MintyBoost build & review…

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Jay writes

I’m off work today (I was on vacation at the beach most of the week.) and I decided to tackle the MintyBoost kit that came in last week.

This was my first kit and my second attempt at soldering and it worked first try so I would consider that a big success. I had already put it all together before realizing that I didn’t have any pix of the underside of the PCB. Just as well, it’s functional but not pretty.

One thing I changed from the instructions was to use a dremel tool to make the hole for the USB port instead of using snips to cut through the top of the case. I think it looks better and it should be more sturdy.

Looking forward to more electronics kits, this one was a breeze. I need to resurrect one of my old laptops and move it out the garage. The kit instructions were online only and I don’t want to take my good laptop out to the garage amid the dirt/metal filings/sawdust. I ended up printing out the main soldering instructions.

Thanks LadyAda and Adafruit Industries for a great starter kit.

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  1. presidentpicker

    I just built mine as well, except I put two 2-aa holders (parallel) into a larger altoids tin. holders fit perfectly snug sideways. I can either use 2 or 4xAA depending on how much juice i need.

    Now, would it be feasable to glue a solar panel on top of the altoids lid to trickle charge the NiMh batteries?

  2. Great idea on using a dremel to cut the hole for the connector, it looks great! I foolishly used my Xcelite diagonal cutters insted of snips and they’ve never cut the same since then. 🙁

  3. Got my mintyboost assembled. Directions were clear, concise, and correct. Solder pads have gotten smaller since the last Heathkit I built in 1978….I’m definitely going to have to buy a good magnifying glass 🙂 And a better iron.

    The kit was a great way for my to get back in touch with building stuff, thanks a lot.

    BTW I also used my dremel to cut the hole. MUCH sturdier than cutting thru the edge. I coated the inside of my tin and the back of the board with clear nail polish for a little extra protection against shorts.

    Can’t wait to get my Arduino and motorshield running. I’ve been smashing old laserprinters for motors and am looking forward to playing around.

    best regards,


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