From the MAKE Flickr pool

Once you’ve caught the ‘electronics bug’, spending time away from the workbench/lab can seem an unpleasant prospect. Luckily, one can carry on learning and experimenting with a minimal amount of hardware. Nick shares his own recipe for ultra-compact electronics prototyping – the Altoids Tin Electronics Lab

This is a small electronics lab in an altoids tin. It contains nearly everything to work on small projects, such as a breadboard, components (including several ICs), and a adjustable power supply. The power supply is a simple LM317 circuit, with the 317’s metal tab cut off to make it fit.

For details, check out Nick’s essential part list. I’m guessing quite a few of us have mobile kits along these lines. Share pics of your setup via the MAKE Flickr pool – we’d love to see ‘em!

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • TeenMaker

    This is a nice idea, but a guide on how to make one would have been helpful. I gave up trying to make it because it really only told you the parts list and no guide on how to make your own.