I usually get my chargers and NiMH batteries at Walmart, the 15-minute
2500mAh ones are now around ~$30 for charger with 4 batteries.
The batteries themselves are usually 8 for ~$18, or 4 for ~$10.
Nice thing about the NiMH are they have a much higher capacity than
older kinds and can be recharged perhaps a thousand times. Good long
lasting gift. And can be used in flashlights and radios, etc., if their
robot doesn't have the specific need.
You might want to solicite others comments on suitability. People tend
to judge all things by themselves. These rechargable batteries have made
robotics tinkering much more practical, as fas as I'm concerned.
I have seen electronics as a lonesome hobby for many years. Most geeks
aren't very social. I have been trying to get a group of roboticists and
tinkerers to meet for years, but just can't come up with enough local people
As for the gifts for a roboticist, I would suggest that the spouse find out
what some of the parts are that the roboticist is using and buy an upgraded
version for him or her. For example, if spouse finds that roboticist is
using a Basic Stamp 2 from parallax.com as the microcontroller for the
robot, a good gift idea would be the Propeller products from parallax. See
This might be a good gift for someone using the basicx.com products or maybe
even the zbasic.com products. A spouse could simply ask the roboticist what
the latest and greatest microcontroller on the market is and buy it for him/
As far as tool & test equipment, a proto board with power supplies is
useful. Such as
I could go on and on, but the greatest gift a spouse could give is to get
involved at the highest level she can stand!
It would be fun to me to assist spouses in finding appropriate gifts for
their roboticists. I would welcome your adding a part to your web site
where spouses can contact people like me who would give you contact info for
the purpose. You should make it a form based situation like I have done at
my site http://www.southwestrobotics.com /. See the contact us tab. The
spouse would click the down arrow next to recipient and select roboticist1,
roboticist2, etc. Thus no email addresses are exposes on the internet for
spammers to capture.
I rarely read this email address, but can be contacted at
Thanks for a great web site idea!
Upgrades! What a clever thought. Thank you!
I'm hoping to finish up the Robotocist page this weekend. It's about
halfway done now. I'll post a link when it's done so you nice folks can
tell me what I left out. :-)
I'll be moving on soon, but I'll keep an eye out here for a while
longer. The military scale model folks have asked to be next, so I'm
build their page.
The robotocists page is completed and linked into the rest of
the site. Thank you very much for all your input. I had tremendous fun
talking to you and researching your page. I hope you all receive much
spousal support and very fine loot!
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