Minty Boost Kit
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- 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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I installed in a full size mint case, so there was room for extra batteries. This kit was easy to assemble and shouldn't be too difficult for even the novice solderer.Published 19 months ago by Timmyboy
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... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by M. Dominguez