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New Product Roundup – December 2nd to December 8th

Happy Saturday everyone! We are back with our weekly roundup of new products and other news for the first full week of December. Several new items were added to the site – and a bunch more were restocked. We had quite a few larger shipments arrive in the last couple days, with a few more arriving early next week. So keep an eye on the website for all of that!

New Products
So what was added? Well we have 5mm bright LEDs in several colors. These are unbranded, but overall are quite nice. Next, we have a new Micro Gearmotor with threaded shaft rated at 300 RPM @ 12V, a 43mm wheel with a soft rubber tire, and by popular request, a 50’ Cat6 Ethernet Cable. We also noticed a few of our ceramic screwdrivers were not up on the site – two more of those were added. And finally, we have an updated product: Adafruit Smoked Case for the Raspberry Pi A+ / 3A+.

Product Of The Week
Product of the week is our Float Switch – Side Mount – a simple magnetic float switch that can be mounted in the side of a tank to indicate whether or not water is at that level. The Float Switch – Side Mount is 15% Off until Friday at midnight!

Alright lets go have a quick look at the new products!

5mm White LED

This 5mm White LED is fairly bright, and easy to work with. The forward voltage is 3.1V with a current consumption of 20mA.

5mm Yellow LED

While it is called “Yellow”, like most in this color range, this 5mm Yellow LED is definitely an orange yellow. The forward voltage is 1.8V with a current consumption of 20mA.

5mm Red LED

This 5mm Red LED is fairly bright, and easy to work with. The forward voltage is 1.7V with a current consumption of 20mA.

5mm Green LED

These 5mm LEDs are a nice emerald green – not that yellow green of some LEDs. The forward voltage is 3.2V with a current consumption of 20mA.

5mm Blue LED

Just like the other LEDs above, this 5mm Blue LED is bright and easy to work with. The forward voltage is 3.2V with a current consumption of 20mA.

Micro Gearmotor with Threaded Shaft – 300RPM

This tiny gearmotor is very unique – instead of a standard output shaft, this motor features a 55mm M4 threaded shaft. The output shaft is driven by a standard N20 motor and gearbox combination which reduces the output shaft speed to just 300 RPM at 12V.

Ceramic Screwdriver – Flat 1.3mm YR-034B

Ceramic screwdrivers are extremely useful to have around the workbench. These are specifically designed for tuning and adjusting electrically sensitive equipment as they are anti-static, non-conductive, and anti-magnetic.

43mm Wheel

Get your robot moving with these low cost wheels! The wheels are a two part assembly consisting of a plastic wheel and a nice squishy tire. Overall, the wheel and tire measure 43mm in diameter with a thickness of 17.5mm.

50′ Cat6 Ethernet Cable

This high quality Cat6 Ethernet Cable measures 50′ in length and features a moulded snagless boot on each end, Black PVC Jacket, 50 micron gold-plated RJ45 contacts, and Meets or exceeds all Cat6 TIA/EIA standards.

Ceramic Screwdriver – Flat 1.8mm YR-034C

Ceramic screwdrivers are extremely useful to have around the workbench. This specific size is a Flat 1.8mm – we use these for adjusting tiny multi-turn trim pots – no need to power down to make an adjustment! They are also ideal for adjusting components in high frequency circuits.

Raspberry Pi A+ / 3A+ Case – Smoked

This Adafruit case is designed for the “A” version of the Raspberry Pi – meaning it fits the brand new Raspberry Pi 3A+. Made of ultra-durable, super-glossy polycarbonate, this case is tough enough to keep your Pi safe even if you toss into your book bag or toolbox.

New Tutorial!


Using an Ultrasonic Distance Sensor With Arduino
In this tutorial we will be looking at how to use an Ultrasonic Sensor to measure distance using an Arduino. These sensors are generally inexpensive, fairly accurate, and not affected by lighting conditions like infrared based systems. We will be looking at three Ultrasonic sensors, these are all code compatible but require subtle changes in the wiring due to differing pinouts. Interested? Head on over to the tutorial!

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