[SOLVED] Im a Beginner and Need Suggestions

DonovanH

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Ive been very strongly considering buying a raspberry 4 and a soldering kit cause i would like to jump into the world of amateur electrical engineering/experimenting with circuts and custom scripted tasks . i know what kind of raspberry pi i want to get (still open to suggestions) but i need advice on a decent quality soldering iron set i could buy. im comfortable paying upwards of $50ish for a good quality/relatively durable kit to buy online but flexible on that if its real real good :p.
 

kanewolf

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Ive been very strongly considering buying a raspberry 4 and a soldering kit cause i would like to jump into the world of amateur electrical engineering/experimenting with circuts and custom scripted tasks . i know what kind of raspberry pi i want to get (still open to suggestions) but i need advice on a decent quality soldering iron set i could buy. im comfortable paying upwards of $50ish for a good quality/relatively durable kit to buy online but flexible on that if its real real good :p.
Experimenting is usually done with a breadboard -- https://www.allelectronics.com/item/pb-1680/breadboard-1680-contacts/1.html
No soldering required. The leads of the components fit into the holes and make contact with traces below. Then jumper wires connect the components.
If you really WANT to solder then you can use something like this -- https://www.allelectronics.com/item/sbb-4/snappable-breadboard/1.html
The next step up would be to buy solid copper PCB boards and etch your circuit design on them -- https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-Copper-Board-Double/dp/B000Q8SIFK
 
You don't have to solder, you can use a breadboard. I did so.

I don't care what it looks like, only functionality. I installed 3 LEDs that tell me in what state the RPI is in, booting, done loading OS and ready to be shut down. Useful when running without monitor-connection.
I also had to get cables or whatever they are called and a couple resistances to lower the wattage to not blow up LEDs.

Alot easier to troubleshoot because nothing is permanently soldered or anything. And reusable.
 

kanewolf

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Ive been very strongly considering buying a raspberry 4 and a soldering kit cause i would like to jump into the world of amateur electrical engineering/experimenting with circuts and custom scripted tasks . i know what kind of raspberry pi i want to get (still open to suggestions) but i need advice on a decent quality soldering iron set i could buy. im comfortable paying upwards of $50ish for a good quality/relatively durable kit to buy online but flexible on that if its real real good :p.
Experimenting is usually done with a breadboard -- https://www.allelectronics.com/item/pb-1680/breadboard-1680-contacts/1.html
No soldering required. The leads of the components fit into the holes and make contact with traces below. Then jumper wires connect the components.
If you really WANT to solder then you can use something like this -- https://www.allelectronics.com/item/sbb-4/snappable-breadboard/1.html
The next step up would be to buy solid copper PCB boards and etch your circuit design on them -- https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-Copper-Board-Double/dp/B000Q8SIFK
 

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