We finally got this book after it sat pre-ordered in our Amazon cart for a year and a half! Check out the extensive preview in the product description to see if it is what you are looking for. Platt gives a very good description of the purpose of the book when he writes that "...this is a reference book, not a tutorial.," and explains that each entry is made to stand on its own so information may be repeated in other sections. He also states that it is "oriented toward practicality rather than theory."
Typical chapters include sections telling you (with words, diagrams, and photos):
"What it Does"
"Symbol Variants" (diagrams showing different schematic symbols used)
"How it Works"
"How to Use it"
"Variants" (Similar components and also if it comes in surface-mount, etc)
"Values" (Numbers associated with it such as amp rating, etc.)
"What Can Go Wrong" (Things you might screw up when working with the component. Very helpful!)
Some entries also have information telling you the pros and cons to using one component over another.
We use the book as an educational source for me (Non-Science degree) and as a refresher for my husband (Electrical Engineering degree) and it helps us to figure out the best components to use in our own electronics projects. Lots of pictures and figures to reference.
Excellent reference book and I will again be waiting for the third book! I used to poke fun at all the people who would moan about George R.R. Martin doing anything except finishing his series, but I had to check myself when I had thoughts of doing a Google Alert for this author to make sure he was still writing books!
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Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2: Leds, Lcds, Audio, Thyristors, Digital Logic, and Amplification Paperback – 30 December 2014
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- Language : English
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About the Author
Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Make magazine, where he writes about electronics. Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, has written various computer books, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make magazine.
|Make: Electronics||Make: More Electronics||Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Vol. 1||Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Vol. 2||Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Vol. 3||Easy Electronics|
|Minimum Tools Required||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter||n/a||n/a||n/a||No Tools Needed!|
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Another excellent reference book in the series!20 December 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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A great addition to your technical library!5 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a beginner, a hobbyist, or just someone who is interested in learning about different electrical components, you will absolutely enjoy this series. In this book, you will find that it provides the most essential information as to what a particular component is, how it is used, and what to expect from it. It is extremely easy to look up any component within the realm of the volume. Instead of having to go to a computer or potable device each time, I find it much easier to go to this book first. Being that this book is one of many volumes it's very easy to flip through its pages, and if you wish, write notes for yourself inside as well. Upon purchase, you will be amazed at just how much useful information there is for each component in each volume. This is volume 2 of an ongoing series. You don't need to buy all the volumes, but I'm a firm believer in such reference books that if you need something from one volume, you'll definitely need something from the others as well. I purchased volumes 1 & 2 at the same time, I just wish that volume 3 would had been available at the same time, but I can appreciate that there is always information being added too. I highly recommend this book series!
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Glen E Thomas
Must have series for your reference library18 May 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
This series is a well written reference that allows you to look up a component and get a quick refresher as to the design intent and operation. Perfect for components that you come across occasionally during board repair. Just enough information to allow me to troubleshoot an existing board. For design of circuits this reference may be a little lite on info.
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Best books for industrial electronics1 December 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Love these books. I use them to just read and study on my down time and it does an excellent job of describing the component, its function, where you might find it and the electrical schematic symbol for that part. This has helped me alot in learning electrical wiring symbols and on the job usefulness. Highly highly recommend
Francesco F Ardito
Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2:: -- Great overview of electronic Components24 August 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2:: -- Great overview of electronic components LED's LCD's etc.. These series is great for helping one to understand the how,where, what and whys of electronic components