Are you interested in electronics? Would you like to set up your own “electro lab” to conduct amazing experiments, build crazy gizmos, and repair or modify your existing electronics? Then this book is for you! Your very own electronics laboratory is a great place to build, repair, invent, and learn more about electronics. We seem to be surrounded by electronics more and more every day. We can easily become dependent upon them, without even understanding how they work. Having your own electronics lab can help you gain some control over your electronic minions. Here you can learn about their inner mysteries, including how to repair them when possible or, better yet, improve them with your own custom modifications.
What to Expect
This book can’t teach you everything about electronics, and it doesn’t try. That would take several lifetimes. What it can do is introduce you to the tools and the skills you will need to set up your own electronics lab. This will include a very basic introduction to electricity, a little bit of theory, some safety tips, and a whole lot of example projects. It’s a great starting place. Where it will lead you is mostly determined by you and what you’re wanting to do with electronics.
It Starts with a Plan
Most of the decisions you’ll make when planning your laboratory will depend on what you’re interested in doing there. Having a good plan at the beginning is like having a clear map when taking a long journey. It helps you from getting lost and also is handy for figuring out when you’ve arrived. Remember, at this point in the game, you don’t have to make any final decisions about what you want to be able to do in your lab. This book is all about illustrating possibilities and giving you the information and advice necessary to branch out into the areas that hold the most interest for you.
So now you know a little something about electricity and electronics. Hopefully this chapter has covered your very basic questions about how all this magic stuff actually works. Now you’re ready to start poking around some circuits. You’re going to need the right tools for the job.