Minty boost WITH MINTS!

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Minty boost WITH MINTS! by Fluxcapacitor Mar 27, 2013
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This is like the minty boost project but my own DIY version that has a custom insert for an altoids tin.


All you have to do is get an Altoids container and remove mints. I used a 9v battery and connector and a 5v regulator hooked to a toggle switch. There is a salvaged USB port with a couple of resistors on the data lines (to trick apple products) and when you flip the switch a small red indicator lets you know 5v is going to the USB port for emergency charging. I'm sure you would not get more than one or two charges on a conventional smartphone. The toggle has a momentary spring loaded position that operates a SUPER bright white LED with a resistor in series to keep it from self destructing.

Long story short this insert gives you a spot to tuck away your electronics, a spot for the 9v and of course a section for some curiously strong mints.

I made a few of these at Christmas and they were a lot of fun.


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Do you have any schematics for your mintyboost design?? Amazing idea by the way,

Its just a standard mint container. The insert I made pops in and a 9v battery goes in the middle slot. The circuit is just a regulator and a switch hooked to a usb port. And some apple products require a resistor on the data lines to trick it into thinking its an apple accessory.