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PICAXE is a microcontroller system that uses low cost FLASH memory based microcontrollers with a unique, pre-programmed PICAXE bootstrap code. This gives a device that may be reprogrammed typically 100,000 times without the need for an expensive and complicated programmer. PICAXE is programmed using a simple BASIC language or via the Logicator flowcharting software. Windows, Mac and Linux are all supported by the free BASIC software which can be downloaded from

Programming is carried out via a simple USB (13-0849) or serial (13-0847) cable. In addition to the microcontroller chips, starter, tutorial, and upgrade kits are available to provide a complete PICAXE solution. PICAXE microcontroller chips are available in 8, 14, 18, 20, 28 and 40-pin versions, giving a choice of the number of input and output lines, and also in several variants which offer differing amounts of memory and extra features so a choice can be made according to project need.

  • Suitable for education, industry and hobbyists
  • Low cost and simple to use
  • Wide range of variants
  • Can be programmed using an intuitive graphical flowchart
  • Free, easy to use Programming Editor software

NOTE: See also the PICAXE X2 chips section for the X2 variant PICAXE chips.
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Manufacturer’s Part Number: PICAXE-08M2/ AXE007M2

Revolution PICAXE Chip 08M2


In stock, despatched same day

Manufacturer’s Part Number: PICAXE-14M2

PICAXE-14m2 Chip


In stock, despatched same day

Manufacturer’s Part Number: AXE015M2



In stock, despatched same day

Manufacturer’s Part Number: AXE012M2



In stock, despatched same day

Manufacturer’s Part Number: PICAXE-28X1

PICAXE-28x1 Chip


In stock, despatched same day

Manufacturer’s Part Number: PICAXE-40X1

PICAXE-40x1 Chip


In stock, despatched same day

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PICAXEPinsVariantLines of Total No. of No. of ADC Order code
memoryI/O pinsinputsoutputs(L=low)

Variant feature highlights:
M2 variants
Infra red, servo and ring tone music features
Greater memory and RAM
Touch sensor support
parallel task processing
X/X1 variants
Greater memory and RAM
Scratchpad RAM area
I²C, SPI, EUSART interfaces
higher baud rate
enhanced maths capabilities,


Question by
4th March 2013

QCan i use a 9v battery for these picaxe chips, if not what do i need to reduce that volatage?
AHi, thank you for your question. Picaxe runs between 4.5 – 5V max- if connected to a 9V battery they will be destroyed. The simplest way would be to have two identical - high value resistors set up as a potential divider then the 4.5V can be tapped off from the junction of the 2. Easier yet is to use the correct voltage if possible using 3x AA batteries.

Question by
19th February 2013

QWhat free programming software's are there for these PICAXE chips?
AThank you for your question. Software can be found here and further information can be found here.

Question by Freddie
19th February 2013

QWhat does 08M, 08M2, 14M2, 20M etc all mean? Also, what is the difference between 08, 08M and 08M2?
AHi Freddie. Thank you for your question. Further information regarding Picaxe chip sizes can be found here.

Question by jack
19th February 2013

QCan you use circuit wizard to programme these chips?
AHi Jack. Thank you for your question. Circuit wizard is aimed at the genie range of microcontrollers. Genie is similar to picaxe but not the same. To program picaxe you need the free programming editor software or pic logicator software. They are different systems.

Question by Jack
19th February 2013

QWhat is the difference between picaxe chips and the pic microcontrollers?
AHi Jack. Thank you for your question. The picaxe chips are not blank. They carry some bootstrap code to allow programming via a simple serial cable. This eliminates the use of a programmer for educational use. Non picaxe PIC chips are designed to be used with a programmer. These are cheaper and are what is used in industry. However these require assembly language programming and the initial outlay for a programmer and software can be expensive. Picaxe allows programming in BASIC and the software is free to download. No programmer is needed so it allows the use of microcontrollers in schools and makes it more available to hobbyists.

Question by
4th February 2013

QAre all the chips 10 bits or only some of them
AHi Matty, Thank you for your question. All have 10 bit adc (expect 08, 18, 18A, 28, 28A, 28X, 40X).

Question by Mr. I O'Hara | Product code: 13-5022
21st January 2015

QWill a Starter Kit become available for picaxe 08M2 and 14M2 etc. ?
AHi Mr. I O'Hara. Thank you for your question. Yes they can currently use the following starter kit: 13-0868.

Question by MJ
3rd December 2012

QAre you selling the Newer 18m2+? Has the product code not changed?
AHi MJ. Thank you for your question. We do sell the 18m2+: 13-5026 DIL and 13-5050 SMD.

Question by Steve
23rd November 2012

QHi, is the 18M2 the 18M2+ version?
AHi Steve. Thank you for your question. 18M2+ is the updated version however in the software select 18M2.

Question by Edward Fair
7th October 2011

QHi. When will you be stocking the 20M2?
AThanks for the enquiry Edward The 20M2 is now available plaese see order code 13-5020


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Reviewed by: bob marlow | Product code: 13-5024
7th August 2014

full featured, more inputs and outputs then I'll ever need! easy to program

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Reviewed by: Fred | Product code: 13-5022
26th June 2014

Brilliant chip, very powerful for the size. I would strongly recommend this product and endorse it in every way. Also very impressed with the rapid and free delivery. I have no complaints.