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USB Gadget Charger in an Altoids Tin

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USB Gadget Charger in a Peppermint Altoids Tin

** Fully assembled and tested. **

Tin is the newer style Peppermint flavor with the raised lettering on the lid.

Based on the MintyBoost v2.0 kit by adafruit industries this slightly modified version doubles the charging capacity by using a modified 4 AA cell battery holder.

This charger does more then just provide the 5 volts required to charge USB powered devices. The circuit incorporates a DC to DC boost converter (http://bit.ly/bIMrMN) that is able to draw power from batteries that may otherwise be considered "dead". Also known as a "Joule thief" (http://bit.ly/c2M7Hh) this means you get more output from your battery power investment.

Ideally suited for use with rechargeable AA batteries this charger can be used with all AA type batteries. This is a great device to include in "Go Kits" for first responders who need to keep USB powered devices operational while on deployment.

Batteries not included.

This charger works with "most" USB powered devices.

Tested working with: iPod nano/mini/photo/video/shuffle, iPhone (except 3Gs & 4), Blackberry, iPaq, Creative MP3 players, Zune, OpenMoko, Android G1, PSP, Treo, Garmin GPS, iRiver, etc. Please see a full listing at the Minty Boost webpage ( http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/ ) to see if your device is tested to work before purchasing.

This item is provided under the Creative Commons 2.5 attribution license; courtesy of Lady Ada (www.ladyada.net).

Please note: By purchasing this device you expressly understand and agree that you bear all risks associated with using or relying on the device.

For questions or support issues please email RoysterBot [!at] gmail.com.

USB Gadget Charger in an Altoids Tin


  • Materials: mintyboost, altoids tin, 4 aa battery holder
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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