The Arduino microcontroller is a popular board which touts impressive, and near limitless, capabilities. However, it’s decidedly more difficult to get started with than a Raspberry Pi. Largely, this derives from the sheer array of Arduino boards on the market. A kit makes getting started with an Arduino more manageable. I was lucky enough to get hands-on with the Elegoo UNO R3 complete starter kit and was blown away. It’s arguably the best kit on the market for delving into the Arduino space.
What is the Elegoo Arduino UNO R3 Project Complete Starter Kit?
As the name suggests, the Elegoo Arduino UNO R3 Project Complete Starter Kit is an all-in-one solution for spinning up Arduino projects. Inside, you’ll find an Arduino UNO R3 controller and USB cable. There’s an included CD with a tutorial, and code for how to use the various modules. Modules are pre-soldered and require simple wiring. What really sets the Elegoo UNO R3 complete starter kit apart is that is features a whopping 200 plus components. This lends compatible with loads of Arduino products.
Elegoo Arduino UNO R3 Project Complete Starter Kit inclusions:
- 5pcs White LED
- 5pcs Yellow LED
- 5pcs Blue LED
- 5pcs Green LED
- 5pcs Red LED
- 1pcs RGB LED
- 5pcs 22pf Ceramic Capacitor
- 5pcs 104 Ceramic Capacitor
- 2pcs Photoresistor
- 1pcs Thermistor
- 5pcs Diode Rectifier (1N4007)
- 2pcs Electrolytic Capacitor (10UF 50V)
- 2pcs Electrolytic Capacitor (100UF 50V)
- 5pcs NPN Transistor (PN2222)
- 5pcs NPN Transistor (S8050)
- 1pcs Tilt Switch
- 5pcs Button (small)
- 1pcs 1 digit 7-segment Display
- 1pcs 4 digit 7-segment Display
- 1pcs Sound Sensor Module
- 1pcs LCD1602 Module ( with pin header)
- 1pcs IC L293D
- 1pcs IC 74HC595
- 1pcs Active Buzzer
- 1pcs Passive Buzzer
- 1pcs RTC Module
- 1pcs DHT11 Temperature and Humidity Module
- 2pcs Potentiometer
- 1pcs Rotary Encoder Module
- 1pcs Joystick Module
- 1pcs Keypad Module
- 1pcs 5V Relay
Bundled in its kit, Elegoo provides a helpful disc complete with lesson plans and code libraries. These start with fairly basic tasks like blinking an LED and proceed through more advanced topics such as connecting an LCD display, a real time clock module, and stepper motor. While I appreciated the bevy of hardware accessories, the software lessons and code snippets truly jumpstarted my Arduino experimentation.
Packaging is among the best I’ve seen. There’s a premium-feeling plastic case complete with parts and pieces logically and carefully stored in various compartments. It’s a solid solution to keeping your Arduino projects organized.