This week it’s the high capacity USB charger by veggek!
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Solar Testing and Tech Support at Voltaic Systems / Adafruit Jobs Board.
Voltaic Systems designs portable power systems to power electronics: from cell phones to laptops (and even Minty Boosts). We’re looking for someone to help with a wide range of technical responsibilities.
Tiny, cheap, and dangerous: Inside an iPhone charger. Ken writes -
I opened up a cheap phone charger and examine how the circuit works. In the process, I find that the manufacturer cut a lot of safety corners, and it’s nowhere near US safety standards. There’s a reason that name-brand chargers cost a bit more.
Since you reverse-engineered the protocol for Apple chargers, you will probably be interested in reference #15 from my article… which documents the resistances used by Sony and Apple chargers – their values are
very close to the ones you found.
Here’s Ladyada reverse engineering the iPod/iPhone charger.
Nice solar MintyBoost build by William.
Previously there was a very popular Instructable on making your own “Solar MintyBoost” – before you needed to get parts from various places, now you can get them all in one spot – at the Adafruit shop! So – if you want to make solar MintyBoost, here’s how — (read more).
What did Mom solder up for you this holiday? Check out this awesome post on Reddit. Monkeyhoo writes -
Celebrated Christmas early this year – this is what my mom made me. Pretty bad ass, my phone dies all the time and I rarely have my charger with me. (imgur.com)
That’s our MintyBoost kit and best of all, we’re starting to see the celebration of making things get out to more and more places. Thanks Nick!
Does the MintyBoost work with the iPod 4S and iOS 5? YES! Every time there is a new OS or phone we make sure to test right away, we’re pleased to report the MintyBoost is happily charging our iOS 5 phones and the new iPhone 4S.
Solar minty lives via the forums! Ransomhall writes -
I finally stopped playing around with all the parts (monitoring setup above) and wrapped up the 6V 3.7W panel, Minty, and solar lipo charger in a nice fluorescent blue acrylic housing. Along with a 6600 mAh battery, I can now charge the heck out of USB powered gadgets. See http://www.ransomhall.com/Pages/solbooster.aspx for more details of this build. I am going to create an Instructable for this and enter it in the Epilog laser cutter contest. I’ll post links when that is ready.
Prepare to become one with the Force, Jedi… Darth Maul style MintyBoost…
We had this ready to go if needed, wasn’t needed.
We have a lot of new folks to electronics making kits now, it’s great! – and with that there are a lot of tips, hints and check lists we are working on to better assist with questions in the customer support forums. Here’s one for the MintyBoost. The MintyBoost can power so many devices, used with so many batteries, cables, etc, etc in so many configurations we have a handy check list to help you when you need help making this kit! It’s a mini-FAQ our support team put together. Enjoy! Before you post about a MintyBoost issue… Read this!