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How To Make Your Own Battery-Pack And Recharger

If you're in the mood for a geeky project, you can purchase a kit that includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own MintyBoost: a small and simple (but very powerful) USB charger for your iPod (or other MP3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge.

This project is suitable for beginners, some soldering tools are necessary but even if you've never soldered before it should be pretty easy. When you're done, the charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an Altoids gum tin, and will run your iPod for hours. You can use rechargable batteries too. What's this all about?

The kit, $19.50, has been tested and works with: iPod nano/mini/photo/video/shuffle, Blackberry, iPaq, LuxPro Tangent, Rio Carbon and Samsung T809. Apparently, if you get the right cord set up, you also use it for your Nintendo DS.

For more info, check out the Minty Boost website.

Join The Conversation
Static-Chemisty Static-Chemisty 9 years
Aww man I totally thought I found something but you beat me too it!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
ahah interesting!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
That's AWESOME!
razzing razzing 10 years
I totally want to try this!
Mae Mae 10 years
This is just crazy! I'm going to try to make one in the next couple of weeks for sure.
chukkyd chukkyd 10 years
Gotta say this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! And what camera was used to take these pix - they are so crisp and clear!! I needed a new iPod Battery so I got one from the juice guys - did it myself too! Not as cool as this tin can/battery solution but at least mine is working again! booyaa!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
That's insane.
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 10 years
That's awesome.
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