News & Product Updates

  • Introducing: Exciters, Solar Cells, & How To Use Them!

    We’ve got a few new products for you this week that will hopefully push you into getting back to that kit you started and left in a draw (we all do it), or maybe even inspire you to start a whole new project!

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    Added to the store this week is a new solar cell for our range of solar power options, and it’s our biggest cell yet!

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    In the current climate where more and more people are looking at alternative power sources, solar power remains one of the most popular, simple options as it can be achieved with very little expense and few resources. At 5V and 200mA current, and with a size of 110mm x 110mm, the solar cell on a British Summer's day can generate 150mA of current. Our solar cells also come PET laminated, meaning their cell faces are protects and waterproofed, and have rear mounted solder pads making them suitable for a wide range of uses in both indoor and outdoor applications.

    If you were looking for a fun little project for the weekend, why not try making yourself a solar powered light-up jacket like our Director Geoff made before?

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    Also this week we have a new 2W Exciter/Bodyshaker to get you excited...

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    Exciters (or bodyshakers as they are sometimes known) are basically loudspeakers without a membrane. By applying an audio signal to the contact pins, the oscillating mass then starts shaking with the frequency of the applied signal. This oscillation is transmitted to the mounting plate and from there on to the surface the exciter is stuck to. The surface then emits the audio signal just like a speaker!

    There are some differences in how the sound is emitted compared to a speaker. The excited surface is very large and heavy (when compared to a lightweight cone membrane in a speaker), and thus unable to oscillate coherently. That means that not every point of the surface moves into the same direction with the same amplitude at the same time.

    Simply attach the speaker to the surface of the plate by gluing or sticking.

    At Kitronik while testing, we had great results using sandwich panels with honeycomb structures (e.g. hexagon-structure), thin particle boards (e.g. HDF / MDF) and acrylic sheets.

    Here is a video we put together, demonstrating exciters in action:

     

    Just a small product launch this week, though do sign up to our newsletter here if you want to be the first to hear of new products and more exciting features!

  • Guest Post: Dixons Trinity Academy Product Design Build Concrete Speakers

    This week we have a guest post brought to you by Phil Wickham of Dixons Trinity Academy, whose class have made some concrete speakers using our PIC Controlled Mono Amp Kit.
  • Introducing: LiPo Battery Chargers and more!

    another product launch here at Kitronik, this week bringing you our new range of Lithium Polymer (LiPo) chargers and boosters, perfect for powering up your own home builds and devices such as mobile phones, amplifier kits, arduino projects, and more.
  • Kitronik Becomes A Robox Affiliated Reseller!

    Last week two of the team went down to CEL Headquarters in Portishead, to learn more about the technical process behind the Robox RBX-01 printer and build one too during the trip.
  • Introducing: Coloured Mirror Acrylic

    This week we are introducing our new range of coloured mirror acrylics, ideal for projects like speaker casings, amplifier kits, and custom cases. We also have a great example of 3D printing, demonstrating the capabilities of the technology.
  • Exploring My Mini Factory 3D Printing Resource

    You don't have to be a 3D designer to print your own project kit enclosures thanks to resources such as My Mini Factory. As part of our continued focus on the Robox RBX1 3D Printer we are revisiting My Mini Factory, and building a Retro Radio Kit downloaded from the site.
  • In Depth: The CEL Robox 3D Printer

    Learn more about the CEL Robox 3D Printer, it's key features, and the results it is capable of producing.
  • Introducing: The CEL Robox 3D Printer

    This week’s blog features our biggest product launch to date, the CEL Robox 3D Printer and filaments range! We have been looking forward to bringing this to you for a few weeks now, and so here it is along with some information for you to browse through.
  • What If? Machine: 2015, Derby Silk Mill Museum

    The What If? Machine was an open weekend held at the Derby Silk Mill Museum to celebrate the work of famous illustrator and eccentric William Heath-Robinson. Dominic Morrow, the coordinator gave us an insight into the day and it's events.
  • Introducing: IsoSketch 3D Designing Tool

    Introducing the IsoSketch 3D Design Tool: The cure for "I can't draw".
  • Introducing: FM Radio Antenna, Poplar Ply 800mm x 600mm Sheet & Capacitors

    It's Friday and we've got new products to tell you about. This week we are introducing an FM Radio Telescopic Antenna / Aerial, a new Poplar Plywood, and a range of new capacitors for use with our components kits.
  • Design Day 2015 Fernwood School

    The Kitronik Team join other industry design professionals at the Fernwood School Design Day.
  • High Quality Flexible Thin Birch Plywood From Finland

    We've some new materials to enhance our wide range of laserable plywoods. This week's addition is high quality, high flexibility Birch Plywoods
  • Free E-Textiles Workshop for Teachers

    Sarah Davies Senior Lecturer from the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) School of Education came to us with a great opportunity for teachers!
  • 1,000,000 Kits Sold!

    We are delighted to announce that Kitronik has shipped its one millionth electronic project kit!

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