Mindsets Fake Car Alarm Solder Kit

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About this product


  • Warn off possible thieves with this fake car alarm
  • Protect your car with this flashing red LED circuit
  • Fun and easy to solder with 15 parts

Product overview

• Warn off possible thieves with this fake car alarm
• Protect your car with this flashing red LED circuit
• Fun and easy to solder with 15 parts
• Required a 5-18V power supply

What can I make with this kit?
Make car thieves think twice with this fake car alarm. The kit uses a low powered LED that blinks on and off and gives the impression of an active alarm system protecting your car. This simple kit comes with 15 parts, and is perfect for those just starting in electronics and even those who want to add some deterrent to their car. With a 45mm x 25mm board, you can fit this kit in almost anywhere.

How does this kit work?
Use the capacitors, resistors, and a microchip to create a circuit that makes the LED flash. The LED flashes when the power to the LED is turned on and off repeatedly. The LED uses very little power to keep battery power sources going longer. This kit requires a soldering iron and solder, and may require wire cutters.

How easy is this kit to solder?
This kit is easy to solder for any ability level and gives you a great introduction to a lot of basic parts. Once you’ve built the kit, you can add a professional looking enclosure (not included) to make it look just like a real alarm with just the LED visible. This kit runs of a 5-18V power supply (not included) and comes with a 9V battery clip.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple to make and has a bright flashing LED, But....... Very easy to make, just need wire cutters and a small pair of pliers to bend and form the resistor component leads . I built this circuit in about 10-15 minutes. Connected up a 9V battery.... NO flashing LED! I checked the circuit against the supplied diagram and instructions could not find anything wrong. I had a spare LED so I put it across the existing LED to see if the supplied LED was working....found the problem, the silk screening on the PCB showing the LED mounting is back to front!!!...turned the LED around LED started to flash - Maplin you need to correct /highlight this issue!
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real or Fake? Are you sure? Easy to build and produces a bright flash roughly every second on a PP3 battery. Put into a suitable small box it has the desired effect of putting uncertainty in the mind of a thief. Well worth its price.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fake car alarm kit Very easy kit to solder together! I needed a kit to flash a Red Led at a very low current for very long periods with-out flattening my Battery, so warning a potential thief that my Car is Armed. It works off the 6v available from my Car-Alarms Led Output wires! It is Very Bright Especially at Night! So Jog-On Car Thieves!
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from waste of time for me, i bought this kit and solder and a soldering iron (with adjustable heat setting). soldered it all together to find nothing happens, no idea if its my soldering or faulty part. Moderator note: It is recommended that customers contact the maplin technical team if an issue is experienced with a product. They can be contacted via email, phone or via the forum and they will be more than happy to assist.
Date published: 2012-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not bad I had to buy 2 my first time round as i burnt my first one out as i shorted the wires with my fingers when i pluged it in but the second one worked fine. I use them on custom intruder alarms for sheds, generators etc and works well when pluged into the intruder alarm power.
Date published: 2014-06-16
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Product Specifications

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Do you have a LED Bezel available that is compatible with the LED on this kit?

Asked by: Chris
On this occasion, Maplin does not stock a product that exactly meets your requirements, or indeed anything close enough to offer you as an alternative.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-10-25

could i add an aditional led so 2 in total?

Asked by: ssteven
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item, as this is not the manner for which it was designed to be used.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-10-12

What is the frequency of the flashes

Asked by: Gazza
This will depend on the voltage provided, at 5V this would be around 1.5hz
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-03-09

What is the average current/power consumption assuming it's wired up to car 12V battery?

Asked by: The Goose
This is approximately 0.02A.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-07-17

Do you have a circuit diagram of this kit ideally to download MAP 415

Asked by: Paul
Yes, we have a PDF of this please email Technical@maplin.co.uk to obtain a copy.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-07-17

can this unit be used on a morotcycle under the sat, as the previous owner removed the alarm but left a water profed LED in the tail.
Asked by: josh
Yes the product does support that.
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17

how is this switched on or off ?
Asked by: douglas
This is wired into the vehicles ignition.
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

How easy is it to fit the system, do you have to drill any holes on the dashboard
Asked by: wayne
You will need to drill a hole for the led.
Answered by: TJ
Date published: 2015-07-17
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