With the MintyBoost USB Charger in your pocket, there’s no need to worry when your gadget runs out of batteries and you’re nowhere near a charger.
Our Kit Bundle provides the electronic components as well as the MAKE project tin to house them in. The build is so simple, it’s suitable for beginners, and with basic soldering and our clear instructions, you’ll have your own MintyBoost USB Charger in under two hours. Just build the kit, put it in the tin, add two AA batteries, and your USB-powered gadget will be back in action in no time.
The high-efficiency power conversion circuit is up to 83% effective, outputs 5V @ 500mA, and will run your iPod for hours — in fact, for 2.5 times longer than you'd get from a 9V USB charger! You can use rechargeable batteries too.
In tests, the MintyBoost 3.0 gave the following results:
- iPhone (all types): 3/4 full recharge
- iPod video (tested, using alkaline batteries): 3 hours more video (1 full recharge)
- iPod mini (tested w/rechargeables): 26 hours more (1.5 full recharges)
- iPod nano: 4 full recharges
- iPod shuffle: 60 hours more (5 full recharges)!
Did we mention the instant geek cred you get for charging your gadget with a mint tin? Your friends will be wowed by your MacGyver–like resourcefulness.
The MintyBoost Kit v3.0 was designed in NYC by open source hardware pioneer Adafruit Industries, in partnership with MAKE and MakerShed.