Raspberry Pi B+ Educators RoadTest Progress Update 1/23/15

Posted by Greg on Jan 23, 2015

The Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest is well under way and just a week before the contest ends on January 30th we have seen quite a few great blog posts from our participants. Please follow all of the action on our blog and on the element14 STEM Academy page. One of these three STEM educators will be chosen to win a 3D printer based on their project!

For a full description and list of rules for the Raspberry Pi RoadTest please see the Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest Page on element14


MCM Electronics Fluorescent Magnifier Lamp in Nuts and Volts Magazine

Posted by Greg on Oct 31, 2014

In the November 2014 issue of Nuts and Volts Magazine Chris Savage put together an article highlighting the most useful tools on his workstation. We were very pleased to see that he included our Fluorescent Magnifier Lamp (21-935) in his list of tools that he feels are essential. - "The last tool on my bench that I want to mention is my magnifying lamp. When working on small parts - especially SMD components - this lamp comes in very handy. I picked it up from MCM Electronics for under $50 and it is very solid."


Raspberry Pi Model B+ Kit Videos

Posted by Greg on Oct 21, 2014

To help better explain the MCM Electronics Raspberry Pi Model B+ kits we have created videos detailing what is included in each kit and some of their details. 


Compact 30 Watt Amplifier with Bluetooth Receiver

Posted by Greg on Oct 17, 2014
In the ecommerce office we have been using an older bluetooth interface hooked up to some cheap powered speakers to play music while we work. A few weeks ago we were asked to try out the new MCM Custom Audio Amplifier with Bluetooth Receiver and put it through its paces. So, we swapped out both the unreliable bluetooth receiver we had been using along with the cheap speakers for the 30 Watt Amplifier with bluetooth plus a much better set of bookcase speakers.


Product Reviews

MCM Electronics Pro Elec Battery Test - Results

Posted by John on Jul 17, 2014

Per the graph above, we learned that while the Pro Elec battery had a lower initial voltage, it lasted longer. Great. That's simple. But there's more to it.

Because batteries are used in millions of different applications, there will be instances where having a higher initial power output will be better. We'll try to qualify some of these instances below.



Product Reviews

MCM Electronics Pro Elec Battery Test - Setup and How To

Posted by John on Jul 16, 2014

Pro Elec Battery Test

Recently, we started carrying our own line of Pro-Elec batteries, and around the office we were wondering how they really stack up against the major brands.

We had the discharge rates and expected run-times from the data-sheets, and most major brands do publish power-curves, but those didn't really give a good head to head comparison. So I grabbed an Arduino, Data-Logger Shield, and a few packs of AA size batteries from stock and got to work.



Product Reviews

New Out of Box Software (NOOBS) for Raspberry Pi - Part 2

Posted by Bryan on Aug 2, 2013
Last week we talked about the new operating system for the Raspberry Pi (NOOBS). This week we are going to take a look at the different operating systems and why you would choose one over another. There is a variety of distros in this operating system (Distro is another name for operating system), from the Debian-based Raspbian to the multimedia RaspiBMC and everything in between. [More]

Android on your HDTV!

Posted by Nick on Jun 5, 2013

At first glance, this small device is pretty impressive for the price... [More]

Weatherproof Cases a Favorite of Dual Sport Riders

Posted by Christian on May 19, 2013

We've noticed our Duratool blow-molded cases have been making a splash as a lower-cost alternative to more conventionally used cases, like those from Pelican. This is especially true with the dual sport motorcycle crowd. Often dual-sport riders require panniers and fender mount boxes to carry goods. Herb Suessenbach, of Albuquerque, New Mexico sent over some pictures of his #22-24115 installation. [More]

Bike Light Testing with TinkerKit

Posted by Christian on May 10, 2013

Today I picked up a couple of bike lights from our offering. I was off to go home and test fit them on my bikes at lunch, but upon looking out the window, we're currently experiencing monsoon-type weather. So instead we'll be spending our lunch testing these things out, namely the brightness on full-on mode. [More]