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New Product Roundup – May 11th

It’s Saturday and that means we are back with another New Product Roundup! This week we have five new items in the catalogue, a new tutorial, and a new Product Of The Week with 50% Off! Let’s go have a look!

New Products
New to the catalogue this week: We have a giant anodized aluminum heatsink measuring 40x40mm. Coincidently these are the exact same size as our Peltier elements – naturally, we had a bit of fun with fans and heatsinks seeing just how cold we could get a Peltier to go. In the Arduino category we released a new prototyping board for the Arduino Mega family of boards – the DevMega is designed here at BC Robotics and is a combination of solderable breadboard / Arduino Mega shield with a few solder jumpers to make things easier. Next up, was a snappy round On/Off button – these latching buttons are similar to the type you find in large flashlights and have large solderable tabs. We also added a new GT2 Idler Pulley – these have press fit bearings and are ideal for belt tensioners and idlers. Finally, we now have a 3 x 18650 battery pack. These take 18650 lithium batteries and connect three in series to provide a voltage of approximately 11.1V
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New Tutorial: Raspberry Pi Irrigation – Part 3

Part three of our Raspberry Pi Irrigation tutorial is now up! In this tutorial we are going to figure out how to write a program that will run our sprinklers, monitor a few of our sensors, and email us once it has finished running. We will also figure out how to schedule this program so it only runs when we want it to – what good would a sprinkler system be if it can’t follow your watering schedule! Interested? Head on over to the tutorial!

New Product Roundup – May 4th

Happy Saturday everyone – we are back with another edition of our New Product Roundup! This week we have 6 new products, exciting news about changes to our Product of the Week promotion and, of course, a reminder that our $2.00 Light Packet shipping is back for the entire month of May!

New to the Catalogue:
Starting off this week, we have two more mid-sized DC gearmotors. These are now available in 60RPM and 620RPM versions. They feature M3 mounting screws and the same output shaft as the 12RPM we released last week. We also added a handy set of trim pots – 100 pieces with 10 different values. Next up we have a new CDS photocell – perfect for light detecting projects and basic light level sensing. Adding to our collection of Dupont connector housings – we now have 5 pin versions available for building custom connectors and cable assemblies. And finally, we have a colorful breadboard friendly button pack. These buttons are momentary with detachable button caps.
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Toonie May – Light Packet Shipping

Get prepared for all of your summer electronics projects with $2.00 Light Packet Shipping! That’s right Canada – discount small item shipping is back for the entire month of May!

The Light Packet shipping option is available for over 950 items in our catalogue. These are small items that can ship by padded envelope and include everything from Adafruit Breakout Boards, mini Microcontrollers and Breakaway Headers to LEDs and Prototyping Materials. Don’t let that one missing part hold up your project any longer!

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New Product Roundup – April 27th

It is Saturday, and time for our weekly New Product Roundup! Just a few new items for this post-Easter short week. We have a flexible solar panel, a new fuse holder, a very slow DC gearmotor, and a new Product of the Week – so let’s go have a look!

New to the Catalogue:
Starting off, we have a new flexible solar panel. This very thin panel is sandwiched between flexible polymers and can be bent and formed to fit curved surfaces. The panels themselves are not terribly large and can be connected to create higher voltages or higher currents. Next up we have a breadboard / perfboard compatible fuse holder for 5 x 20mm glass fuses. The casing is plastic and has a nice cover that snaps closed. Finally, we have a new DC Gearmotor. This motor is slow – just 12RPM at 12VDC. It is ideal for applications where rotational speeds need to be low. Running at a lower voltage (or driving with a motor driver) will achieve even slower rotational speeds.
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New Product Roundup – April 20th

Happy Easter everyone! Just a quick reminder: we are closed today for the Easter Holiday but will be open on Monday with normal business hours. With that out of the way – we have 7 new products and a new product of the week to share!

New Products
To start off, we have a new telephone style keypad – these are perfect for projects that require some form of numerical input. We also added a 16 pin dip that is actually just a nice enclosed pack of 8 560 Ohm resistors. Next up, a simple bracket for holding HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensors. These are clear acrylic and allow the sensor to be easily mounted. Speaking of holding things in place, we have also added a 40 piece set of M2 screws and nuts. Next, we have the SparkFun Pocket AVR Programmer – these are perfect for programming ATMEGA328’s and ATTINY85’s (and many others!). Finally, we have two new cables: A spare AVR programming cable with 6 and 10 pin programming ports and a 3’ USB A to mini-B (also used with the Pocket AVR Programmer).
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