A project log for LAMEBOY - another ESP12 handheld

fully portable ESP12 project with battery charging and power muxing

davedarkodavedarko 12/01/2017 at 15:234 Comments

I'm slowly starting to buy parts for 12 kits. I have a list of people who are interested already and will contact them, once I have everything. It takes me longer than I would have wanted, some financial mishaps are forcing me to not spend money on that. Instead I started selling stuff on tindie, to get some money in again. I've been to a hospital in America, everything is alright, but I had to pay 3 bills upfront before I get all the money back from my insurance. This also is under control, just sucks to watch out not spending too much on stuff.

[UPDATE] seems like I only need 100 Ohm and 150 Ohm resistor arrays, but sadly I had no luck so far getting them in Germany. Only on aliexpress I found some and they usually take a long time to arrive here. No luck on eBay. Also I'm not sure I really need resistors on the green and blue LEDs anyway, since their forwarding voltage is 3.3V at 20mA. 

[UPDATE] Thanks to my recent work on #ESP8266 RFid reader I've noticed that the regulator needs to be pulled low, you can't just let it float - which makes perfect sense thinking about it. So that needs to be botched with every version now, but the files are updated. For kitting things up, I need to make sure that everyone is clear on what is what and where to put it. It's complicated and frustrating for sure, hope to make it easy enough though, since selling finished ones seems not an option atm. - German laws... always complicating stuff ;) 

This is probably worth watching :)


Frank Buss wrote 12/17/2017 at 13:22 point

If you have still your Völkner shipping flatrate, they have resistor arrays (search for Widerstands Netzwerk, then click the SMD filter).

And more soldering work, but for prototyping might be possible to use single SMD resistors as well.

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davedarko wrote 12/17/2017 at 14:39 point

Weird. I thought I replied. 

Those resistor arrays will ship in 2 weeks though. There's no sane way to get them cheap AND fast, or at least I don't see it. Btw. I just noticed I only have 2 boards left anyways and need to talk with OSHpark about a medium run in 0.8mm anyway.

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Clara Hobbs wrote 12/01/2017 at 17:21 point

Eek, sorry about that.  Our healthcare system is a real SNAFU, no?

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davedarko wrote 12/01/2017 at 18:35 point

Yeah as a foreigner I was billed as a private(?) insured person and the total is a whopping amount. Sadly there's no way America makes our insurance card work over there, so after finding out what I actually owe the hospital and how many separate bills there were, I was able to collect the money and pay upfront. Quite the hassle for me and my sister, she called them while we skyped etc. ... 

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