We’re surrounded by electronics these days. Did you ever wonder how it all worked? Do you know just
enough about electricity to be dangerous? Would you like to learn more? Then this book is for you.
There are many excellent textbooks on how electricity works. This is not one of them. This book
helps you get started learning about electricity and electronics by showing you how to set up your own
electronics laboratory. You might have guessed that from the title.
Along the way, several simple exercises are presented to show you some basic concepts about
how electricity works in the real world—not just in a lecture hall. By the time you get done reading this
short book, you’ll have a good idea of where to begin and what kinds of tools and components you might
need, and you’ll have some excellent advice about how to keep it all organized.
Once you’ve got your own space set up to perform your electronic experiments, the sky is the
Here’s what you have to look forward to in this book, one chapter at a time.
So you're interested in Arduino or making your own robots -- but where do you start? What parts are essential, and which are just nice to have? And how do you organize it all?
Dale Wheat, the author of Arduino Internals, will show you how to build your own electronics lab complete with tools, parts, and power sources. You'll learn how to create a portable lab, a small lab to save space, and even a lab for small groups and classrooms.
You'll learn which parts and tools are indispensable no matter what type projects you're working on: which soldering irons are best, which tools, cables, and testing equipment you'll need. You'll also learn about different chips, boards, sensors, power sources, and which ones you'll want to keep on hand.
Finally, you'll learn how to assemble everything for the type of lab best suited to your needs. If you need to carry everything to your local makerspace, you can build the Portable Lab. If you plan to tinker at home or in the garage, there is the Corner Lab. If you're going to run your own local makerspace or you need to set up a lab to teach others, there is the Small-Group Lab.
No matter what your gadgeteering needs may be, Building Your Own Electronics Lab will show you exactly how to put it all together so you have what you need to get started.
What you’ll learn
Essential components of every electronics lab, and how to get them without going broke
The differences between types of electronics parts, accessories, and tools you may need
Designing a lab for portability
Designing a lab to save space
Designing a lab to share space and resources
Who this book is for
Electronics hobbyists, Arduino enthusiasts, hardware hackers, ham radio tinkerers, or anyone wanting to build their own makerspace.
Table of Contents
Planning Your Electronics Workshop
Parts – Both Spare and Not-so-Spare
Appendix: Getting Started with Tool-Building