Shopping at Tech Tins

Why would I shop online for kits at Tech Tins?

This is a small hobby shopping site that sells electronic kits and parts with descriptions on how the kits (and most of the more complex parts and components) work.

As a shopper, when making a purchase from any of the well known electronics kits and parts shops, I was often disappointed in that most of the parts did not have any other description other than a title, product name and a size.

But the things I wanted to know were. Where does this come from? How was it made? What is the best way to use it? So this was the initial idea behind Tech Tins.

I aim to ensure that every product sold on this site will have information about it. A short history, who invented it, where its used and how you use it. These appear as short factlets on product and kit pages called the "Tech Tin Files"

The site also provides a series of short courses for hands on tuition on electronics. So you can learn the basics whilst attending specific two hour sessions. Click courses on top tab above for more information. The venue is in Abingdon in the Thames Valley and also provides Bed and Breakfast rooms. So you can stay over, enjoy this historic Thames side river town and also get to learn about and build electronic kits.

I hope you'll enjoy the kits on this site. If your 10, over 80 or any age in between, then you can build these kits. Simple but fascinating projects and ideal for getting across the basic ideas of electronics.

But most importantly, you'll always enjoy the thrill of getting these small, easy to build kits working!

Kevin O'Brien
Proprietor of Tech Tins.



Lots of product stories

Below is a typical example from the "Tech Tin Files"

Tech Tin Files: LED (short story)

  • Electroluminescence as a phenomenon was discovered in 1907 by the British experimenter H. J. Round of Marconi Labs, using a crystal of silicon carbide and a cat's-whisker detector. Soviet inventor Oleg Losev reported creation of the first LED in 1927.
  • LED technology is simple. An electric current passes through an LED, and the electrons in that current transfer some of their energy to visible light. LEDs use a small fraction of the power that incandescent bulbs require and are even more efficient than fluorescent lights. They have the added advantage of lasting for many years under conditions of normal use.
  • World's Largest Christmas light display occured at Petrie Plaza mall in Canberra, Australia, Nov. 29, 2014. It used nearly 1.2 million LED lights, on 75 miles of cable.