Freetronics: Arduino-Compatible Electronics Kits & Parts

Here at Freetronics we design, sell and support our range of flexible, easy to use boards and modules, making it easy for you to build your own electronic projects.

What Is Arduino? Arduino is a very popular and easy to use programmable board for creating your own projects. Consisting of a simple hardware platform and a free source code editor with an easy “one-click compile/upload” feature, it’s designed to be really easy to use without being an expert programmer. Arduino is also the most popular microcontroller board for advanced users and all kinds of more ambitious projects.... Read more

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Arduino Kits Online

Looking for an Arduino kit online then you have come to the right place. We design, sell and supply electronic components which are arduino components.
For Arduino kits in Melbourne then always go for Freetronics.

Arduino parts online

If you need Arduino parts online our store has a wide range of kits and parts. Arduino melbourne, arduino uno, arduino duemilanove usb

Arduino duemilanove

We have lots of Arduino electronic components like ethernet shield, arduino mega usb and buy usbdroid

Microcontroller Boards

We sell a huge range of microcontroller boards which will be compatible with adruino electronic components

News

January 31, 2020

Coronavirus and electronics production

I'm sure you've heard of the crazy coronavirus epidemic that's rapidly spreading around the world, and has now been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

One of the areas that has been hardest hit by the virus is the city of Wuhan, on the Yangtze River in east-central China. Wuhan went into a state of lockdown on January 23rd, with businesses closed and everyone told to stay home and avoid contact with other people.

China is taking this threat extremely seriously, responding on a scale that I don't think would be possible in any other country. I don't know of anywhere else in the world that could build entire 1000-bed hospitals from the ground up in 6 days, just to respond to a sudden medical need. If anyone can face a challenge like this, it's the Chinese.

The primary focus has to be on the health of those in the affected areas, of course. So far I haven't heard of any of my Chinese colleagues being infected, and I hope it stays that way.

Bare PCBs for both Freetronics and SuperHouse products are mostly produced by Gold Phoenix, which is located in Wuhan, right in the bullseye of the epidemic. Like almost all businesses in Wuhan, Gold Phoenix has told workers to stay home and stay safe.

Some of our prototype PCBs are produced in factories around the city of Shenzhen, in southern China just over the border from Hong Kong. Those factories are currently closed too.

Our PCBA (PCB Assembly, which includes pick-and-place installation of parts on the boards) and final testing and packaging is done in Beijing, which has now also gone into lockdown. Not only are factories closed, but roads out of the cities have been closed to prevent the spread of infection so any boards that have aleady been produced are stuck in warehouses.

There are currently batches of EtherMega and EtherTen boards that were scheduled to ship a few days ago, but they are now caught up in the lockdown and can't leave Beijing.

So over the next little while there will probably be stock problems for both Freetronics and SuperHouse. Please be patient while I do my best to assemble what I can using local stock of bare PCBs and parts, and keep in mind the millions of people who are now stuck at home with dwindling food supplies. It may be frustrating that products are out of stock, but that's really not important when the health of so many people is at stake.

June 12, 2019

Broken links on the Freetronics site

You may have noticed problems getting to some pages on our site, particularly if you used a link that's printed on a PCB.

We've had problems with the domain registrar for the ".com" version of our domain name, which has meant it's been offline for several weeks. Our site normally uses the ".com.au" version of our domain, but many of our products have URLs printed on them that point to the ".com" version of the URL because it's shorter and easier to fit on the PCB. There are also nearly 4000 internal links on our site that point to it.

We've been fixing internal links as quickly as we can, but there's nothing we can do about URLs printed on the hundreds of thousands of PCBs that we've shipped over the years.

Don't worry! All the pages are still there, and if you find a broken link you can still get to the page by simply adding the ".au" to the URL in your browser.

For example, if you were trying to get to the address "www.freetronics.com/leostick", simply change it to "www.freetronics.com.au/leostick" and everything should be fine.

We're really sorry about the inconvenience. Hopefully the .com version of our domain will be back and working very soon.

April 04, 2019

Shipping closed until Wednesday, April 10th 2019

I'm treating myself to a looooong weekend, so I won't be shipping any orders for the Freetronics and SuperHouse online stores for a few days.

I'll be shipping again from next Wednesday, so if you place an order now I'll ship it then.

November 29, 2018

Shipping closed during December 2018

During December I'll be taking a break from shipping orders from the Freetronics and SuperHouse online stores.

Any orders placed after December 4th, 2018 will be shipped right after Christmas, hopefully around December 28th and 29th. If you want to get something in time for Christmas, make sure you place your order now!

I'll be back with new products and more videos on the SuperHouse YouTube channel after Christmas.

See you then!

August 12, 2018

Live Q&A with Vela Georgiev about visiting Chinese electronics factories

In November 2017, Vela Georgiev took a group of engineers to China for a tour through a variety of factories and the famous Huaqiangbei electronics markets. The group visited Seeed Studio, ITEAD, the Shenzhen Maker Faire, the LiFX factory, Hytera EMS, and many other fascinating places to learn about rapid prototyping, low/high volume manufacturing, hardware focused business accelerators, and successful electronics startups.

Vela will be interviewed live on YouTube by Freetronics founder Jonathan Oxer, and will share her plans for doing it all again on the HardworX Shenzhen Innovation Tour 2018.

Join the livestream to ask questions about the tour, or about electronics manufacturing in general. Vela will take questions via live chat so if there's anything you've wanted to know about how electronics is manufactured at scale or how you can take your idea and turn it into a product, this is your chance to ask.

If you're interested in electronics, the Innovation Tour could be one of the most important events you ever take part in.

To see the livestream or watch it later, subscribe to Jonathan's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/superhousetv and also click the bell icon so that you will be notified when the livestream starts.

The livestream will begin at 8pm Monday 13 August. A few representative timezones around the world:

  • Melbourne: 8pm Monday 13 August
  • London: 11am Monday 13 August
  • Hong Kong: 6pm Monday 13 August
  • New York: 6am Monday 13 August
  • Los Angeles: 3am Monday 13 August

August 07, 2018

New Stock!

We have recently completed a large production run, which means lots of items are back in stock! Items back in stock include our Experimenter's Kit, EtherMega, EtherTenPiBreak PlusUSB Serial Adapter and our popular Power-over-Ethernet Regulator 802.3af. With plenty of new stock available for purchase now is the perfect time to start on a new project! If you are struggling to think of project ideas have a browse through our blog

Experimenter's Kit

POEREG

EtherTen

 

Already working on  a project you want us to feature in this blog? Know someone who has been anxiously waiting for one of these products to come back in stock? Let us know in the comments section below, Facebook, Twitter or on our brand new Instagram.   

July 23, 2018

Project Showcase: LED Gyro Sphere

At Freetronics we get a lot of joy from seeing our products being used in all sorts of cool projects and applications. Recently we received an email from Instructables member TechKiwiGadgets who shared with us his LED Gyro Sphere which features our Microphone Sound Input Module and was the Runner Up in the 2017 Instructables Arduino Contest.     


The sphere consists of 130 colored LEDs which fit into a specially designed 3D printed case and are controlled by a number of different sensors including a gyroscope and the Freetronics Microphone. There are an almost endless list of visual effects that the sphere can display including a gyroscope driven “rolling colour change” and various sound meter displays.  

System Architecture

To find out more about how you can build your own LED Gyro Sphere, checkout the following link.

If you are looking for a Microphone to use in your projects why not checkout our Microphone Sound Input Module. The module provides two inputs: one providing the raw audio waveform, and one providing the sound pressure level (SPL) providing maximum flexibility for your projects. If you want to process the audio waveform directly you can use the MIC output, or if you just want to detect sound level (for example, to detect noise above a certain threshold) you can use the SPL output.

Microphone

The module also features a “DETECT” LED which illuminates proportionally to the detected sound pressure, providing quick and simple visual feedback that the module is working. This module is great value at only $7! For full details visit the product page.

Working on a project that you think could be featured in this blog? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook and Twitter.  

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