Velleman Christmas Tree Solder Kit

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About this product

Overview

  • Make your own 100mm desktop Christmas tree with flashing red LEDs
  • Simple and fun to solder with 35 parts
  • Requires a 9V battery (not included, Order Code L46AL)

Product overview

• Make your own 100mm desktop Christmas tree with flashing red LEDs
• Simple and fun to solder with 35 parts
• Requires a 9V battery (not included, Order Code L46AL)

What can I create with this solder kit?
Make a brilliant Christmas tree for practically anywhere with this Christmas tree solder kit (manufactures code MK100). Standing at just 100mm tall this display is perfect for adding holiday cheer with its flashing 16 red LED display. The kit stands upright on its own and has an easily accessible on/off switch. The 35 parts come together to create this great Christmas tree to get you into the holiday spirit.

What can I learn with this kit?
Practise soldering and learn about electronics and circuits with this Christmas tree kit which uses resistors, capacitors, transistors, and LEDs. Learn how they are connected in a circuit and get practical experience soldering them to create flashing LED lights for your Christmas tree. Experiment with different ways of wiring to create a different effect for your LEDs each time. This kit requires a soldering iron and solder and may require wire cutters.

How easy is this kit to solder?
Simple to solder, this kit is ideal for beginners learning about electronics. Creating the Christmas tree is just the beginning. You could create a display (not included) for the tree and create a holder or pot for it to protect the electronics or stamp your own mark on the kit. It runs off a DC 9V power supply and comes with a holder for a 9V (PP3) battery (battery not included).

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Quality Have had many Maplin electronic kits for kids over the years, but this was the first (and will be the last) by Velleman. Quality was disappointing, particularly on the PCB, and not robust enough for a child. My son has been soldering these kits since he was 7 without problem, and now at 10 has improved significantly. But for this kit, despite correct wattage soldering iron and a good soldering technique the tracks on the PCB have a tendency to lift or break on minimal contact. Also if the components are not perfectly fitted, when a child is fitting the battery they cannot help but put a bit of pressure on an LED, and you guessed it, again the tracks rip from the PCB. A great project idea, but unless you're prepared to either have a disappointed child or spend time bridging the broken tracks, one to be avoided. Stick with bread board.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good kit for teaching children to solder I bough this kit for my 9yr old who had never soldered before. After doing some test solders on an old board an components they were able to proceed with this kit. With a little of my help they were able to make the board up with only one error that was easily corrected with a solder sucker! Powered on and worked first time. Would recommend as a festive gift for any parent who wants to get their child interested in Electronics. Build quality good, instructions clear and easy to follow. Would buy again.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good buy. Clear instructions, easy assembly, no problems with pads. Should be added on/off switch. Kit gave a lot of joy at work. :D
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be better. As the previous reviewer found, the tracks came off easily, however, it still worked and was a fun pre-christmas project to do with my 6 and 12 year old to introduce them to soldering (which they loved.) Would love some more projects like this but with better PCB.
Date published: 2014-12-08
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Specification

Operating Specifications

Current:

4 mAmA

Product Specifications

Soldering Required:

Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Width:

60mm

Depth:

100mm

Height:

25mm

Does it matter which way the bands face when soldering a resistors ?

Asked by: Anonymous
No resistors can be soldered either way as they have no polarity.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-12-11
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