Electrical Engineering

These tutorials help form some of the fundamentals you would learn in an Electrical Engineering course of study.

8-Pin SOIC to DIP Adapter Hookup Guide

August 13, 2015

Assembly and application of the 8-pin SOIC-to-DIP adapter.

microSD Sniffer Hookup Guide

August 4, 2015

A basic introduction to working with the microSD Sniffer.

How to Use a Multimeter

January 9, 2015

Learn the basics of using a multimeter to measure continuity, voltage, resistance and current.

General Guide to SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison

January 5, 2015

A general guide for using SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison in your next project!

SparkPunk Sequencer Theory and Applications Guide

August 14, 2014

Examine the inner workings of the SparkPunk Sequencer, then explore some modifications and alternate applications.

SparkPunk Sequencer Hookup Guide

August 14, 2014

How to assemble and use the SparkPunk Sequencer kit.


July 1, 2014

A crash course in bi-polar junction transistors. Learn how transistors work and in which circuits we use them.

Soil moisture-sensing by hacking a solar light

June 19, 2014

How to take a solar powered pathway light from a hardware store and make it into a crude soil moisture sensor.

SparkPunk Hookup Guide

June 12, 2014

How to assemble and modify the SparkPunk Sound Generator kit.

Uh-Oh Battery Level Indicator Hookup Guide

April 9, 2014

Learn how to assemble and use the Uh-Oh Battery Level Indicator Kit.

LogicBlocks Experiment Guide

March 31, 2014

Experiments guide for the LogicBlocks kit. Build oscillators, latches, multiplexers and more with the LogicBlocks.

LogicBlocks & Digital Logic Introduction

March 31, 2014

Introducing fundamental digital logic concepts and LogicBlocks

Make Your Own Fritzing Parts

March 18, 2014

Learn how to create your own Fritzing part so you can make amazing looking wiring diagrams, learn about schematics and PCB design, and get your design fabbed into a real PCB with Fritzing's PCB manufacturing service.

How to Use an Oscilloscope

February 25, 2014

How to work the dials and buttons on an oscilloscope, and a glossary of the o-scope lexicon.

Recreating Classic Electronics Kits

January 13, 2014

100-in-1? 500-in-1? It's up to you when you build your own Science Fair style experiment board!

Constant Innovation in Quality Control

December 11, 2013

In this article, we share our recent advancements in quality control. Every new product we design and manufacture here at SparkFun gets a custom testing apparatus that is designed and built in house. Along with making our tests more thorough, we have also made them more efficient and robust.

Digital Logic

October 3, 2013

A primer on digital logic concepts in hardware and software.

Shift Registers

August 23, 2013

An introduction to shift registers and potential uses.

Series and Parallel Circuits

August 20, 2013

An introduction into series and parallel circuits.

Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs)

August 12, 2013

Learn the basics about LEDs as well as some more advanced topics to help you calculate requirements for projects containing many LEDs.

Analog vs. Digital

July 18, 2013

This tutorial covers the concept of analog and digital signals, as they relate to electronics. We'll talk about what each signal looks like on a voltage-vs-time graph. Where analog and digital signals are prevalent. And some examples of analog and digital electronic components.

Integrated Circuits

July 15, 2013

An introduction to integrated circuits (ICs). Electronics' ubiquitous black chips. Includes a focus on the variety of IC packages.

How to Read a Schematic

July 12, 2013

An overview of component circuit symbols, and tips and tricks for better schematic reading. Click here, and become schematic-literate today!

Old Tutorials

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Please be aware that the tutorials you find there are no longer actively maintained.