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AA Solar Charger in Altoids Tin

AA Solar Charger in Altoids Tin

| Joshua Zimmerman

I do a lot of camping in the summer and like to travel light.  I also love taking photos and hate it when my batteries die right before I take an awesome photo.

Thus I decided to design a little battery recharger that was small, light weight, and cute.  Ok, the cute part wasn't the original idea but who can argue with cute?

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Altoids Flashlight

Altoids Flashlight

| Joshua Zimmerman

 

In this guide, I'll show you the way I make the Altoids Flashlights that I sell on my website and Etsy. They only cost a few dollars to make, and can be made in under twenty minutes. When you're finished you'll have a very professional and stylish flashlight that is actually useful. Plus they make great "guy gifts" for guys of any age.

 

It seems as if making an Altoids flashlight is a right of passage for newbie electronics enthusiasts. It was the first project I ever did, and I continue to use it as a "my first soldering project" with the students in my middle school science classroom. It's a low cost, low risk project that helps teach the fundamentals of soldering and electronics.

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Altoids Smalls LED Flashlight

Altoids Smalls LED Flashlight

| Joshua Zimmerman

I really love making projects out of Altoids. Especially the new Altoids Smalls tins. They're so small and so very very cute.

 

I've seen a couple of Instructables on how to turn these small tins into flashlights, but I think that we can do a better job. Both in appearance and craftsmanship.

 

This little guide will show you how to make a flashlight out of an Altoids Smalls tin in a way that's both easy to do, and has a classy result.

 

Time: 20-30
Price: Less than $4
Mints eaten: 14

 

This a great project for beginners or kids.

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Bristlebots

Bristlebots

| Wil Tushaus

Bristlebots are fun, zippy little bugs. They're quick and easy to put together, and lots of fun to play with. Make them race, or compete in various challenges. Difficulty: Easy Build Time: 10 minutes Instructions Bristlebot_Instructions.pdf En Español.pdf Buy Bristlebot Kit - Single Pack Bristlebot Kit - Four Pack Bristlebot...

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Circuit Putty

Circuit Putty

| Wil Tushaus

Circuit Putty can be used to create tools and activities that allow kids of all ages to experiment with circuits and electronics using play dough. Using our provided unique recipe, you can create a batch of non-toxic, conductive play dough! It's simple to make and works great with all of...

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