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New Product Roundup – March 30th

Time for another weekly New Product Roundup! This week we have five new items in the catalogue to share, a new product of the week, and a brand new tutorial for our Raspberry Pi Irrigation board – so let’s get to it!

New Products
To start, we have added a very basic, and economical, speaker for experimenting with audio outputs and sounds. Next up we have a new 3.5mm (1/8”) TRRS Stereo + Microphone solderable plug for making / repairing audio cables. To complement the plug, we also have a new panel mount TRRS Stereo + microphone jack – this is panel mountable and perfect for enclosures and boxes. Next, we have a set of big, beefy, pliers for not so delicate tasks. Finally, we have a tiny 30mm 5V cooling fan – ideal for our NES and SNES Raspberry Pi cases.

Product Of The Week
Product of the week is a popular one – the Arduino Micro – an Arduino that slots right into a solderless breadboard. 15% Off until Friday at Midnight – so don’t miss out!

New Tutorial
We have a new tutorial up this week: Raspberry Pi Irrigation Control – Part 1 . This tutorial is the first of a four part series which details building an Irrigation Controller with multiple zones, a configurable schedule, configurable run duration, and basic notification system.

Basic Speaker – 8 Ohm 0.5W (without wires)

This inexpensive small speaker is rated at 0.25W and has an impedance of 8 ohms. It is ideal for experimenting with or perfect for projects that need a bare bones speaker! There are two large solder pads on the back where wires can be easily attached.

Audio Plug – Stereo+Mic – 3.5mm

This TRRS 3.5mm Audio Plug (stereo audio + microphone) has a solder contact for each channel and a simple screw on plastic shroud to protect the connections. It is perfect for any project using a standard TRRS headphone jack.

Panel Mount Stereo+Mic Audio Jack – 3.5mm

This TRRS Panel Mount Jack is perfect for your next audio project! TRRS connectors are the audio-style connectors that you see on some phones, MP3 players and development boards. TRRS stands for “Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve,” which reflects the fact that, unlike a standard stereo connector, this actually has three conductors and a ground. Some devices use the extra conductor for a microphone (like hands-free headsets) or to carry a video signal (like in some MP3/MP4 players). This panel mount connector makes it easy to mount an external audio jack on your project. The jack needs ~7mm diameter hole and the back of the connector has four easily solderable connectors.

Long Nose Pliers – 6.5″

These large pliers measure 6.5” long and feature grippy rubber handles. The jaws of the pliers are quite long for their size – ideal for getting into tight places when smaller pliers won’t do!

5V Brushless DC Cooling Fan – 30mm

This tiny fan moves quite a bit of air for its size! The ability for air to cool an object is directly dependent of the air itself – so being able to move fresh cool air in to an enclosure or over a high heat component like a regulator, motor driver, or processor can make a big difference in its performance and longevity.

The fan measures 30 x 30mm and just 10mm thick. It operates on 5VDC and features a JST-XH connector on the end. These work well with our NES and SNES Raspberry Pi cases and clip right in to the holder inside. Each fan also includes 4 x M3 machine screws and 4 nuts for mounting in other applications.

New Tutorial!


Raspberry Pi Irrigation Control – Part 1
In this multipart project tutorial we will be building a Raspberry Pi based Irrigation Controller using our Raspberry Pi IrrigationHAT. Part one of this four part tutorial focuses on the assembly and hookup of the board. Interested? Head on over to the tutorial!

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