox 10"x14") and cover a very wide range of projects. There are "Did you know" type blurbs throughout which makes them informative.
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My biggest problem with this kit is with the text of the experiments.Read more ›
This said, you will find in the the 500-in-One a fun electronic toy which you can also use as a basis for your own electronics studies with the choice of your favorite text book. If you prefer the later, however, you can also get a breadboard and parts according to your own needs.
If you are looking for alternatives, I can recommend Kosmos Electronics Workshop 2 (XN 3000, Electronic Pofi) for older kids and adults as well as Elenco Snap Circuits which is ideal in particular for young children (my 3 year old daughter enjoys snapping together simple circuits which make a lamp glow or a motor spin.) There are also many smaller vendors, some attached to publishers of magazines and some individuals, offerings sets about different topics.Read more ›
I ordered the Elenco 500-in-One via Amazon Prime and received it in perfect condition in 2 days.
Reason for Purchase
While I was looking for some soldering projects to improve my skills, I came across one of the less expensive Elenco sets, so I started reading the reviews and looking around for other reviews on the internet. I came across a few variations of Elenco Electronic Project Labs so I did a search for the list of labs included in each. They all had basically the same labs, but the more expensive the lab set, the more projects it came with meaning the more technical the lab itself became. I chose the 500-in-1 because it had labs to keep me busy for a while and seems more technical as well.
Durability, Parts, and Setup
The set closes into a hand carry-able kinda suitcase which is easy to carry around. When open, it has a 2 compartments on each side of the top handle which can be used for the project wires and/or components. On the bottom next to each handle are places to put components while you work on the projects, but even better, they open to have 2 more small compartments to keep components in (they're too small for wires). The casing is good and seems sturdy, but it is an electronic kit, so you should be careful not to drop it, you wouldn't want to drop your computer, same principle since this toy isn't cheap. It has to latches that pop out of the sides of the bottom and hook to the top to keep it open so it doesn't close on your hand.
Projects and Experience
I haven't done too many projects yet, but the few I have were fun. They question is, would I recommend this to a young adult, my answer is yes and no.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this Electronic Project Lab as an interest of mine. It is portable and easy to use. Like it very much. Till today, I still have it at my hand and it still works. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've kept my eyes on this kit, made by Elenco and the same also available through Ramsey electronics... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have really enjoyed using this project lab. The projects range from easy to pretty complicated, but the schematics and instructions make them fun to complete, and provide me... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Todd
The kit: my first impression when i opened it was like oh wow so many things to learn and to handle, but with every experiment it got easier and easier to understand. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Khalid
I pleasure to have it
Very portable, when going to meet friends...
Hands down awesome. My 3-1/2 year old twins know how to wire parallel loads and switches in series. On the first day! They will use this for a very long time.Published 15 months ago by Cory Frazier
very advanced. hours and hours worth of projects. you can make a lot of neat devices by following the schematics.Published 16 months ago by ski
Im satisfied because it is well conceived, allows to approach all concepts of electronics, analogic and logic, transistors, op ampli and micro processor. Read morePublished 19 months ago by z92