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Minty Boost Kit

by Adafruit
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • The world's first and only open-source hardware charger!
  • Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/etc... battery-pack and recharger!
  • The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an small space such as an Altoids gum
  • Kit comes unassembled and is suitable for beginners. Some soldering tools are necessary
  • Assembly and user instructions included

Product Description

The world's first and only open-source hardware charger! New version! Works with the new iPhone 4 and more! Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/etc... battery-pack and recharger! This project includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own MintyBoost: a small & simple (but very powerful) USB charger for your iPod (or other mp3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge. New In Version 3: Provides 500mA @ 5V, tested and designed to work with all the latest iGadgets including the latest iPhones and iPods, etc., improved efficiency for high-drain devices, works much better with LiPoly battery mods.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice product. May 15, 2012
By gianl
I soldered one of these up today and it made a very nice evening project. I'm happy to report that it works wonderfully too. I only wish it came with an Altoids gum tin, though I managed to fit it into a regular Altoids tin with room for spare batteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so this was the perfect thing for him July 8, 2014
By Emily
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My 12-year-old loves soldering projects and technology, so this was the perfect thing for him. We found the instructions online and he used a normal Altoids container since the smaller ones are no longer found in stores. The only issue he had was while anything was charging this got so hot it would almost burn him. He's going to try putting it in a container that isn't metal - but I'm not sure if that's normal for this or something went wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning soldering, and it's useful August 14, 2012
By Brew
This was my first soldering kit, ordered from Adafruit. The online tutorial/instructions are perfectly illustrated, not only describing how to assemble, but showing you how it is done -- in color.

This device will charge almost any USB compliant power device, and supports iPhones. The iPad is too large of a battery to charge with this (it won't deliver the 1A or 2A current the iPad prefers, and in any case 2 AA batteries won't make a dent in the iPad battery's needs).

These are good for more than just charging phones however.. they're also fine for USB power supplies. I hook these up to USB lights, and I've powered a USB hub with it. Again, keep in mind this thing will top out at 5V 0.5A and that's it.

When charging, the the kit will get hot.. especially the chip. This is completely normal.

To make my Minty's case (Altoids tin) act as a heatsink I soldered the exterior of the USB plug to the altoids tin itself. This is not immediately easy to do but if you melt enough solder and turn your iron up, the solder will eventually adhere to both the USB port shell and the tin. You don't have to use an altoids tin case, but most people do. if you use a normal altoids tin, there's room for everything plus 2 spare batteries you can swap in later.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Purchase February 9, 2014
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The kit did not come with instructions and so it has not been built yet. It was intended for my grandson so I am waiting to do some research on the site to see if we can successfully put it together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Minty" is just a hinty. January 12, 2012
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I sent one of these to my daughter after she talked about what a clever use of an Altoid tin this is. I have a million of them at home serving some sort of purpose other than holding mints, but this is ingenious. Had I known that this $21.00-plus-shipping "minty" KIT (that is, a few parts with DIY instructions) comes with NO TIN, I would have maybe somehow attached one of mine to my order. Or maybe I will now paypal her 2 bucks to pick up some Altoids. What do these kits cost assembled?? Yes, the photo and description show no tin. But the title implies a tin is included, to optimistic customers anyway. It's too much to throw in a tin? (I'll sell them mine, minus the mints. And the paper linings.) I can't rate this item, because she hasn't assembled it yet. First she has to PICK UP SOME MINTS. Two automatic points off for my disgruntlement.
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