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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.

Product Description

Product Description

8 years & up. Press and release the switch and watch the saucer rise into the air! Snap Circuits(R) use brightly-colored electronic components that snap onto a clear plastic base to build different circuits. Kit includes an instruction sheet for the main project and up to 10 additional projects! Requires 3-AA batteries (not included).


A short review cannot do justice to this well-conceived, well-made, and endlessly fascinating "toy"--actually a complete electronics lab that could absorb weeks in the life of anyone over the age of ten who doesn’t already have a degree in electronics. The 16-inch by 13-inch attaché case opens to reveal a 31-key programming keyboard and a bewildering array of connectors, switches, wires, transistors, diodes, and processors. At least they would be bewildering if it were not for three big books: Hardware Entry Course, Hardware Advanced Course, and Software Programming Course, which total about 300 dense pages detailing 500 projects (memory backups, car horn imitators, LED counters, ramp wave generators, you name it.) This bag of tricks can teach an immense amount about basic wiring, the properties of electricity, transmitters and receivers, programming, and much more. Six AA batteries required. --Richard Farr

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Product Dimensions 19 x 14.8 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 5 pounds
Shipping Weight 11 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Item model number MX-909
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #65,153 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#87 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Electronics
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4.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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This 500-in-1 kit has more features than the average attention span can handle (I won't re-hash the list here. You can find the complete list of projects online somewhere).

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.
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There are not many vendors of experimentation sets, and electronic sets in particular, left anymore. Most vanished to the begin of the 90th. There is Kosmos as the market leader, Busch, and Elenco, and a variety of small vendors who sell direct. The Elenco 500-in-One offers an amazing value for the amount of parts and scope of experiments one can do. Unfortunately, the instruction booklets are of little help. Each lab has a diagram and a few words of text. The diagram is sufficient to build the lab but the three words of text do nothing to explain why things work as they work. I think for a child or a teenager this set has value as it offers a lot of fun to build pretty complex and interesting electronic stuff, when compared to other experimentation kits, but does little for the education on learning how to develop your own. As a toy, it is a good alternative for some hands-on in a world of virtualization through game consoles, iPhone, and massive multiplayer online games.

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.
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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.
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