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Minty Boost Kit


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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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  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0068BSH0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gianl on May 15, 2012
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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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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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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