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How to Buy an Arduino Leonardo (Clone) Kit for Less than $20

Borderless Electronics Indiegogo campaign for their $9 electronics kit with an Arduino Leonardo clone went so well that the owner of the campaign decided to limit the total number of boards to 15,000, and basically stop the campaign early to avoid production delays. For $12 ($9 + shipping), you could get a full kit with:

  • Arduino Leonardo clone
  • A mini breadboard with 10 Jumper wires
  • A plug for a 9V battery
  • A few components: 6 LEDs, 10x 330 Ohm resistors, 10x 1 KOhm resistors, 3x push buttons, 2 NPN transistors, 5 diodes, a light sensor, and a sound buzzer
  • A micro USB to USB cable

Although they may start a new one campaign in a few months, the campaign is over, and you can’t get this cheap Arduino kit anymore.

$20 Dollars Arduino Kit: Arduino Leonardo Compatible Board with Breadboard, Jumper Wires, and Components

$20 Dollars Arduino Kit: Arduino Leonardo Compatible Board with Breadboard, Jumper Wires, and Components

But one of my reader (onebir) let me know that for less than $20, you can  get an Arduino Leonardo clone with a USB cable, a large Breadboard, and many components, by purchasing three items on Aliexpress,.com:

  • Arduino Leonardo R3 compatible development board with USB Cable – $9.48
  • 400-tie point breadboard (8.2 x 6.2cm) with 65 jumper wires – $5
  • Components kit with nearly 250 components – $5

So for a total of $19.48 (all prices include free shipping), you get a full Arduino compatible electronics kit.

Here’s the content of the components kit:

  • 210x resistors with values: 100, 1K, 4.7K, 10K, 47K, 100K, and 1M (30 pieces for each)
  • 4x potentiometers:  2x 10K, and 2x 100K.
  • 12x LEDs: yellow, red, green, and white (3 for each color)
  • 6x 12*12 tact switch body
  • 15x tact switch keys: blue circle, red circle, white circle, white square, green square (3 of each type).
  • 2x 40 pin 2.54 pitch header

The kit does lack some fun components like a buzzer, a servo, a light sensor, etc… that you can find in Seeed Studio SideKick Basic Kit for example, but it does seem to be a decent deal nonetheless.

  1. onebir
    August 13th, 2013 at 15:56 | #1

    If anyone knows places to cheaply pick up some of the ‘fun components’ CNX mentions in single or small lots (with free postage) that’d be good to know 🙂
    Looks like dx is pretty good, eg 9g mini servo, $3.94: http://dx.com/p/20023

  2. August 13th, 2013 at 16:51 | #2

    You’ll find Arduino add-ons in dx.com for $2 to $3, as well as components, but I’ve found it’s usually a bit cheaper to buy them from Ebay. For example for 9g mini servo ($3.05) – http://www.ebay.com/itm/SG90-9G-Micro-Mini-Servos-Torque-For-RC-Helicoper-Airplane-Car-esky-450-/171101903200?pt=Radio_Control_Parts_Accessories&hash=item27d677d960

  3. onebir
    August 13th, 2013 at 17:36 | #3

    It find searching ebay really difficult; shipping charges mess up the price comparisons, and many sellers don’t ship to onebirland… 🙁
    Turns out buyincoins (famed for the fake review!) has similar servos for $2.50:

  4. August 13th, 2013 at 17:40 | #4

    Before I was wondering why all reviewers either wrote Chinglish or Russian in that website… But as long as they ship the goods, it should be OK.

  5. onebir
    August 13th, 2013 at 18:00 | #5

    They ship faster than anywhere else I’ve bought from, the quality is generally ok & once or twice when things have been broken (in transit I think) they’ve given me refunds without trouble. It’s just those frickin fake reviews…

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  7. onebir
    August 14th, 2013 at 00:55 | #7

    Getting back to the ‘cheap’ stuff…
    10 5mm Photoresistors (GL5516), $1.40:
    10 5v buzzers (magnetic) $2.85
    So it is possible to buy a lot of these components for reasonable prices in small lots, just such a PIA the kits seem like a better option. :s

  8. FransM
    August 14th, 2013 at 13:51 | #8

    Man, too bad I missed this. Thought I had some time left (and did not notice they added buttons etc).
    Hope they do a rerun.

    Wrt the components:
    here’s your buzzer: for two dollars:

    and if you have 52 dollars you want to get rid of take a look at these 37 items:

  9. FransM
    August 14th, 2013 at 13:53 | #9

    Another thought. I saw the sets of 100 are also sold, so I suspect we’ll end up seeing these on ebay for $ 20 or so

  10. onebir
    August 14th, 2013 at 15:17 | #10

    Well, for $20 you can get something pretty similar (maybe better in some ways).
    is for 10 buzzers, but without breakout board/cable. Looks like they might need a couple of extra components to work?

  11. FransM
    August 14th, 2013 at 17:13 | #11

    FransM :
    Another thought. I saw the sets of 100 are also sold, so I suspect we’ll end up seeing these on ebay for $ 20 or so

    Probably misformulated.
    I meant that the original Borderless kits will show up in ebay for $20 or so (as the sets of 100 were also sold), not the buzzers.

  12. onebir
    August 15th, 2013 at 00:12 | #12

    I see what you meant now!

  13. Devgiant
    August 15th, 2013 at 00:59 | #13

    I’m one of the Borderless Electronics Indiegogo campaign Funders.
    When I found the campaign I was still on time to get the $22 perk…
    Now I’m just waiting for it to be delivered 😛
    At first I didn’t knew that the campaign would grow so much, but after a few days It became huge… and the extras are awesome for the price.

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