Construct a crystal radio

Making a radio is a great way to introduce your kids to electronics.

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4 ways to bridge audio compatibility gaps

Save yourself the hassle of upgrading your devices and sort out those sound issues yourself with our helpful guide.

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Multi-channel audio explained

What’s the best audio for your situation? We dive into the world of multi-channel audio to find out.

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Set up your dream sound system

A DIY sound system gives you the freedom to customise your sound and components – and it’s not too difficult.

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Get started with soldering

Learning to solder is a great way to help kids develop their motor skills and allow them to create and fix things.

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3 fantastic patch and repair compounds

A little DIY can save you big bucks, so here are some of the best compounds for electronic repair.

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High-speed rotary tool tips

Not sure what's what when it comes to using a high-speed rotary tool? Check out our great uses and pro tips.

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Saving the day with two-part putty

Fixing broken electronics is easy – and it can save a repairable device from ending up in landfill.

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Put together a periscope

Peep out of your sofa submarine or into a sibling’s room with this easy-to-make classic.

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3 ways to improve your home cinema set-up

Take your viewing to the next level with easy ways to make your next family movie night seamless.

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Boss-level Bluetooth® tricks

There's more to Bluetooth® than meets the eye. Here are some uses you may not know about.

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How to host a karaoke evening at home

Forget singing into a hairbrush. Plug in a real mic and unleash your inner idol.

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Free Colouring Book

Keep your children entertained and creative at home with this free collection of colouring-in artwork to print and enjoy at home.

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Create a light-up photo frame

Decorate an ordinary frame using an LED strip – and make Mum’s heart glow.

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Our top 5 gifts for Mum

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’re here to make spoiling her at home easy with our favourite Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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Smart home hacks to make Mum's day

Looking for a thoughtful gift for mum? We look at some of our favourite home automation hacks to help you create her dream smart home.

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How to set up a 4K casting dongle

Put Mum in charge of the entertainment with a simple device that lets her mirror her phone's screen and audio on the TV.

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Code a simple animation

Make your own stories, games and animations with this block-based visual programming website. It's easy – we'll show you how.

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Top tech to manage your data usage

Are you juggling huge volumes of important files and stressing out about how to keep them organised and backed up? These four products will make life easier.

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5 handy hacks for videoconferencing

Blitz your next online meeting instead of being 'that person' who's annoying everyone else with incidental noise or family members walking past in the background.

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How to set up your ideal ergonomic workspace

Everyday aches and pains don't have to be a fact of life – prioritise your health with these tips to optimise your workspace

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Make a Morse code transmitter

Transform recycled bits and pieces into an analogue way to talk to your family.

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The fab 5 of maximising network coverage

No matter your location or provider, these 5 products will help you improve and optimise your network coverage.

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How to set up a Wi-Fi range extender

Take your home network to new heights in 4 easy steps

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Router secrets revealed

Your network device has so much more to offer than simply 'plug and pray'!

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A–Z of Android media players

When the internet is crawling because everyone is working from home, why not kick back and play Candy Crush on your TV?

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The best new Arduino compatible modules explained

Expand the horizons of your prototyping with one of these phenomenal new modules.

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Set up a retro gaming system in 8 easy steps

Rediscover old classics and keep yourself busy while self-isolating by building and then playing your own 8-bit entertainment system.

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5 smart ways to save power

Save big bucks on your electricity bill with our easy-to-follow guide to cutting down your usage.

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15 fun projects for kids

Try these fantastic and educational ideas to help keep the kids – and yourself – happy, healthy and engaged while being cooped up for an extended period.

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Plug & play

Check out our top 5 list of converters and interfaces to save you money or save the day

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Thrill of the trace

They may inspire a sense of wonder and mystery, but oscilloscopes are fascinating and not that complicated once you get to know them

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Go, go, gadgets!

Discover five fantastic innovations you never knew you can't live without

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Low-power living

Take your off-grid adventures to new heights with this top 10 list of 12V brilliance

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Vision statement

Discover what all the fancy-sounding features of a sophisticated Wi-Fi security camera are actually good for

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Light bulb moment

The humble fixture we're all familiar with has received a smart new makeover for the 21st century

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Results may vary

Discover how different environmental factors can cause changes in resistance

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Sound at the speed of light

Use optical TOSLINK connections for unparalleled audio fidelity

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Get your motor runnin'

Bring a classic car up to speed with the 21st century using these tech essentials

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Sensor achievements

Get readings on everything from your gas bottle to your fish tank with these ingenious devices

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Warm reception

When it comes to TV antennas, do you know your Yagi from your phased array?

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Motion aside

Ever wondered why a PIR (passive infra-red) sensor is so good at detecting movement?

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What's the deal with HDMI?

It's the most popular display connection format currently available, but do you know how it works… or even what it stands for?

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Face the music

Becoming a recording artist is much easier than you might think with this awesome audio tech

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Super vision

When working with electronics, we often need to see more than what’s visible with the naked eye

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Game of drones

They're popular, affordable and fun to fly, but are you using them legally?

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Surge of interest

Ever wondered how a simple power board can protect your expensive electronics from power surges?

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Unsung heroes of the workbench

Most of us are familiar with third hands and DMMs, but fusible silicone tape or freeze spray?

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The ears have it

Feeling snowed under by all the varieties and jargon, when all you want is a good pair of headphones?

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Cam-tastic

Ever wondered about the difference between a trail cam and an action cam?

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You're never too old to learn

Whether you're keen to try a new hobby or simply tired of paying professionals to do simple repairs, upskilling is easier than you might think

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Shield appeal

If you're getting 'board' of the simpler modules available for Arduino, sink your teeth into more advanced hardware

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Leading the charge

Maximise the service life of a deep-cycle battery by recharging it smarter, not harder

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Phase value

What is induced noise, and how is it 'cleaned away' from data or audio being sent through a cable?

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We have opened our first concept store...

The new Jaycar flagship store is open and it is unlike any other Jaycar store you have ever seen.

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This is it... A look into our flagship store and maker hub

A traditional retail store with modern collaborative maker spaces dedicated to the electronics enthusiast. It's Jaycar like you've never seen us before. Come check it out!

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Downloadable Guides

Here you will find extensive primers* and valuable application notes on many subjects.

Ammeters and shunts
Primer-Ammeters & Shunts-Jaycar.pdf

Batteries
Primer-Batteries-Jaycar.pdf

Batteries - lead acid
Primer-Batteries-Lead-Acid-Jaycar.pdf

Batteries - lithium rechargeable
Primer-Batteries-Lithium-Rechargeable-Jaycar.pdf

Car amps
Primer-Car_Amps-Jaycar.pdf

Decibels
Primer-Decibels-Jaycar.pdf

DMX512
Primer-DMX512-Jaycar.pdf

Firewire
Primer-Firewire-Jaycar.pdf

Fuses
Primer-Fuses-Jaycar.pdf

HDMI
Primer-HDMI-Jaycar.pdf

Indoor TV antennas
Primer-Indoor-TV-Antennas-Jaycar.pdf

OBDII
Primer-OBDII-Jaycar.pdf

Primary cells and batteries
Primer-PrimaryCellsAndBatteries-Jaycar-.pdf

Speaker crossovers
Primer-SpeakerCrossovers-Jaycar.pdf

TV broadcasting in Australia
Primer-TV Broadcasting in Australia-Jaycar.pdf

Video camera basics
Primer-Video-Camera-Basics-Jaycar.pdf

Deutsch plug connection guide
Primer-DeutschPlugConnectionGuide-Jaycar.pdf

Breadboard breakdown
Primer-Breadboard-Breakdown-Jaycar.pdf

*Primer n. any small book of basic instruction.


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