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Pros: Worked fine to pump up my HP30b calculator (WP34S project).
Cons: Was using it to power a small Spartan FPGA demo board and noticed after a few days that the plastic case was melted on top of the chip. The chip evidently overheated, and now the serial port part of it doesn't work (which is the whole point). No regulation going on inside so I'm not sure why it fried.
Also, I'm pretty sure FTDI doesn't have anything to do with Prolific, who makes the PL2303 in this. FTDI shouldn't be in the product title.
Reviewed By:N/A,5/25/2014 8:09:05 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: does what I need it to do. the usb input and barrel input are nice. you can have 5 volt on both sides or 5 volt on one side and 3 volt on the other.
Cons: The only con I can think of is the bread board it came with has red and green stripes indicating positive and negative. The right side( the side that can be 3 volts is backwards, red is negative. Not a huge problem, just need to be careful no to hook something up backwards.
Reviewed By:budd777,5/25/2014 2:45:04 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: 37, count them, 37 little breakout boards with assorted sensors. Most boards have 3 male 0.1" spacing pin headers for connection.
Cons: No documentation, as in ZERO documentation. I guess it's all five volt stuff since it's associated with Arduino, but who knows? There's NO documentation. Current limited? Who knows? Want to blow some pins on your Arduino? Good chance with this kit, because there's NO documentation.
Other Thoughts: I'd say this is a typical case of a Chinese product with no support, but it's worse. It's 37 Chinese products with no support. Yes, you can become an internet detective and find info fairly quickly for some of the devices -- but why should we have to do that?
Reviewed By:elmer,4/18/2014 5:38:28 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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Pros: This kit has everything you need to begin learning Arduino input and output. The parts are high quality and stand up to repeated reassembly. The product is priced far lower than any set I have found elsewhere.
Cons: The kit comes with no documentation. I would suggest researching with part numbers if available. When no part number exists an image search of the listed contents will help identify components. Delivery may take a while, as does most Asian purchases.
Reviewed By:N/A,3/30/2014 5:32:53 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Cheap, with good driver support. Works out of the box on Debian Linux, and a choice of proprietary and open source drivers are available for Mac OS X. Not sure about Windows but I'd guess it works too since the PL2303 chip is so common.
Cons: No documentation! Trial and error needed to determine which wire is which.
Other Thoughts: Overall this device is fine, but it was frustrating that no information was given on which wire corresponded to Gnd/Tx/Rx/Vcc. There are no color standards for this, and even when I cracked open the case to see the PCB, the printed labels were not correct! Eventually I figured it out (but not before spending money on a different one thinking this one was broken!)
Ground: Black Rx: Green Tx: White Vcc: Red
Reviewed By:robo,1/22/2014 6:03:11 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.