Announcing: The Joule Thief Kit!

January 2013, the MakerBar teamed up with the Hoboken Public Library’s Hoboken DIY series to offer a class the likes of which they’ve never seen – we taught them how to solder!

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But the kits these brave Hobokenites soldered were no ordinary kits… they were custom kits made specially for them by MakerBar member Zack Freedman!

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These special-edition kits solder together quickly and easily to create The Joule Thief, a flashlight that runs off of dead batteries! Did I mention that these flashlights are really, really bright? Because they are – far more powerful than any LED flashlight ought to be, even those that aren’t using dead batteries as the power source!

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Come to a MakerBar Soldering Night and learn to solder your own Joule Thief for only $10! A beginner can solder this awesome kit in only one hour, and have the most powerful flashlight on the planet that runs off of dead AA’s!

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The Joule Thief was based off an Instructables by QS and a design by Guan Yang, member of fellow hackerspace HackManhattan, improved by our master kit-forger Zack Freedman. It’s easy to solder, easy to use, and keeps you safe in an emergency.

This Joule Thief is available exclusively at the MakerBar – come during any Wednesday Soldering Night to claim yours for just $10!

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Already got your kit? Read the instructions on how to solder it together. Interested in developing it further? Fork the MakerBar Joule Thief from Zack’s GitHub repo!

These guys beta-tested our Version 0.1. Expect Verson 1 soon, bringing easier soldering, angled LED’s, and your choice of a button or a switch.

We heard that our members and participants love kits they can use right away. Stay tuned for more custom kits to get a jump start in technology, brought to you by Zack Freedman and Hoboken’s kick-ass hackerspace!