Make:SF Feb 8th @ The Tech Shop


Hello Makers,

We are back this month with an electronics project. Ever need a bit of extra charge on for your iPod, or phone? Then use the MintyBoost! This project is a great to learn how to solder and see some neat circuits in action. After the project, for those interested, there will be an explanation of how the boost circuit can take 3V from the AAs and produce the 5V needed for charging. The fee will be $20 to cover the cost of the materials for the MintyBoost Kit

Also, we have new Arduino Uno's for $30. With these you can pretty much do any Arduino project you want and you do not even have to pay for shipping. 


This fun-for-all-ages event starts at 6:30pm. Children under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. 


New to Make:SF? Here is what you can do: 

- New to making? Come and explore with a fun mini-project. 

- Have an idea? Come and we will help you get started making it. 

- Making something? Come and demo it. Get feedback and network with the Makers. 

- Come to see the speakers we bring in talk about their projects, tools you can use, etc.

Thanks for joining our group! Keep us going strong by chipping in! Pay your Jan-Jun dues online today! (If you payed in December, you're all set.) You can also pay cash or credit card in person at the meeting. 

See you soon!







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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll buy a few. Perhaps you could sell most of them to adafruit, they should offer the MintyBoost as an entire kit, tin included.

    February 17, 2011

  • Make:SF F.

    Great meetup, workshop was a success all around.

    February 15, 2011

  • Make:SF F.

    For what it's worth I just ordered empty MintyBoost containers (Same as the discontinued Altoid Gum container, but blank & white.) If, like most folks, you didn't receive one with your kit I'll give you one at a future meeting. If were not at the meeting or otherwise didn't buy the kit, I can sell you a tin for $2.50 (5 for $10). I'll probably put some up on eBay... I had to order them in bulk.

    February 14, 2011

  • Nathanael W.

    I found that a regular Altoids container allows batteries to fit perfectly vertical, and creates enough space for a little pocket to hold the needed USB cord. With that in mind, the traditional container might be more useful than the discontinued container.

    February 9, 2011

  • Nathanael W.

    Great time, great staff.

    February 9, 2011

  • Gary B.

    I would love to know what 3rd party cable the lab used. What's strange is that my kids have been making Minty Boosts since v 1.1 (v2 with the 3gs). We haven't had any problems until the v3 Minty Boost came out.

    February 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might have an idea as to why the Minty Boost has difficulty with charging an iPhone 3GS. When tested in the lab, it was with a 3rd party cable and worked flawlessly. Testing at home with an original Apple sync cable, the phone said that charging was unsupported. From what I've read, the dock connectors inside Apple cables have an "auth chip" which may be interfering with the charger. It would be appreciated if this could be tested with other make/model phones, original and 3rd party cables.

    February 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a blast, it was my first time soldering!

    February 9, 2011

  • Sarah G.


    February 9, 2011

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