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July 2015

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Colossal Capacitor ExplosionMy Story: Colossal Capacitor Explosion

Jameco's cap popping video is the most popular Jameco video of all time. There's something about blowing up capacitors that's just plain fun. It reminded Jameco customer David Massey about a time in college when he literally blew away his roommate by popping a cap in his dorm room.

Find out what happened when this colossal capacitor exploded!

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Share your electronic component story, project or challenge to [email protected].

Laser AlarmDIY: Easy Laser Alarm Kit

Add a little extra protection to your home with this fun DIY Laser Alarm Kit from Club Jameco. An alarm sounds when the laser beam is broken. Get creative and add mirrors to protect multiple entrances at once. This is a very practical and inexpensive kit and is perfect for beginners.

Secure your house with a laser kit

Reader's Comments: Why I Love ElectronicsWhy We Love Electronics

Jameco recently conducted the Great American Electronics Hobbyist Census - a survey of our most serious hobbyists, to find out what it is that makes hobbyists tick. We had a massive response and uncovered some fascinating results.

One thing is clear, there is so much to love about electronics.

CatalogIs Your Jameco Catalog Within an Arm's Length?

If there is not a Jameco catalog within reach at this very moment, then you should click on the link below so we can solve that problem. We hope you plan on spending the summer tinkering with electronics projects, and we're curious to know what projects you've planned for the longer days and warmer weather ahead. Share you summer electronics project plans with us at [email protected] and check out the Jameco Catalog.

Order your catalog today... it's free!

Pin Alignment ToolElectronics Tip: Create a Pin Alignment Tool

Have you ever needed to straighten a bent pin but didn't have the right tool available? Next time, try this simple electronics tip and you'll never have to deal with bent pins again. Create your own pin alignment tool with just a few tweaks of a common household item.

The easiest technique to straighten a bent pin.

Muscle WireProduct Update: Achieve Non-Mechanical Motion with Muscle Wire

The applications for motorless mechanical motion are practically endless. If you've heard of Muscle Wire, but want to learn about the technology, we've found a fun project that combines muscle wire, crafting and basic electronics to help you experiment with Muscle Wire.

What's Muscle Wire and how can I use it?

Club Jameco Featured Kits

Power Pocket Power Supply Kit
A pocket sized power supply with a 9 volt input and a selectable output voltage. The output can be set in 1.5V intervals (1.5, 3, 4.5, 6) to mimic one to four 1.5V batteries. Perfect to be used at garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores to test electronics before you buy them.

Pocket Photodiode Geiger Counter

A DIY Geiger Counter that uses a PIN photodiode as a substitute for an expensive Geiger-Mueller tube. It detects alpha and beta radiation particles. The circuit is soldered onto a small protoboard and everything is placed in an aluminum enclosure.

The Gift Center
Jameco is the place for great gifts at great prices! We've highlighted a few of the top selling kits in the industry. We're positive you'll find the perfect gift for that special someone!

Educational Kitting Program
Learn more about Jameco's Educational Kitting Program and other educational opportunities.