Picaxe 75% Off Sale at Robot Mesh

erco

Senior Member
Picaxe and more is 75% off at Robot Mesh, going out of business. I just racked up $400 of impulse purchases, and stuff is selling fast!

Picaxe: https://store.robotmesh.com/microcontrollers/picaxe Several kits under $10 include the programming cable!

More worth a look, sensors, motors, servos : https://store.robotmesh.com/microcontrollers

Don't wait, their GOoB email just came out! It's a US-based store, so it's best for us Yanks but maybe still worth UK shipping if you buy enough at this discount.

Edit: US peeps: discount code 'freeship' gets you free US shipping on orders over $150
 
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wapo54001

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Picaxe and more is 75% off at Robot Mesh, going out of business. I just racked up $400 of impulse purchases, and stuff is selling fast!
Picaxe: https://store.robotmesh.com/microcontrollers/picaxe Several kits under $10 include the programming cable!
More worth a look, sensors, motors, servos : https://store.robotmesh.com/microcontrollers
Don't wait, their GOoB email just came out! It's a US-based store, so it's best for us Yanks but maybe still worth UK shipping if you buy enough at this discount.
And . . . there is nothing Picaxe left to buy there, all sold out. :(

Out of curiosity -- and because I have about forty Picaxe-based LDR volume control and preamp control boards that I've been thinking of finally populating with the needed 28X2, 20X2 and 08M2 chips and passing around to fellow enthusiasts -- I went to some other vendors:

Sparkfun --only chip available is the 08M2, all other Picaxe chips are "retired."
PHAnderson doesn't sell Picaxe anymore.
Robotshop USA sells only two Picaxe chips, one currently unavailable.

It appears that Picaxe in the USA is fading away; maybe time simply to recycle my boards with their passive components.
 

erco

Senior Member
A few chips and projects remain, but they did sell out of many things quickly. At least that indicates interest in Picaxe!

I got this email at 2 pm Friday, so they moved a lot of merch in under 24 hours:

Hello Robot Mesh customer!

We are closing our doors after eight years of business. Accordingly, we are having a clearance sale of all our remaining inventory. All VEX IQ, VEX EDR and Seeedstudio products 75% off. For this final clearance sale, VEX products can be shipped anywhere in the US. Free ground shipping on orders over $150.

If you have an open backorder for an out of stock item, it will be shipped to you directly from VEX Robotics when it comes back into stock.
 

inglewoodpete

Senior Member
The PICAXE 08M experimenter kit is a great starter pack for beginners (kids included). It's how I started out with PICAXE back in 2005. I've since replaced the 08M chip with an 08M2. Originally called the AXE092 "PICAXE Schools Experimenter".

It is a very useful starter because the board has 3 x LEDs, LDR, Sounder/speaker and a pushbutton switch built in. It also has provision for header strips with isolating switches for the on-board peripherals, allowing the kit to easily connect to further circuitry, including a servo.

The attached is how I built it as a "PICAXE in a box" - just add a programming cable:).

AXE092-1.jpg
 

erco

Senior Member
Good info, IWP, glad I ordered a 5-pack. Just as you said, it looks to be a great entry point to Picaxe, even with an 08M. Specs say 80 lines of code, is that ~256 bytes of memory? Plenty for beginners.

I started out with BASIC Stamps, and I have wished Rev-Ed made a PCB with an attached breadboard, similar to Parallax's Homework Board and Board of Education. I have taught using those before, a great way to teach hardware & software.

hwb.png
 

inglewoodpete

Senior Member
Good info, IWP, glad I ordered a 5-pack. Just as you said, it looks to be a great entry point to Picaxe, even with an 08M. Specs say 80 lines of code, is that ~256 bytes of memory? Plenty for beginners.
The 08M is a very capable chip for small-to-medium tasks. Just limited by it inability to use its flash to store PICAXE code. The entire EEPROM can be used for code (built up from the EEPROM's base address) or shared between code (bottom up) and permanent data storage (typical EEPROM usage, top down).
 

papaof2

Senior Member
The nice thing about the PICAXE series is the scalability. The temperature-controlled fan in the A/V equipment uses 69 of 256 bytes in an 08M and has been reading a DS18B20 and switching a transistor to run a 40mm fan as needed since Sept 2006. I've replaced the fan twice when it became noisy (they do have limited life ;-) but the PICAXE continues to labor away.
If I needed to build an MPPT solar charge controller, the code and board layouts are on the forum - just needs a chip with a little more horsepower.
 

julianE

Senior Member
Thanks Erco for "saving" me so much money. The way you can tell a difference between rich and poor is the rich have empty homes while poor have homes filled to the brim, because, you know, they can't pass up a bargain. I could not pass up the bargains at the robot mesh, should be getting a box full of goodies tomorrow. In all candor, thanks very much for alerting us to bargains and interesting products.
 

erco

Senior Member
At 75% off, you're saving $3 for every dollar you spend! :)

HTH, glad you found some stuff you "need". Since I still teach on the side, I bought some of the 5-packs dirt cheap for $6-7. Even though they come with the older 08 chip, IMHO still quite useful for educating first-timers.

It's funny though, my most popular class with the parent+child set is building these simple line-followers from Ebay or Aliexpress. Not programmable but kids walk away with a working "robot", and it's a great gateway to come back for a microcontroller class.

 
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papaof2

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An item that "does something" almost always generates more interest.

"If it can do that, can it do <whatever>?"

"Would you like to learn how to make it do <whatever>?"

And we have another convert ;-)
 

erco

Senior Member
Line followers also steal the show at the Maker Faires I have done. The constant motion and the simplicity of the PCB chassis and its 20 components in plain view captivate people.

 

julianE

Senior Member
My box of goodies came in from robotshop, christmas in august. erco did us well, true bargains,.
Hopefully one of you bought this RGB LED seems very simple. 5v, gnd, signal pin and twiddle the pots on the back to change color and i can't get it to light. i tried both grounding the signal and high, nothing.
 
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