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Electronics Safety Lesson: Guard against Static Discharge

If you touch a sensitive electronic component such as a transistor or an integrated circuit when your body is carrying static electricity, the discharge can be more than annoying; it can fry the innards [more…]

What Can You Do with Electronics?

The amazing thing about electronics is that it's being used today to do things that weren't even imaginable just a few years ago. Here’s very brief overview of some of the basic things you can do with [more…]

Look inside Electronic Devices

Have you ever taken apart an electronic device that no longer works, like an old clock radio or VHS tape player, just to see what it looks like on the inside? [more…]

Set Up Your Electronics Lab

You can build a fancy electronics workbench in your garage or in a spare room, but if you don't have that much space, you can set up an ad-hoc electronics lab just about anywhere. All you need is a place [more…]

Equip Your Electronics Lab

Like any hobby, electronics has its own special tools and supplies. You don't need to run out and buy everything all at once, but here are some of the essentials you'll need at your disposal. [more…]

Soldering Equipment and Supplies for Your Electronics Lab

Soldering is one of the basic techniques used to assemble electronic circuits. The purpose of soldering is to make a permanent connection between two conductors — usually between two wires or between a [more…]

Basic Hand Tools for Your Electronics Lab

Electronics has its own special tools and supplies. For starters, you'll need a basic set of hand tools. Specifically, you'll need these items: [more…]

Magnifiers, Third Hands, and Vises for Your Electronics Lab

Some of the most helpful items you can have in your electronics tool arsenal magnifying glasses and things to hold your work for you. After all, electronic stuff is small. Resistors, diodes, and transistors [more…]

Test Your Electronics Circuits Using a Solderless Breadboard

A solderless breadboard — usually just called a breadboard — is a must for experimenting with electronic circuit layouts. A breadboard is a board that has holes in which you can insert either wires or [more…]

Stock Up on Wire for Your Electronics Projects

One of the most important items to have on hand in your electronics lab is wire, which is simply a length of a conductor, usually made out of copper but sometimes made of aluminum or some other metal. [more…]

Add Basic Electronic Components to Your Electronics Workbench

To get started building electronic circuits, you'll need to gather a collection of inexpensive electronic components like resistors and capacitors, diodes and transistors. You don't have to buy everything [more…]

Basic Electronic Components and What They Do

You will work with a number of basic electronic components when building electronic circuits, including resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits. Here is a brief overview of [more…]

Electronics Safety Lesson: Household Electrical Current Can Kill You!

To stay safe while you experiment with electronics, it is important to remember that electricity is dangerous and when you work with electronics, you work with electricity. Here are some safety tips for [more…]

Electronics Safety Lesson: Small Voltages Can Hurt You

When you work with electronic circuits, you work with electricity. Most electronics projects are low voltage – 6-9 volts. However, it's possible to injure yourself with voltages even as low as six volts [more…]

Electronics Safety Lesson: Voltage Hides in Unexpected Places

One of the biggest shock risks in electronics comes from voltages that you didn't expect to be present. It's easy enough to keep your eye on the voltages that you know about, such as in your power supply [more…]

Electronics Safety Lesson: Stay Safe by Staying Dry

Electronics technology is built upon the science of electricity. So whenever you are working with electronic circuits, remember that you are working with electricity and you must be sure to take every [more…]

Electronics Safety Lesson: Use and Store Tools Properly

Electric shock isn't the only danger you'll encounter when you work with electronics. You also run the risk of burns and cuts, chemical exposure, and little hands getting into things they shouldn’t. Does [more…]

Electronics Safety Lesson: Keep Safety Equipment on Hand

In spite of every precaution you might take, accidents are bound to happen as you work with electronics. Other than preventing an accident from happening in the first place, the best strategy for dealing [more…]

How a Solderless Breadboard Can Help You Test Electronic Circuits

The beauty of working with a solderless breadboard to test your electronic circuit designs is that if the circuit doesn't work the way you expect it to, you can make changes to the circuit simply by pulling [more…]

Electronics Schematics: The Blueprint of an Electronic Circuit

Electronics schematic diagrams are used to design electronic circuits, just as blueprints are used to design buildings. There are very simple schematics and very complex ones and every complexity in between [more…]

Electronics Schematics: Crossing Your Wires

The lines in all but the simplest of electronics schematic diagrams will at some places need to cross over each other. When they do, it's vital that you can tell whether the lines that cross represent [more…]

Electronics Schematics: Ground and Power Connections

In many electronic circuits, the distribution of voltage connections is one of the most complicated aspects of the circuit. In a more complicated circuit, there can be dozens or even hundreds of power [more…]

What Is the Difference between Electronic and Electrical Devices?

When the field of electronics was invented in 1883, electrical devices had already been around for at least 100 years. For example: [more…]

Electronic Basics: Electrical Current

The current in electronic circuits is usually much smaller than current in electrical devices like light bulbs and hair dryers. Either way, current is what happens when the random exchange of electrons [more…]

The Process of Building an Electronic Project

The heart of electronics is building things. The reason for learning all the theory is so you can practice the art by actually building circuits and putting them to use. Electronic projects typically follow [more…]

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