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We’re giving away amazing kits from our new Make: Ultimate Kit Guide EVERY DAY — thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, including MakerBots!

To celebrate the release of our latest publication, the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012 (and its companion website), we’re giving away at least one of the cool kits reviewed in the issue each day during the holiday season.

Today’s kit giveaway of the Learn to Solder Skill Badge may not be as glorious as some of the other items but we’re giving you 25 of them! In addition, we are throwing in a Variable Temperature Soldering Iron so you and 24 friends can learn to solder together.

It’s the perfect giveaway for hackerspaces, schools, or people that really like things that blink (a $79.99 total value.) Here is the review from the issue:

Thousands of people mastered soldering for the first time at this year’s Maker Faire events in the Maker Shed’s “Learn to Solder” tents, with the helpful coaching of Mitch Altman, Jimmie Rodgers, and dozens of other hackerspace volunteers. Participants left the Maker Shed with smiles on their faces, new skills, increased confidence, and a cool flashing LED badge to show for it. It’s the perfect gateway project kit for groups, after-school classes, or just for yourself.

To be eligible for today’s giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below in this post. The entry period for today’s prize will be until 11:59pm PST tonight. We’ll choose one person at random, you’ll be notified by email, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond. The Winners List is kept on the Giveaway landing page. That’s it! No purchase necessary or anything else to do. Please leave only one comment per post. You can enter as many giveaways as you like until you win. This giveaway is for US residents only. You also must be 18 years old to enter (Kids: Ask your parents to enter). See the Kit-A-Day Giveaway landing page for full sweepstakes details and Official Rules.

Day 4 and 5 Giveaways: The Day 4 winner has been notified. They have 24 hours left to respond.  The winner of Day 5 has been notified. They have 48 hours left to respond.

Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.

  • Keith Beard

    Nice!  Can use these with the scout troop to bring out the kids inner Makers!

  • Keith


  • Anonymous

    I would love to solder :P

  • Anonymous

    Nice – the soldering iron is the icing on the cake!

  • Bryan Bowman

    do want

  • Patrick Woods

    Awesome.  I always wanted to learn to solder, correctly.  I have mangled many repairs over the years and this would surely help! And, I can use it with my boy’s cub scout troop as well!

  • Anonymous

    Love it. Alas, I don’t think my 2 year old quite has the dexterity. Maybe I can get my wife to try it :)

  • Anonymous

    New Iron! Sweet!!!

  • Christian Restifo

    Hmmm….new activity for my Cub Scout den….

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if my boy’s school would be interested in this

  • Susan Midlarsky

    I would love to do this with my students!

  • Doug Johnson

    I’d love to learn to solder without big lumps of stuff. And I can share it with some teachers I know.

  • Steve Conover

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to solder

  • Anonymous

    Cat wait to solder! Really need a new iron too…

  • Hoover

    If I win this, I’m totally donating it to my son’s jr. high school. I think it would go well with their Lego  NXT class.

  • Michael Greb

    Sweet, my wife is a Cub Scouts pack leader for a new pack.  25 Would just cover all of the kids in the pack!

  • Christopher Berg

    My daughter would love this!  Oh – and the kitaday tag doesn’t seem to be working on posts…

  • Michael Stephens

    Yes please!

  • Anonymous

    oh please oh  please oh please!

  • Aaron Bosley

    Must have one

  • Anonymous

    This is so cool!

  • Anonymous

    My oldest son enjoyed his ‘learn to solder’ kits.  Time to get my youngest started…

  • Barry Merinsky

    wow thats super awesome!

  • Scot Brees

    I am about to launch a learn-to-solder program for elementary and middle schoolers. We just ordered 50 of these because they are so cool! Of course…can always take an extra one for personal use! ;-)

  • Joe Ratulowski

    I solder, therefor I am

  • Anonymous

    Coolness! Giveaways for our next meeting!

  • Anonymous

    I want to solder!

  • John Keenan

    Very cool

  • Jesse Chancellor

    I want one. PLEASE!!!!

  • Beth Deel

    yes please!

  • Tony Weiner

    blinking things!  cool!

  • Ken Junkins

    Looks like an opportunity to lear along with my grandson.

  • Sara Wagner

    Soldering looks AWESOME!

  • Dan

    Would love to do this with my sons scout den

  • Peter

    Sounds like this could be useful for some practical exercises in putting together circuits. Not sure if this covers plumbing and soldering, but that would be cool, too. My kid has definitely shown an interest in electronics so this could be useful to encourage that.

  • Marc Schaefermeyer

    Make: rules!

  • Anonymous

    I’m IN!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic,very very cool

  • Anonymous


  • Brian Lilly

    Thank you sir may I have another?

  • J. Smith


  • Anonymous

    I need to learn a new skill.  This would do the trick!

  • sri

    Awe Some.

  • Corri Cole

    I’m already the Soldering Queen, but I’ll give this to one of our part time student employees (A/V Classroom Support @ a DC/Metro-Area university) as an exciting (non-cash) prize.

  • Steven List

    I can teach my kid how to solder, yey bonding.

  • Anonymous

    Stocking stuffers for everyone on my list!

  • Kyle Duren

    This could be handy, I’ve lost my other soldering iron in my latest move.

  • Luis Benavides

    For the JaxHax group!

  • devinberg

    yes, please.

  • Pimwadee Limsirichai

    This is great :)

  • Brent Eric Thomas

    useful, nice

  • Craig Piercy

    My boys and I would love to add this badge to our maker clothes.

  • Ethan Dicks

    please send me your army of solderbots.

  • Terry Ford

    coolness factor beyond +.

  • Billy J. Dale

    blink, blink

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  • Martin Jameson

    25 things that blink AND a soldering iron? Count me in :-)

  • Allyn Goo

    hm i could use a new soldering iron

  • Tim Clark

    Santa who?  Yes please!

  • Anonymous

    I do love those blinky bots!

  • Christopher O’Keefe


  • Christopher O’Keefe


  • Steven Christensen

    Why not?

  • Ami Martinez Rowland

    This would be wonderful for me and my boy’s scout group.

  • Marcus Porter

    My son’s boy scout troop could use this to get the electronics badge.  Also, this post was not tagged with the “kit-a-day” tag that the others were.

  • Chris Spurgeon

    Commenting, like a boss.

  • JD Wallace


  • Douglas Bentley

    I would like to be notified that I was a winner, I already know I am….But always nice to have confirmation…. :-)

    Showed my boyz some soldering techniques last night regarding our tater launcher…..

  • James Wang

    Can wait to let my kids try.

  • James Clawson Jr.

    Love to win and then give it away to a kid.

  • Benedict Domzalski

    solder soldier, reporting in

  • Thomas Harning

    Would be great to get some practice in and start fostering electronics interest in my daughter  (plus she’d simply love the light-up pin)

  • Chris Barber

    Excellent, was just looking into getting something for my son and his cub scout pack 

  • John Sackey

    Oh I already learned to solder so I’ll pass on this one….OH SON OF A

  • Allen Boehm

    Make “pun intended” for a great weekend get together.

  • Tom Coyle


  • Mike Ransom

    Would be great for our troop’s next Electronic Merit Badge session

  • Derek Rowe

    Simultaneously reading “Make:Electronics” and dipping into MIT’s free online E.E. courses. What a trip!

  • Charles Hobbs

    Ah, I could actually use this one….got a class of 12-14 year olds to keep busy.

  • Anonymous

    Could use this at my son’s next cub scout meeting

  • Anonymous

    My son would love it!

  • Michael Boschet


  • Andy Curtis


  • Anonymous

    Sweet… could be just the push needed to start a local hacker space. :)

  • Anonymous

    Another cool giveaway

  • Chris Krueger

    fingers crossed

  • Philip Lexow

    It always comes down to the basics doesn’t it?

  • James Seymour

    I’m working with a project to get people into engineering this would be perfect!

  • Vincent Fitts


  • Andy Boatman

    Perfect for my daughter!

  • Anonymous

    woot! blinky leds! I want ’em!

  • Michele Saxton Vozza

    Would love to do this as a team building activity with our 3 FIRST LEGO League teams!

  • Anonymous

    School project for the kids class!!!!

  • Rob Colby

    This would be nifty stocking stuffers for sure.  I know a couple littler ones who go camping and would get a kick out of carrying around their own little light.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I want it!

  • John Wood

    Put me down for 1 free gift please. 

  • harold jennett

    Am I too old ? 

  • Laith Preston

    I too think this is a cool kit and I can think of a few little makers that would find this fun. Me Me Pick Me!

  • Randy Crowell


  • Anonymous

    I am a robot looking for 25 friends.

  • Matt Boyce

    This is really cool. Those would be so fun to make with the kids in my family.

  • Patrick Malone

    Oh, that would be very nice! i would have so much fun! :-)

  • Scott

    I’ve been anxious to learn to solder!

  • tyson law


  • Anonymous

    kits are cool.

  • Tyson Koger

    I want one!

  • Anonymous

    very cool kit

  • S.R. Wild

    I want

  • Chris

    looks like a cool kit to teach my wife how to solder :D

  • Eric Keaton

    I’ve been itching to learn to solder.

  • Anonymous

    token comment

  • Patrick Bynum

    These would be perfect for my mechatronics class

  • Anonymous

    A fleet of glowing robots!

  • Bill Peck

    I’m doing the electronics MB with my scouts Tonight. :-)

  • Brian Givens

    If I won this, I’d take it right to my daughter’s Daisy troop and teach them all to solder!

  • Pete Prodoehl

    Fun kit! Great for the kids…

  • Gina Clifford

    Cool! If I win, I’ll donate them to the local Fab Lab for the beginning soldering classes!

  • Josh Leake-Campbell

    Wow, I could use this. We were agonizing over how to teach her soldering last night, what starter gear to get, etc. Perfect timing.

  • Francis Miller

    This would be awesome for geeky people with friends if they aren’t forever alone.

  • duncancreamer

    What a perfect little stocking stuffer. 

  • duncancreamer

    What a great stocking stuffer! -Err, something happened and it seems to have posted twice. I know not why.

  • Anonymous

    Do they move around and say “delete”?

  • Techmonkey

    This would be great for me to use at the local high school.

  • Derek Tracy

    1 Variable Soldering Iron Please :)

  • Keith McCorvie

    I love blinky things. They put me in a trance.

  • Owen Collins

    Here’s hoping….

  • Mike Douglas

    My wife was just asking me to teach her how to solder.  The iron looks much better than the hot-stick I use.  Sign me up.

  • Derek Tombrello

    My girlfriend is making me do this for her :-) She REALLY wants this!

  • Paige Gyldersleve

    Oh, the things I could make with a soldering iron!

  • Thomas Kilgour

    oh i like the soldering iron!

  • Kristina

    This is my favorite one so far. It may not be as glamourous, but would be perfect for my boys- all of them.

  • Mike Knudson

    Would love a replacement to my aging non adjustable Irons…

  • Anonymous

    Sweet. I could use a new soldering iron.

  • Kitty Nikolai

    I would LOVE to win these for my kid’s Montessori School!!!!!

  • Andrew Garza

    This is so cool that you guys are doing this.

  • Craig Peterson

    I would love to teach my daughter and all of her friends how to solder.

  • Tyler Gates

    Oh man, this might just be the early gift I was looking for…

  • Sarah Nasson

    Yes Please

  • Craig Peterson

    I would love one.

  • Anonymous

    Too hard for my 6yo son to try?

    • Anonymous

       I don’t have kids, but 6 does seem a bit young for soldering typically. If you win, I’d box it up and give it as a gift when he or she gets a bit older.

  • Sean Hannam

    This would be a great gift for my son who would love to get into electronics!

  • Kurt Or LaZann Eilander

    Still pretty cool prize.

  • Paul Burdick


  • Anonymous

    Good luck to us all! Thank you very much for the contests and I hope I win one too.

  • Don Sticksel

    Who doesn’t like to solder?

  • Anonymous

    Nice solder station. And, I can use the merit badge to introduce the kids to the joy of soldering.

  • Nathan Pryor

    Nevermind the kids, I’ll teach my grownup friends how to solder.

  • Chris Westrick

    Definitely a lot better soldering station than I have.

  • Jon

    I could teach my kids with this

  • Jennifer Hamilton

    I need to learn how to solder PROPERLY.  Trying to pick it up from the instructions included in a $15 soldering iron didn’t work out so well…

  • Anonymous

    My old soldering iron is dead…

  • david

    A very nice upgrade to my iron.

  • mazzmn

    sweet, we could use this for our computer club lab nights

  • Anonymous

    Setting up my workbench and would love to have something like this to start my kids on…

  • tojosan

    Tis wou
    D be my first soldering iron. I’m in.

  • Anonymous

    new iron would be great

  • Anonymous

    I could use a new soldering iron. The one I have has been used by 3 generations of my family, I think.

  • Philip Strong

     This would be great fun to throw a learn to solder party :)

  • aimee petkus

    looks like a sweet soldering iron!

  • Ryan

    I actually could use a soldering iron…

  • Jay Graves

    Looks nice!

  • Anonymous

    This will be great for teaching my friends how to solder!

  • Anonymous

    I promise I’ll stop entering after I win something!

  • John Schuch

    Happy Holidays!!

  • James Duncan

    Does it have an “any” key?

  • Kandy Klee

    My 11 year old needs this…he is trying to make a heater powered by magnets.

  • Anonymous

    This would be fantastic for my Cub Scout Den!

  • Kevin Granade

    I’d like the iron, and I think my local hackerspace would find a use for the badges :)

  • Bcook65

    Oh yes ! Love the smell of solder in the morning…

  • Joel Smith

    Excellent beginner’s soldering project and a very nice soldering iron. Someone’s going to be happy. 

  • Brian Ray

    I’d love to have an iron that didn’t come from Ratshack.

  • Steph

    yes please

  • Anonymous

    I do need a new soldering iron. I have use the two old ones that I have for burning/melting plastic and I do not like the one I now use to solder with. And the kits would be nice to donate to the High School beginning electronics class.

  • rl


  • Anonymous


  • Ben Brandt

    Looks cool! This would be great to get my son started soldering when he’s a little older.

  • Andrew Holcomb

    Bring on the Solder!  I have a failing amp that needs some fixing

  • Liz Randall Delaney

    Oh my gosh… this is on my son’s Christmas wish, and I have 22 nieces and nephews on my hsuband’s side (10 kids in the family). Would be a blast on Christmas! Pick me!!  :)

  • Anonymous

    This would be great & share with the local scouts

  • Irwin Bautista

    my daughter don’t need no stinkin badges. ok, maybe she does.

  • Vandasian

    soldering iron!

  • Robert Beatty

    I’m down. I have soldering iron, but I’m not the best at using it and it would be nice to have a soldering iron with a stand.

  • Charles Haase

    My kids would love one of these!  I just need to figure out how they can share ;)

  • Gavin Jackson

    Nice Iron!

  • Anonymous

    Cool, I’ve always sucked at soldering

  • Casey Nielson

    my comment here

  • Benjamin Huelsbergen

    Another day another chance to win :)

  • B B

    Pick me, please.

  • Matt

    That would be quite the upgrade to my soldering iron right now…

  • Anonymous

    Yeah! Another chance.

  • Barclay Osborn

    Much better the the iron I currently have.  Which is, none to speak of.

  • Brian Berry

    Sounds great

  • James Carey

    This is awesome. Do Want (To Make)

  • Anonymous

    Enter Me

  • Jacob Shepherd

    Nice iron.

  • Geromy Harper

    Nice!  I’ve been looking for an excuse to upgrade my iron…

  • Aaron Barlow

    Reminds me of my dad’s soldering iron. He taught me to solder, but it would be nice to have an excuse to solder again. 

  • Aaron Barlow

    Reminds me of my dad’s soldering iron. He taught me to solder and it would be nice to have an excuse to solder again. 

  • Sean McLaws

    Please Please Please Pick Me :)

  • Joseph Reilly


  • Barry Briggs

    Sign me up, I’ll take (win) one.

  • Michael Andrews

    We dont need no stinking Badges…..

  • Jon Robelia


  • Ken

    Count me in!

  • Garrett Rodrigues

    I’d love a kit!

  • Pat Booth

    I have a long ‘arrow’ on my arm from last week’s soldering mishap.  Please help me replace my 20 year old soldering iron.  Thanks.

  • Rich de la Torre

    Please pick me!

  • Dan O’Brien

    SWEET! 25 X more fun!

  • Kayla Bayens

    Seems like its eyes should flash!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Oooh, that sounds like fun.
    Pick me!

  • Adam Thielsen

    This looks great, I would love to win one!

  • Annelle Ertelt King

    My son and our robotics team needs this!!!

  • R & J

    I like things that blink!

  • Phil Mandryk

    In Canada.

    Cannot win.Sad robot is sad. * _ *

  • Nirmal Intwala

    Can I get one!!

  • Josiah Ritchie

    This would be great for the soldering classes that we want to have at Make Lehigh Valley in January. Having the same soldering irons as well as a first project all provided would really help decrease the organization, appeal and clarity of the classes.

  • Brad Kairdolf

    This looks great.

  • Will Harrison

    I don’t have a soldering iron. :(

  • Anonymous

    Would love this for the kid!

  • Thomas M Sutter

    Anyone leaving grad school needs their own soldering iron.

  • Fightcube

    Wow! This is awexome!  I’ll open up my basement lab to my friends, neighbors and family for a Learn To Solder party if I get these!! :-)

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t mind one, even tho I know how to solder :)

  • Jason Greskoviak

    hook me up!

  • Mac

    Whoah.  Lots of chances to win this one!  

  • Garrett Charles

    This is same one I gave away in Sept.

  • Jeffery Pinkston

    Heat + metal =fun

  • Anonymous

    that’d be a fun activity for my kid’s school

  • Michelle Johnson Walach

    Yay! Building stuff is fun!

  • Matthew Wright

    Yes, please.

  • Stefan Jones

    Oh, I would TOTALLY put this to good use.

  • Rebecca Hatherley

    Great advertising!

  • Norman Johnson Jr.

    Pick me, please!!!

  • Anders Arson

    If I learn to solder, I will build a coil gun. I already have the flash capacitors!

  • Jorge DLG

    I like!

  • Tori Jameson

    this would be Amazing! I would throw a learn to solder party with/for some creative-maker sorts I know. how fun!

  • Tony Beletti

    Soldering is a slowly evolving hobby here.  This would really help it along.

  • Adam Hathaway


  • Anonymous

    I could use an upgrade to my iron. Also, I think I’ve earned the badge at this point.

  • Jacob Laha

    In for one.

    Really excited. I am looking forward to starting to delve into arduino this coming year and get some exciting projects started around the house.

  • Daniel

    I love the smell of solder in the morning

  • Michael Phillips

    This is an awsome website.

  • Gudrun ‘Gudi’ Thomassen


  • Mark Hanford

    Can soldering iron also be used for branding?

  • Barnaby D. Hoit

    I do need a decent soldering iron, and learn how to use it.

  • John Barnhardt


  • Matt


  • Joseph Hitt

    Woo free stuff

  • Schuyler Maclay


  • Stafford Morse


  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Evevn old men can learn how to solder

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! If would love to win and solder the cool badge!

  • Justin Robillard

    I need this because I don’t know how to solder

  • Don Underwood

    That would be a cool gift for my little cousin. My son’s are too young to solder atm. soon though… soon… ;)

  • Seth

    Biting again…

  • Anonymous

    I’ll try.

  • Christopher Favreau

    25 x Wow!

  • Jeff Green

    This sounds fun!

  • Forrest Frye


  • Matthew Wetmore

    Ooh, a “gateway” project.  I’m sure there’ll be a law against it soon…

  • Anonymous

    Here goes nothing! Fingers crossed! :-P :-D

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to use a soldering iron that costs more then $3.

  • Anonymous

    I never did learn to solder, I need this as well! Thanks!

  • Phil Golden

    count me in….

  • Brandi

    I’ve done a badge at MakerFaire 2010, but a another would be fine– and that soldering iron’s a beaut!

  • Anonymous

    I will teach 25 randomly-selected people to solder if I win.

  • Nim

    Soldering FTW!

  • Dave Walker

    Cool! I want to learn to solder! And the other 24 would be awesome for the lab at my father-in-law’s school.

  • Anonymous

    cool for teaching the kids and scouts

  • Anonymous

    Pick me! pick me!

  • Cathy McCaughan

    I would love, love, love to donate this to my son’s school:

    The school is brand new and has almost no supplies.

  • Clayton Doyle

    Love the badge.

  • Kristi Stricklin

    Again a great tool for my classroom

  • Anonymous

    Learn to solder Badge kit Another Great kit

  • Scott Sanders

    For some strange reason I love to solder and find any excuse to do so.

  • Roger Link

    I’m in

  • Roger Link

    I’m in.

  • Sean Wager

    These were a hit at Maker Faire! My son loved it.

  • Jules McNubbin


  • Reed J. Williams

    This would be perfect to teach my kids with. My 4 year old (daughter) loves tinkering with me and has been enjoying learning about electronics.

  • Žymantas Večorskis

    If it’s random selection, does it mean that comment should be stupid?
    I can’t understand why would someone would want to give a away such expensive tool.
    Oh and if i would win this, this tool will be very useful to me. All i got is this cheepy creepy tool for a 5$ :/. But you know the proverb. For a bad dancer, even a dance-shoes is a hinder.

  • Brian

    My wife is a girl scout leader- Pick me!!

  • marshall miller

    I want one

  • Roy Griffith

    This would be a cool prize. I could giver them to 25 of my closest friends.

  • Spencer Behling

    This would be nice

  • Lahcen Ghourabi

    I wolud like to have one to improve my solder skills.

  • Eric Haseltine

    My equipment could use an upgrade

  • Joe Crop

    Wow! Imagine what you can do with all those LEDs!

  • David Henson

    I really need a good backup iron.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like fun – I could really use a new soldering iron, and my local hackerspace could probably use some blinky badges.

  • David Henson

    I really need a good backup iron.

  • J.R. Blackham

    I could use a new soldering iron.

  • Craig Bankston

    Nice kit

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take one!

  • Terence Magno

    no comment. 

  • Scott Johnson

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  • Mark K

    MAKE is awesome!

  • Tod

    Awesome soldering iron.  I could solder 25 badges in 30 minutes with that thing.

  • Dan Bennett

    It’s like boy scouts for electronics enthusiasts! 

  • Anonymous

    Bttr than practicing on th kyboard.

  • Cory Gra

    So we just have to be careful not to solder our zippers closed :)

  • Kevin McHugh

    I love things that blink!

  • Anonymous

    Woo-hoo! Thanks for the contest.

  • Anonymous

    Nifty.  The 10 year-old’s homeschool buddies would love to learn to solder!

  • Anonymous

    woo hoo!

  • Jake Roth

    I have some friends who would dig these. 

  • Anonymous

    Giveaway entry.

  • Joe

    Count me in

  • Anonymous

    i need

  • Anonymous

    That’s funny, me and my 24 trivia buddies were just looking for something to melt onto each other’s foreheads

  • Creto De Cristo

    This is awesome!

  • psmay


  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    We’ve had a maker project in our kids b-day parties the last few years.  This would be a great project for kids with a wonderful take home gift.

  • Blue Tube

    Is eating solder like eating the past back when I was a lad

  • Royce Lloyd

    Count me in.

  • Mark Johnson

    Pick Me!

  • Joseph Elsbernd

    Pick me!

  • William Homan-Muise

    I could use a few lessons on soldering

  • James Patrick


  • Lan Pham Jr.

    oooo I want one!

  • Christopher Williams

    Me wants

  • Matt Hellmer

    This would help teach my brother to solder.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I’ll win…

  • Nate


  • Scott Saunders

    I would love to replace my battered and abused cheap soldering iron.

  • Jesse Hawkins

    If I win, I’ll hand them out as badges of honor to people that I have taught to solder.

  • Luke Lathrop

    need a new iron for my daughter!

  • Keith Pimmel


  • Anonymous

    ooh nice Soldering Iron

  • Michael D. Hughes

    Looks like fun.

  • Anonymous

    If I’m really stingy can I solder all the badges on my own without any sharing?

  • Blair R

    I sure hope randomness likes me.

  • Robert Wallace

    the iron would make a nice upgrade to my current one

  • Anonymous

    I see a good school project for my daughter

  • Joseph Driscoll

    You can’t beat soldering practice and free pins for friends. 

  • Gary Ferguson

    Now I have to find 24 friends….

  • Mike Marbut


  • Frank Ashcraft

    A Kit a Day!? No Waaaay!

  • Jon Filteau

    Fun Project to start and help others learn to Solder

  • Avraham

    still learning to solder…

  • Anonymous

    A badge or courage.

  • Sirpa-Leena Unelma

    I like it!
    I’m in.

  • Anonymous

    Hey id love to learn how to solder!

  • Anonymous

    Sign me up!

  • Dan Camp

    That looks like the next step up from my soldering iron…wouldn’t mind winning that, and my son’s HS robotics club could use the kits for teaching new members…Oooo pick me, pick me .

  • Ray Dzek

    Love this.  Would be perfect to teach our Scout troop soldering.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    i would love a kit! plus the soldering iron here has seen better days :)

  • Eugene Chang

    Lets go free stuff!

  • Parker East

    Down in front!

  • Colin Faulkingham

    This would be another great one for the Hackerspace.

  • Brad P

    Truly this is a life skill that everyone should know how to do. And no, I’m not very good at it.  My soldering jobs conduct electricity but they are not very pretty to look at.  There’s this guy I know from Old Town whose works of solder have been displayed in Art Museums across the land. People come from miles around to behold the marvelous works.

  • Anonymous

    know who I can teach to solder

  • Anonymous

    A great giveaway!

  • Allison

    This would be an awesome class project! Love it!

  • shannon wheeler

    Cool, I don’t even have a soldering iron.

  • Laura Lynch Yona

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • Anonymous

    I am a high-school science teacher and the co-sponsor of the school’s robot club.  I would donate the badges and soldering station to the club if I win.

  • Dan Pollack

    I don’t need to learn to solder but I know a hackerspace that could use the iron.

  • John Albers-Mead

    Ooo!  Me!  Me!

  • Anonymous

    would love to win… can”t wait to (re-) learn soldering with my daughter.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds cool!

  • Steven Foley

    This giveaway is rad on so many levels!   

  • Sarah Angerer

    My husband has been bugging me to get this kit for my Girl Scouts to do.  If I win this giveaway, I guess I’ll have to (or maybe HE can come teach them to solder!).

  • Andrew

    This is a nice prize.  Learning to solder is certainly useful.

  • Chad Lovelace

    Would really really love to win this could really really use this really really bad!!


  • Miss Demeanor

    The lil peeps and I would be stoked to win this one!

  • Robert Levenson

    I’ll take one! Would love to learn to solder!

  • Tracy Dryden

    Do I really need 25 of them?

  • Anonymous

    Would be great for a workshop

  • terry gaines

    crossing fingers and leaving comment….

  • Michele Shoats

    I could use this to brush up on my soldering skills.

  • DakotaE

    I don’t think I have twenty acquaintances, let alone twenty friends! Still, my Shack iron doesn’t have anything you can call a ‘tip’ left, and every time I use it, the smells makes me fear for my house, so a new iron would be very neat!

  • Chad Keller

    Super sweet!

  • Jason King

    Fingers crossed!

  • Hap Durr

    These look like a fun way to teach the kids to solder!

  • Michael Campbell

    This would be awesome to teach my little sisters and cousins

  • Kevin

    I’ll stop the world and melt with you.

  • Anonymous

    If I won this, I would have to share with others who don’t know how to solder.

  • Larrynn Carver

    My kid’s art class is learning t solder, sharing two ireons for 30 kids. This would be perfect for her class!

  • Teresa Liao

    I want to solder my own Arduino please.

  • Anonymous

    I’m willing to round up 25 friends if I win.

  • John Kicklighter

    Nice kit!

  • James Bremenour

    This is my favorite prize to date.  The makerbot is pretty cool, but you can’t make a soldering iron with a makerbot (yet)!  Whereas a soldering iron would be an invaluable tool in a DIY makerbot project.

    Thanks once again for the opportunity.

  • Anonymous

    Great idea with the solder badges

  • Tim Nolan

    A much improved version over the RadioShack 25W I have in my kit. I use my Weller ColdHeat a lot of the time, but a variable temp would really improve the solder joints.

  • David Price

    This would be a great addition to help us teach our boy scouts some basic soldering skills for their electronics Merit Badge.

  • Anonymous


  • Jake Stephens

    I would like to learn how to solder very much please.

  • Tom Stearns

    I’d love to show my friends how to solder!

  • Sean

    What a good way to get friends interested!

  • Chris Saenz

    This is not a bad give-away at all.  I would be happy to win this.

  • Anonymous

    Shame on you – these little guys are every bit as glorious as a Makerbot – to some, perhaps more so.

  • Kelley


  • Statler or Waldorf

    Man I suck at soldering.

  • Michelle Sullivan Goldsmith

    oh, i neeed to learn to solder!!!

  • Jeff Anderson

    I’m definitely a fan of soldering!

  • Anonymous


  • K2 nSF

    I want to solder!

  • Marni Greene

    OOooh Fun!

  • Austin Cash Priebe


  • Ashley Huxley

    I hope I win all these contests :)

  • Brad Trotter

    This is pretty cool.

  • LeslieC

    I want to win this kit.  Please, pretty, pretty please?

  • Alex Boucher

    Hey! I need a soldering iron!

  • Anonymous

    in for 1

  • Daniel Smith

    Sweet giveaway!  I know at least half-a-dozen people who have asked me to teach them how to solder and this would be the perfect opportunity.  Getting the iron would be even cooler – I’m still using a cheap-o Radio Shack pencil iron that has seen better days.  Here’s hoping!

  • Chris Von Bargen

    I would love to improve my soldering skills and then teach a group of people to solder.

  • Anonymous

    Yippie Kay yay. Squeeze your toes on the carpet and you will feel like Bruce Willis.

  • Jay


  • Stacy Bourns

    Another nice prize

  • rauscherjoan

    yay learn to solder badges and a soldering iron  what a great combination

  • Tucker Wilson

    banana hammock

  • Ryan

    Please and thanks!

  • Laurence Doss

    I so need to learn to solder.

  • Ian McAllister

    That would come in quite handy!

  • Brett Fieber

    What if I solder my hands together.
     – Bender

  • Maximiliam Steffens

    Send One To Brazil!

  • Michael Newman

    Just in time – Need a new soldering iron!

  • Peter Natale
  • Anonymous

    To improve my soldering skills, and with a much better tool than I have now.  I’m in!

  • Bryan Keen


  • Shawn Myers

    cool kit

  • Ben Kasava

    Its pretty nice, since i’ve been wanting one anyway :)

  • Paul Boardman

    I will donate this to Noisebride “Circuit Hacking Monday” if I win.

  • Anonymous

    Could be the beginnings of a mini maker faire in our little Vermont town!

  • Anonymous

    A soldering iron would be awesome!

  • Christian Carl Brink

    This will be going to my nephew :)

  • RDB

    just bought an ok radio shack unit

    would be nice to gift it to my son

  • Ben

    Count me in

  • James Thomas Fields

    Here’s my entry.

  • Brad Carlson

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Gene H

    Cool! My Soldering iron is old and ready to be retired

  • Anonymous

    I could really use a replacement for my 20 yr old cheap walmart soldering iron.  This would be perfect!

  • Thomas E. Logan

    I could really use a good iron. Great giveaway!

  • Anonymous

    I need a new soldering iron. I would love to share the robot pins with my friends!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yay I like winning things!!!

  • jillian quass

    hope I win!

  • Bryan Johnson

    Yes have some

  • Michal Chamedes

    Finally, something I don’t have to fight with my friends over. 

  • Anonymous

    I could use a good soldering arm

  • aurobind enugala

    Learning skills for free :)

  • Arcane Objects

    We’d sure love a new soldering iron! Ours is kind of not-so-great. We’ve been using ours to fix up some antiques. 

  • Roger Tiu

    Rollin’ the dice!

  • John W


  • Bobby Nathan

    If I win, I’m going to find 12 friends and make them do it twice.  As much as Id love to teach people to solder, finding that many non FB friends to come over is difficult these days. :)

  • Daydream in Color

    So awesome. I’ve always wanted to learn!

  • David Rodriguez

    I could use a good iron…

  • Jodi

    Wow, that would be great!

  • Anonymous

    I want to be win!

  • Atif Hassan

    Mahna Mahna

  • Annalisa Little

    Looks a lot better than the $10 irons i see around, and I’ve been wanting to learn!

  • A.J.

    I’ll take one please!

  • Janel G

    I’m sure several members of my family could put this to good use!

  • Anonymous

    All I have is a cheapo soldering iron that barely gets hot enough to melt my solder. Would love this, and the kits

  • Carrie Quast

    Super Exciting!  I’d like to win one of these!

  • Theresa Hom

    I would love to win this My daughter made one at Detroit Makerfaire and I have girl scout troop who we have been promising them how to use real tools.

  • Andrew VanWingerden

    Yes! please me!

  • Darian Lewis

    My poor iron gets its tip filed weekly now.  A nice, adjustable iron in a stand with a sponge (so I’ll stop using wet paper towels) would be a welcome change.

  • andrewvw

    Id love one of these.

  • AndrewV

    OMg! perfect present for my aspiring 13 year old enigineer!

  • Danna BC

    Nice! Looks like that would be fun to learn. :)

  • Anonymous

    I have wanted to learn how to do this for quite some time. Pick me, ‘randomly’ of course!

  • Michael Wright

    Beats the snot out of the radio shack fixed temp one I had to buy when my ancient one finally passed on.

  • Leigh Harrison Marotta

    Ahhh…..the massive amount of items in my craft closet and garage that I could use this on!!!!   

  • Ismaeel Ghouse

    my soldering iron isnt that good. I could use a new one but variable temp ones are expensive. also, i never really learned to solder that well

  • Kyle Rouggly

    My iron is about dead.  this is on my list already

  • Joe Wolner

    I would take them all do a mini class at our community school.

  • Seth Winsor

    I want one

  • Cindy Woolworth

    solder on!!

  • Justin Eltoft

    he he he

  • Anthony Murillo

    Would love to get this so I could teach my twins daughters kindergarten class how to solder!

  • Anonymous

    ME ME!!!!

  • Ken Wade

    Great to do with the kids…

  • Sarah Graham

    Very cool!

  • tiara laviolette

    Ohh this could be fun

  • Matthew Coleman

    I’ll take one. Wish I had a hackerspace near me.

  • Marshal Graham

    What better way to learn to solder.

  • Alicia Horn

    Cool tool!  My hubs would have loads of fun soldering things in his man cave/office.  Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Safet Bosnjak

    I would put this to good use!!!

  • Victor

    Count me in

  • Anonymous

    Soldering would be cool to learn

  • David Bousson


  • Diana Huang


  • Charles Schwer

    I’m in!

  • Tammy Wallace

    This is a pretty cool giveaway, I’d love to learn to solder!

  • Aaron Cox

    Here’s hoping today’s my day!

  • Anonymous

    looks awesome!

  • Christian Henkel

    i want to win :D

  • Eric D. Chang


  • Paco Michelson

    yep jes commentin’

  • Anonymous

    I need this in my life.

  • Jeff Johnson

    Why is solder pronounced sawder? :+)

  • Anonymous

    will this help my chubby fingers be less useless

  • Sarah Richardson

    Count me in.

  • George Hart


  • Anonymous

    Pick me pick me!

  • Lemar Carthens

    I want it, i want it, i want it!
    I’d love to learn how to solder

  • Arlber Chang

    Consider this a comment

  • Todd Rook

    This would great activity for my Cub Scouts!

  • Doug McCaughan


  • Anonymous

    I’m in as well. Thanks for doing these!

  • Anonymous


  • Andy III

    Hot soldering iron action!

  • Kexxicans

    Have been wanting to solder for awhile, but never got around to getting all the tools. This would be excellent. :D

  • Kexxicans

    Have been wanting to solder for awhile, but never got around to getting all the tools. This would be excellent. :D

  • Kevin McNeece

    Would love a new soldering station! COme in handy for circuit bending

  • Kevin McNeece

    Would love a new soldering station! COme in handy for circuit bending

  • Kenneth Olsen

    Got one of these with my last order. Very cute.

  • Jason Levi

    This would be very handy

  • Anonymous

    Everybody can use one of these!

  • Kris Swanson

    My elementary school engineering club would love these!

  • Anonymous

    Signing up.

  • Stephen Upham

    Pretty slick. I would like to have one.

  • Tiffany Vincent

    If I win this I’m totally donating it to

  • Matthew Fasano

    This would be a welcome addition to the workshop!

  • Eugene

    Count me in.

  • Anonymous

    solder, tasty!

  • Anonymous

    a comment

  • Dan Price

    I’m in for one

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I need one of those in 48 hours.

  • Trevor Scott

    Enter me in!!!

  • Traci Parmer

    Soldering is fun.  I think.  Well I will find out when I win (hopefully, maybe).

  • Sarah Scott

    Big Money, Big Money.. No whammy’s!

  • fµture man

    HI! please give to me.

  • Whitney Powell

    me please!

  • Ryan Holler

    Whoa, I’ve been looking to learn to solder for my future techie based halloween costumes and Christmas decorations. And automate my chicken coop. And fix my wife’s laptop power supply. And replace some capacitors on my squealing computer monitor. Man I need to learn to solder.

  • Nancy Martin Robertson

    I would love to win this for my son.

  • Glenn Robertson

    My son would love this!

  • Ashley

    i could totally go for a fancy new soldering iron!

  • Danny Zinck


  • Kathy Tappan

    How about a suggestion for the next generation of merit badges:  leave a blank space on the badge so it can double as nametag.

  • Matt Kopas

    Been meaning to learn to solder for a while!

  • Courtney Christensen

    These kits would make an awesome workshop to do with the kids at Computers4Kids (  I’ve already gotten them excited about the TV-B-Gone, but it’d be good to work up to that.

  • Mama Chao

    Would love to win this for my family and myself

  • Robert Merithew

    The whole third grade could learn to solder…

  • Anonymous

    i can solder

  • Kevin Hope

    My son would love to have this to build robots with.

  • Scott Martel

    Well at least I’ve got lots of siblings that would like to learn to solder (and would beat eachother up for a badge like that)

  • Anonymous

    This would be cool!

  • Anonymous

    I would use these with my son’s class, and would keep the soldering iron for myself of course.

  • Paul Szymkowiak

    That’s fantastic! I’m just planning our first Mini Maker Faire, and I’d just love to win this for our learning to solder workshop. Unfortunately, I’m based in Melbourne, Australia, so I guess I won’t qualify to win the giveaway. Brilliant learners kit though A++++

  • Gary McGarity

    The iron would alone be an amazing win, then add 25 kits to share with friends. Heck yea!

  • Danny Oakley


  • Anuj Pasricha

    This is great!

  • Toni Childers

    Soldering iron?  I’m not sure what I would do with one, much less 25.  Of course, my friends and I could all benefit from a new hobby and a new skill…

  • John Doucet

    oooo, i’ll take it!

  • William Draxler

    soldering is the future.

  • Meghan Helmer

    The couple that solders together stays together.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to be able to teach myself and my 10 year old daughter how to solder….What every boy and girl should be able to do…;-)

  • Anonymous

    Looks awesome

  • Aren Hill


  • nstalsworth

    Somehow I don’t think a new iron is going to improve my soldering skills, but I’d love to prove myself wrong. :)

  • Jimmy TenBellies


  • Sam Ewen

    I want one!

  • Sean Fottrell

    I could use a new iron, for home or for my students at school.

  • Joe Monti


  • Anonymous

    I would like one.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Well, with my soldering skills, I should end up with about 3 working patches.  Awesome!

  • Anonymous

    This is great…looking forward (hopefully) to conducting my first soldering make-fest…fun for all, tools provided and a ‘take home gift’ too!

  • Kailee

    Ooh variable temperature. Fancy soldering iron.

  • Anonymous

    My skills need the practice to make a shiny badge.

  • David Miller

    One Please.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, please!

  • Juli Fowler


  • Matt

    about time for a upgrade

  • Eric M. Sullenberger

    This would be great for teaching in my classroom.

  • Sara Beckwith

    Oooh, how exciting!

  • Rohan Bhandari

    One Please!

  • Anonymous


  • Fred Miller


  • Jevon Carlson


  • Anonymous

    Nice! :-)

  • roco wilson

    ill take one

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    maybe the kids can teach me to solder

  • Mike Krainin


  • Jonathan Lang

    I’m still learning. This would be perfect.

  • Mark Bastine

    Please Santa…. Please

  • Anonymous

    I’m in.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll solder.

  • Julian Richardson

    Inedible… I mean, incredible!

  • Lydia Rice

    hot mess

  • Marci Wade

    This could be fun!

  • Anonymous

    I need a new soldering iron. Currently working with a butane one.

  • Kevin Sexton

    Sure, add me, I’ll find 24 people to share with, and teach them to solder if necassary

  • Danielle Yu

    I love soldering

  • Anonymous

    Badges? Badges? I need those steenking badges!

  • Anonymous

    i could finally get rid of all of the cheapy irons i have hanging around

  • Audie

    I’d love to give a soldering iron to my little brother for christmas. He needs to know the ways of the force : )

  • Clarence Millspaugh

    i need that

  • Dean Ansley

    This would be awesome. I could use it and teach the Boy Scout troop how to solder.

  • Anonymous

    yep, I’m trying to make a guitar tube amp. I’m using my old Mac G5 enclosure as a chassis. 

  • Michael Brougham

    I hope I win

  • simon chaudeurge

    Perfect ! Badge me

  • schopaia


  • jim

    Daddy needs a new iron!

  • Anonymous

    I’d go for the badges and the iron would love to win

  • Ken Pierce

    My soldering leaves much to be desired. I’d love to learn.

  • Kasper Van de Laar


  • Gareth Branwyn

    The comments are now closed on this giveaway. Stay tuned for a new giveaway announcement tomorrow (Thurs) at 9am PST.

  • Rob Voss

    Nice. I could use a new soldering iron.

  • Daniel

    Blinkies and a soldering iron, you bet!

  • Matt anderson

    This is amazing. I am teaching how to solder to middle school kids soon and I have been looking for a simple kit. Hope I win!