Hacking Electronics: An Illustrated DIY Guide for Makers


33.95 USD
$33.95 ea.

Simon Monk writes another useful book about getting right into hacking electronics. Great for impatient builders!

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Simon Monk is an accomplished author of several books we personally like. This volume "Hacking Electronics - An illustrated DIY guide for makers and hobbyists" is well titled.

  • It is about hacking electronics, which is the "how do I..." aspect rather than the "why does it..." aspect of electronics
  • It is well illustrated. Lots of color images and diagrams. And we're picky - these are pretty nice quality (not grainy or ...weird) full color images. Nice on the eyes, and they really help the content of the book.
  • It does cover hacks. Some elemental, some basic, and most of them of genuine usefulness. Very little cruft here that won't be of some interest to a new hacker.

As with most book reviews we do, here's a chapter list, with some of the notables in each we thought were particularly cool:


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: Theory and Practice
    • (Nice theory of electricity)
  • Chapter 3: Basic Hacks
    • (Hacking a Push Light into a light sensor)
  • Chapter 4: LED Guides
    • (How to Stop an LED from Burning Out - handy!)
    • (How to use a stripboard for prototyping)
    • (Hacking a slot-car racer to add LED headlights)
  • Chapter 5: Batteries and Power
  • Chapter 6: Hacking Arduino
    • (A chicken. There's a picture of a chicken. How cool is that)
    • (Charlieplexing LOTS of LEDs)
  • Chapter 7: Hacking with Modules
  • Chapter 8: Hacking Sensors
  • Chapter 9: Audio Hacks
    • (Pinouts for various audio plugs. NICE)
  • Chapter 10: Mending and Breaking Electronics
  • Chapter 11: Tools
  • Appendix: Parts

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