Arduino might be confusing in the beginning. We all know that and know that especially given it is every so often self-learning platform, people are even more confused as there is no direct person-to-person recommendation. And you want to start learning straight away and the question arises - what do I need to do it and what will I need for the coming weeks? We will try our best to answer those questions and guide you through the kits that we offer.
Arduino official versus Arduino compatible
The first and the utmost question arises straight away - should I buy an original kit or any of the compatible ones? There are several elements that one have to take into consideration before deciding on that and the answer might differ depending on the preferences.
Original kit comes equipped with the booklet of 15 classes developed by the Arduino team. The classes are supported by various materials on the Arduino page. There is almost a guarantee that you will go through those first 15 classes without any major technical problems.
Arduino compatible kits come with a wide array of online material including our tutorial of 20 classes for starters. Arduino is one of the best covered platforms in terms of community and forum support. If you encounter any problems even without official materials you should be ok to get by. Sometimes it might take a bit longer as you might need to wait for an answer from a forum.
Verdict: slight (but only slight) indication towards the official kit (and only for beginners with limited guidance), given the guaranteed quality of materials at hand - might have some impact for total beginners to electronics and programming
Arduino official is a symbol of quality. Nothing should go wrong and if it does, you should be entitled to reclamation (unless you started jumping on the board or burnt or any other extreme case). Of course that matters the most with the board itself, however has some significance when it comes to sensors and other components. No one likes when some sensor doesn´t work straight out of the box, and this should never happen with the official kit.
Compatibles are very reliable, and in principle you shouldn´t worry too much about quality. That contributes to such a large popularity of this solution. Nonetheless, there is no explanation needed to show what might be the fault rate difference between quality-assured original and the compatible board. Very often it is even not about faulty element, more an issue of an outdated driver, potentially slightly different bootloader. All of these are small things, but if you are a total beginner you might find them a little bit overwhelming.
Verdict: slight (but only slight) indication towards the official kit (and only for beginners with limited guidance), rarely something will not work with the compatible, but sometimes the configuration might require some additional work which can be confusing
Choice of elements and variants
Arduino Uno official comes with one set of components. As you can see in the below table this set is quite comprehensive, but there is limited flexibility as to choice. Obviously, there are more advanced sets equipped with other boards, which we will cover over the coming weeks. However, for Uno the choice is limited to very strong option of the Starter Kit.
For Arduino Uno compatible kits you have a wide range of choice - from mini up to XXL kit, which should cover the needs of the more advanced users. Again, flexibility and variability can be a great advantage, but there certain knowledge required to leverage it.
Verdict: slight indication towards the compatible clone kits (mainly for more advanced users), if you want to customize or decide on which components you might need - you will have significantly more options with clone kits
Arduino Uno Official Starter Kit is available for 77.99 EUR. No more no less.
Compatible Uno clone kits start from around 20 EUR and go up to around 45-50 EUR. A kit that pretty much covers the whole spectrum of elements included in the Official Starter Kit would come at around 40 EUR.
Verdict: indication towards the compatible clone kits - price over the years was actually one of the key reasons for the popularity of the clones and it is hard to debate over
For a detailed comparison of kit components please review the below table
|Arduino Uno Kit||Kit Arduino UNO Rev3 compatible||Kits componentes|
|Arduino Uno Starter Oficial||Mini Básico||Básico||Iniciación||Medio||XXL||Componentes sin placa|
|Guía||Si, un libro de proyectos incluido||Guía 20 clases de Solectroshop||Guía 20 clases de Solectroshop||Guía 20 clases de Solectroshop||Guía 20 clases de Solectroshop||Guía 20 clases de Solectroshop||Guía 20 clases de Solectroshop|
|Placa||Arduino Uno Rev 3||Arduino Uno compatible||Arduino Uno compatible||Arduino Uno compatible||Arduino Uno compatible||Arduino Uno compatible||Sin placa|
|Breadboard||1x 400 puntos||1x 400 puntos||1x 830 puntos||1x 830 puntos||1x 830 puntos||1x 830 puntos||1x 400 puntos|
|Cables||2x puente trenzado, 70x puente rigido||65x jumpers||65x jumpers||65x jumpers||65x jumpers, 10x Hembra-Macho||65x jumpers, 10x Hembra-Macho||20x Macho-Macho|
|Potenciometros||3x 10 Ohm||-||1x 10 Ohm||1x 5K Ohm||1x 10K Ohm||1x 10K Ohm||1x 10K Ohm|
|Sensor de temperatura||1x||-||1x||1x||1x||1x||-|
|Sensor de inclinación||1x||-||2x||-||2x||2x||-|
|Sensor de distancia||-||1x||-||1x||1x||1x||-|
|Sensor de fuego||-||-||1x||-||1x||1x||-|
|Sensor de humedad||-||-||-||-||-||1x||-|
|Pantalla LCD alfanumérico||1x 16x2 caracteres||-||1x 16x2 caracteres||1x 16x2 caracteres||1x 16x2 caracteres||1x 16x2 caracteres||-|
|Pantalla LED||-||-||2x 1 dígito y 4 dígitos||3x 1 dígito y 4 dígitos||2x 1 dígito y 4 dígitos||2x 1 dígito y 4 dígitos||-|
|Pantalla LED Matriz||-||-||-||-||-||1x||-|
|LED||27x colores rojo, verde, amarillo, azul||30x colores rojo, verde y amarillo||27x colores rojo, verde, amarillo, azul||30x colores rojo, verde y amarillo||30x colores rojo, verde y amarillo||30x colores rojo, verde y amarillo||30x colores rojo, verde y amarillo|
|Motor DC||1x DC 6/9V||-||-||-||1x Micromotor con helice||-||-|
|Motor paso a paso||-||-||-||-||1x 5V||1x 5V||-|
|Zumbador||1x||-||2x pasivo y activo||1x activo||2x pasivo y activo||2x pasivo y activo||1x activo|
|Controlador de motor||1x L293D||-||-||-||ULN2003||ULN2003||-|
|Condensadores||5x 100uF||-||30x desde 10 nF hasta 100 uF||-||-||-||5x|
|Tira de pines||1x 40 tiras||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Resistencias||65x desde 220 Ohm hasta 10M Ohm||30x desde 200 Ohm hasta 10K Ohm||35x desde 200 Ohm hasta 10K Ohm||30x desde 200 Ohm hasta 10K Ohm||30x desde 200 Ohm hasta 10K Ohm||30x desde 200 Ohm hasta 10K Ohm||40x desde 200 Ohm hasta 10K Ohm|
|Diodos||-||-||8x 100V y 1000V||-||-||-||-|
|Mando a distancia||-||-||1x||-||1x||1x||-|
|Addicionales||Optoacpolador||Adaptador pila, temporizador DIP8, Registro de desplazamiento DIP16||Adaptador pila, Programador ATMega 128, Registro de desplazamiento DIP16, Teclado||Rele 5V, Portapilas, Módulo RTC Relok Módulo Joystick||Rele 5V, Portapilas, Módulo RTC Relok Módulo Joystick, Módulo RFID, Termistor, Registro de desplazamiento||Adaptador pilas, conector Jack|