Forrest M. Mims III Publications and Kits


Forrest Mims has a base of enthusiastic, long-time followers. We heard from many customers that Forrest was a major electronics influence in their lives and that they still had his original books. Forrest may be best known for his creation of the Engineer's Mini-Notebook, a series of instructional books, which were first sold in Radio Shack stores. While Forrest's publications are too numerous to list here, we think Discover Magazine summed it up nicely when they named Forrest as one of the "50 Best Brains in Science" in 2008.


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Forrest M. Mims III Kits

Brought to life from the pages of his famous books, the kits teach basic electronics principles while being fun and providing you with an entertaining device you built yourself.

Toy Organ Kit


The Toy Organ Kit is a music maker based on a simple 555 timer circuit. With the addition of a resistor, capacitors and some buttons, you can generate several different tones.

Atari Punk Console Kit


This circuit creates a sequence of tones whose frequencies vary in distinct steps as a potentiometer is adjusted
An electronics classic.

Simple Vibration Sensor Kit


The circuit doesn't use any moving parts to detect vibration. Instead, a piezo speaker element is used as a sensitive vibration sensor.

Fridge Alarm Kit


This handy little gadget sits quietly in the fridge until someone opens the door. When the door opens, it turns on the light inside the fridge. The light triggers the photocell on the alarm causing it to emit a shrill tone. No more midnight snackers.

Forrest M. Mims III Complete Kit Collection (4 Kits listed above)

This collection includes the set of four Forrest kits.

As a crash-course in electronics, we don't believe there's a better education for beginners than Forrest's books, but please don't hesitate to let us know if you believe otherwise – we always appreciate reader response.
Toy Organ KitToy Organ Kit

Atari Punk Console KitAtari Punk Console Kit

Simple Vibration Sensor KitSimple Vibration Sensor Kit

Fridge Alarm KitFridge Alarm Kit

Getting Started in Electronics begins with the basics (i.e., diodes & transistors) and quickly moves onto explaining digital integrated circuits and circuit assembly tips. A comprehensive compilation of Forrest's own handwritten lab notes, Forrest doesn't stop at theory, the book also includes a collection of 100 hand-tested electronics circuits for building.

Getting Started in ElectronicsGetting Started in Electronics
Timer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic Circuits & ProjectsTimer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic
Circuits & Projects
Science and Communication Circuits & ProjectsScience and Communication
Circuits & Projects
Electronic Sensor Circuits & ProjectsElectronic Sensor
Circuits & Projects
Electronic Formulas, Symbols & CircuitsElectronic Formulas,
Symbols & Circuits

Forrest M. Mims III 4 Mini Notebook Set

Timer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects
Science and Communication Circuits & Projects
Electronic Sensor Circuits & Projects
Electronic Formulas, Symbols & Circuits

Forrest M. Mims III 5 Book Set

Getting Started in Electronics
Timer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects
Science and Communication Circuits & Projects
Electronic Sensor Circuits & Projects
Electronic Formulas, Symbols & Circuits

Forrest M. Mims III Complete Kit and Book Collection (4 Kits/5 Books listed above)

This collection includes Forrest's complete set of books along with all of his famous DIY kits. Books and kits also sold separately.


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