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30th August 2010, 06:27 PM |#2  
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id prolly buy one at $30 just because it is bad ass!!!! id prefer $20 or $25 but whatever, lol still kinda cool
30th August 2010, 06:36 PM |#3  
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Well I'm unemployed starting last Friday so I have to make a couple of bucks on each one. I think it will end up being around $5 profit on each one so I won't be making much.

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30th August 2010, 07:29 PM |#4  
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Not trying to hijack this... but these are awesome. I built one last year for my G1 and other devices. Well worth it.
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http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/solder.html
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Since it looks like you're basically buying the LadyAda kit [that circuit definitely looks like one of hers] and building it, I could see $30 being a decent price (as long as you're using the v3 of the kit) IF you're throwing in the batteries.

I can't see paying an extra $10 just for you building the kit though (sorry, but I know how easy it is to solder those).


Unless you can get those parts significantly cheaper than what LadyAda is selling her kits for, I don't see this being very profitable for you.

Newegg has the same basic thing in a (admittedly less cool looking case) for $20.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16875999294

I've seen similar [not identical] items got for as low as $2 in the past: http://www.goldengadgets.com/emergen...e-charger.html
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Since it looks like you're basically buying the LadyAda kit [that circuit definitely looks like one of hers] and building it, I could see $30 being a decent price (as long as you're using the v3 of the kit) IF you're throwing in the batteries.

I can't see paying an extra $10 just for you building the kit though (sorry, but I know how easy it is to solder those).


Unless you can get those parts significantly cheaper than what LadyAda is selling her kits for, I don't see this being very profitable for you.

Newegg has the same basic thing in a (admittedly less cool looking case) for $20.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16875999294

I've seen similar [not identical] items got for as low as $2 in the past: http://www.goldengadgets.com/emergen...e-charger.html

The only part coming from ladyada is the pcb. Like I said, this is an open source design and I was simply offering to make it for people who don't know how to solder.

Again, if you're interested in this let me know. I'll figure out a concrete price later tonight maybe. I'll have to see what shipping is going to look like. I'm not going to make much money on these at all.

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Sheesh, give the guy a break, he's just trying to make a buck. It's a good idea. People do the same thing on the diy guitar pedal effects forums - basically building kits for people who either don't know how or who just don't want to deal with it.

Good luck to the OP.
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Do you have a website to sell them from yet?

I'm on board for 3!
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It's cool, but I'd like to see what TSA airport security would make of this.
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First off, this is cool as hell.

Secondly, since the tin basically doesn't make any difference to performance, you could put it anything right ? Cigarette tin ? Old Gameboy ? Broken effects pedal ? Is it harder to add more batteries for extra capacity if you have the space ?

Finally, is entering the realms of crazy hard to add a 9v jack to this and make the whole unit rechargeable without replacing the batteries ?

Did anyone else see this and their brain connected straight to Steampunk Altoids Tin Etching ? Oh the possibilities Now I just need to make friends with someone who owns chemicals and won't end up dissolving me with them.

If you do go into making these, then I'd be interested as long as they'll let you ship them airmail. I can't see it being a problem, since you can ship most anything, but home made circuitry might be a problem for obvious reasons. Keep updating tho, is a cool project

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