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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

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.



  1. Keith Beard says:

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

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would love to solder :P

  3. Anonymous says:

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

  4. Bryan Bowman says:

    do want

  5. 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!

  6. Anonymous says:

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

  7. Anonymous says:

    New Iron! Sweet!!!

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

  9. Anonymous says:

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

  10. I would love to do this with my students!

  11. Doug Johnson says:

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

  12. Steve Conover says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to solder

  13. Anonymous says:

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

  14. Hoover says:

    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.

  15. Michael Greb says:

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

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

  17. Anonymous says:

    oh please oh  please oh please!

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool!

  19. Anonymous says:

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

  20. wow thats super awesome!

  21. Scot Brees says:

    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! ;-)

  22. I solder, therefor I am

  23. Anonymous says:

    Coolness! Giveaways for our next meeting!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I want to solder!

  25. Tony Weiner says:

    blinking things!  cool!

  26. Ken Junkins says:

    Looks like an opportunity to lear along with my grandson.

  27. Sara Wagner says:

    Soldering looks AWESOME!

  28. Dan says:

    Would love to do this with my sons scout den

  29. Peter says:

    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.

  30. Marc Schaefermeyer says:

    Make: rules!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I’m IN!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic,very very cool

  33. Anonymous says:


  34. Brian Lilly says:

    Thank you sir may I have another?

  35. J. Smith says:


  36. Anonymous says:

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

  37. Corri Cole says:

    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.

  38. Steven List says:

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

  39. Anonymous says:

    Stocking stuffers for everyone on my list!

  40. Kyle Duren says:

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

  41. Luis Benavides says:

    For the JaxHax group!

  42. Pimwadee Limsirichai says:

    This is great :)

  43. Craig Piercy says:

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

  44. Ethan Dicks says:

    please send me your army of solderbots.

  45. Terry Ford says:

    coolness factor beyond +.

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  47. 25 things that blink AND a soldering iron? Count me in :-)

  48. Allyn Goo says:

    hm i could use a new soldering iron

  49. Tim Clark says:

    Santa who?  Yes please!

  50. Anonymous says:

    I do love those blinky bots!

  51. Christopher O'Keefe says:


  52. Christopher O'Keefe says:


  53. Steven Christensen says:

    Why not?

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

  55. 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.

  56. Commenting, like a boss.

  57. 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…..

  58. James Wang says:

    Can wait to let my kids try.

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

  60. solder soldier, reporting in

  61. Thomas Harning says:

    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)

  62. Chris Barber says:

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

  63. John Sackey says:

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

  64. Allen Boehm says:

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

  65. Mike Ransom says:

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

  66. Derek Rowe says:

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

  67. Charles Hobbs says:

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

  68. Anonymous says:

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

  69. Anonymous says:

    My son would love it!

  70. Andy Curtis says:


  71. Anonymous says:

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

  72. Anonymous says:

    Another cool giveaway

  73. Chris Krueger says:

    fingers crossed

  74. Philip Lexow says:

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

  75. James Seymour says:

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

  76. Vincent Fitts says:


  77. Andy Boatman says:

    Perfect for my daughter!

  78. Anonymous says:

    woot! blinky leds! I want ‘em!

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

  80. Anonymous says:

    School project for the kids class!!!!

  81. Rob Colby says:

    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.

  82. Anonymous says:


  83. Anonymous says:

    I want it!

  84. John Wood says:

    Put me down for 1 free gift please. 

  85. 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!

  86. Randy Crowell says:


  87. Anonymous says:

    I am a robot looking for 25 friends.

  88. Matt Boyce says:

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

  89. Patrick Malone says:

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

  90. Scott says:

    I’ve been anxious to learn to solder!

  91. Anonymous says:

    kits are cool.

  92. Anonymous says:

    very cool kit

  93. Chris says:

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

  94. Eric Keaton says:

    I’ve been itching to learn to solder.

  95. Anonymous says:

    token comment

  96. Patrick Bynum says:

    These would be perfect for my mechatronics class

  97. Anonymous says:

    A fleet of glowing robots!

  98. Bill Peck says:

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

  99. Brian Givens says:

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

  100. Fun kit! Great for the kids…

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

  102. Josh Leake-Campbell says:

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

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

  104. duncancreamer says:

    What a perfect little stocking stuffer. 

  105. duncancreamer says:

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

  106. Anonymous says:

    Do they move around and say “delete”?

  107. Techmonkey says:

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

  108. Derek Tracy says:

    1 Variable Soldering Iron Please :)

  109. Keith McCorvie says:

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

  110. Owen Collins says:

    Here’s hoping….

  111. Mike Douglas says:

    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.

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

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

  114. oh i like the soldering iron!

  115. Kristina says:

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

  116. Mike Knudson says:

    Would love a replacement to my aging non adjustable Irons…

  117. Anonymous says:

    Sweet. I could use a new soldering iron.

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

  119. Andrew Garza says:

    This is so cool that you guys are doing this.

  120. Craig Peterson says:

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

  121. Tyler Gates says:

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

  122. Sarah Nasson says:

    Yes Please

  123. Anonymous says:

    Too hard for my 6yo son to try?

    1. Anonymous says:

       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.

  124. Sean Hannam says:

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

  125. Anonymous says:

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

  126. Don Sticksel says:

    Who doesn’t like to solder?

  127. Anonymous says:

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

  128. Nathan Pryor says:

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

  129. Definitely a lot better soldering station than I have.

  130. Jon says:

    I could teach my kids with this

  131. Jennifer Hamilton says:

    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…

  132. Anonymous says:

    My old soldering iron is dead…

  133. david says:

    A very nice upgrade to my iron.

  134. mazzmn says:

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

  135. Anonymous says:

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

  136. tojosan says:

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

  137. Anonymous says:

    new iron would be great

  138. Anonymous says:

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

  139. Philip Strong says:

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

  140. aimee petkus says:

    looks like a sweet soldering iron!

  141. Ryan says:

    I actually could use a soldering iron…

  142. Anonymous says:

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

  143. Anonymous says:

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

  144. James Duncan says:

    Does it have an “any” key?

  145. Kandy Klee says:

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

  146. Anonymous says:

    This would be fantastic for my Cub Scout Den!

  147. Kevin Granade says:

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

  148. Bcook65 says:

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

  149. Joel Smith says:

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

  150. Brian Ray says:

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

  151. Steph says:

    yes please

  152. Anonymous says:

    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.

  153. Anonymous says:


  154. Ben Brandt says:

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

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

  156. 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!!  :)

  157. Anonymous says:

    This would be great & share with the local scouts

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

  159. 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.

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

  161. Gavin Jackson says:

    Nice Iron!

  162. Anonymous says:

    Cool, I’ve always sucked at soldering

  163. Casey Nielson says:

    my comment here

  164. Another day another chance to win :)

  165. B B says:

    Pick me, please.

  166. Matt says:

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

  167. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Another chance.

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

  169. James Carey says:

    This is awesome. Do Want (To Make)

  170. Anonymous says:

    Enter Me

  171. Jacob Shepherd says:

    Nice iron.

  172. Geromy Harper says:

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

  173. Aaron Barlow says:

    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. 

  174. Aaron Barlow says:

    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. 

  175. Sean McLaws says:

    Please Please Please Pick Me :)

  176. Joseph Reilly says:


  177. Barry Briggs says:

    Sign me up, I’ll take (win) one.

  178. Michael Andrews says:

    We dont need no stinking Badges…..

  179. Jon Robelia says:


  180. Garrett Rodrigues says:

    I’d love a kit!

  181. Pat Booth says:

    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.

  182. Rich de la Torre says:

    Please pick me!

  183. Dan O'Brien says:

    SWEET! 25 X more fun!

  184. Kayla Bayens says:

    Seems like its eyes should flash!

  185. Anonymous says:


  186. Anonymous says:

    Oooh, that sounds like fun.
    Pick me!

  187. This looks great, I would love to win one!

  188. My son and our robotics team needs this!!!

  189. R & J says:

    I like things that blink!

  190. Phil Mandryk says:

    In Canada.

    Cannot win.Sad robot is sad. * _ *

  191. Nirmal Intwala says:

    Can I get one!!

  192. 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.

  193. I don’t have a soldering iron. :(

  194. Anonymous says:

    Would love this for the kid!

  195. Anyone leaving grad school needs their own soldering iron.

  196. Fightcube says:

    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!! :-)

  197. Anonymous says:

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

  198. Mac says:

    Whoah.  Lots of chances to win this one!  

  199. Garrett Charles says:

    This is same one I gave away in Sept.

  200. Anonymous says:

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

  201. Stefan Jones says:

    Oh, I would TOTALLY put this to good use.

  202. Rebecca Hatherley says:

    Great advertising!

  203. Anders Arson says:

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

  204. Tori Jameson says:

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

  205. Tony Beletti says:

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

  206. Adam Hathaway says:


  207. Anonymous says:

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

  208. Jacob Laha says:

    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.

  209. Daniel says:

    I love the smell of solder in the morning

  210. This is an awsome website.

  211. Mark Hanford says:

    Can soldering iron also be used for branding?

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

  213. John Barnhardt says:


  214. Joseph Hitt says:

    Woo free stuff

  215. Stafford Morse says:


  216. Anonymous says:


  217. Anonymous says:

    Evevn old men can learn how to solder

  218. Anonymous says:

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

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

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

  221. Seth says:

    Biting again…

  222. Anonymous says:

    I’ll try.

  223. Forrest Frye says:


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

  225. Anonymous says:

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

  226. Anonymous says:

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

  227. Anonymous says:

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

  228. Brandi says:

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

  229. Anonymous says:

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

  230. Dave Walker says:

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

  231. Anonymous says:

    cool for teaching the kids and scouts

  232. Anonymous says:

    Pick me! pick me!

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

    The school is brand new and has almost no supplies.

  234. Clayton Doyle says:

    Love the badge.

  235. Again a great tool for my classroom

  236. Anonymous says:

    Learn to solder Badge kit Another Great kit

  237. Scott Sanders says:

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

  238. Roger Link says:

    I’m in

  239. Roger Link says:

    I’m in.

  240. Sean Wager says:

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

  241. 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.

  242. Žymantas Večorskis says:

    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.

  243. Brian says:

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

  244. marshall miller says:

    I want one

  245. Roy Griffith says:

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

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

  247. My equipment could use an upgrade

  248. Joe Crop says:

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

  249. David Henson says:

    I really need a good backup iron.

  250. Anonymous says:

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

  251. David Henson says:

    I really need a good backup iron.

  252. J.R. Blackham says:

    I could use a new soldering iron.

  253. Anonymous says:

    I’ll take one!

  254. Terence Magno says:

    no comment. 

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  256. Mark K says:

    MAKE is awesome!

  257. Tod says:

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

  258. Dan Bennett says:

    It’s like boy scouts for electronics enthusiasts! 

  259. Anonymous says:

    Bttr than practicing on th kyboard.

  260. Cory Gra says:

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

  261. Kevin McHugh says:

    I love things that blink!

  262. Anonymous says:

    Woo-hoo! Thanks for the contest.

  263. Anonymous says:

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

  264. Anonymous says:

    woo hoo!

  265. Jake Roth says:

    I have some friends who would dig these. 

  266. Anonymous says:

    Giveaway entry.

  267. Anonymous says:

    i need

  268. Anonymous says:

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

  269. Creto De Cristo says:

    This is awesome!

  270. Anonymous says:


  271. Anonymous says:

    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.

  272. Blue Tube says:

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

  273. William Homan-Muise says:

    I could use a few lessons on soldering

  274. Lan Pham Jr. says:

    oooo I want one!

  275. Christopher Williams says:

    Me wants

  276. Matt Hellmer says:

    This would help teach my brother to solder.

  277. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I’ll win…

  278. Scott Saunders says:

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

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

  280. Luke Lathrop says:

    need a new iron for my daughter!

  281. Keith Pimmel says:


  282. Anonymous says:

    ooh nice Soldering Iron

  283. Anonymous says:

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

  284. Blair R says:

    I sure hope randomness likes me.

  285. the iron would make a nice upgrade to my current one

  286. Anonymous says:

    I see a good school project for my daughter

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

  288. Now I have to find 24 friends….

  289. A Kit a Day!? No Waaaay!

  290. Jon Filteau says:

    Fun Project to start and help others learn to Solder

  291. Avraham says:

    still learning to solder…

  292. Anonymous says:

    A badge or courage.

  293. Anonymous says:

    Hey id love to learn how to solder!

  294. Anonymous says:

    Sign me up!

  295. Dan Camp says:

    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 .

  296. Ray Dzek says:

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

  297. Anonymous says:


  298. Anonymous says:

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

  299. Eugene Chang says:

    Lets go free stuff!

  300. This would be another great one for the Hackerspace.

  301. Brad P says:

    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.

  302. Anonymous says:

    know who I can teach to solder

  303. Anonymous says:

    A great giveaway!

  304. Allison says:

    This would be an awesome class project! Love it!

  305. shannon wheeler says:

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

  306. Anonymous says:

    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.

  307. Dan Pollack says:

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

  308. Anonymous says:

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

  309. Anonymous says:

    Sounds cool!

  310. Steven Foley says:

    This giveaway is rad on so many levels!   

  311. 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!).

  312. Andrew says:

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

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


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

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

  316. Tracy Dryden says:

    Do I really need 25 of them?

  317. Anonymous says:

    Would be great for a workshop

  318. terry gaines says:

    crossing fingers and leaving comment….

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

  320. DakotaE says:

    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!

  321. Chad Keller says:

    Super sweet!

  322. Hap Durr says:

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

  323. This would be awesome to teach my little sisters and cousins

  324. Kevin says:

    I’ll stop the world and melt with you.

  325. Anonymous says:

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

  326. Larrynn Carver says:

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

  327. Teresa Liao says:

    I want to solder my own Arduino please.

  328. Anonymous says:

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

  329. James Bremenour says:

    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.

  330. Anonymous says:

    Great idea with the solder badges

  331. Tim Nolan says:

    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.

  332. David Price says:

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

  333. Anonymous says:


  334. Jake Stephens says:

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

  335. Tom Stearns says:

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

  336. Sean says:

    What a good way to get friends interested!

  337. Chris Saenz says:

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

  338. Anonymous says:

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

  339. Man I suck at soldering.

  340. oh, i neeed to learn to solder!!!

  341. Jeff Anderson says:

    I’m definitely a fan of soldering!

  342. Anonymous says:


  343. K2 nSF says:

    I want to solder!

  344. Ashley Huxley says:

    I hope I win all these contests :)

  345. Brad Trotter says:

    This is pretty cool.

  346. LeslieC says:

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

  347. Alex Boucher says:

    Hey! I need a soldering iron!

  348. Anonymous says:

    in for 1

  349. Daniel Smith says:

    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!

  350. Chris Von Bargen says:

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

  351. Anonymous says:

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

  352. rauscherjoan says:

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

  353. Tucker Wilson says:

    banana hammock

  354. Ryan says:

    Please and thanks!

  355. Laurence Doss says:

    I so need to learn to solder.

  356. That would come in quite handy!

  357. Brett Fieber says:

    What if I solder my hands together.
     - Bender

  358. Just in time – Need a new soldering iron!

  359. Anonymous says:

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

  360. Ben Kasava says:

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

  361. Paul Boardman says:

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

  362. Anonymous says:

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

  363. Anonymous says:

    A soldering iron would be awesome!

  364. This will be going to my nephew :)

  365. RDB says:

    just bought an ok radio shack unit

    would be nice to gift it to my son

  366. Brad Carlson says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  367. Gene H says:

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

  368. Anonymous says:

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

  369. I could really use a good iron. Great giveaway!

  370. Anonymous says:

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

  371. Anonymous says:

    Yay I like winning things!!!

  372. jillian quass says:

    hope I win!

  373. Bryan Johnson says:

    Yes have some

  374. Michal Chamedes says:

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

  375. Anonymous says:

    I could use a good soldering arm

  376. aurobind enugala says:

    Learning skills for free :)

  377. 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. 

  378. Roger Tiu says:

    Rollin’ the dice!

  379. Bobby Nathan says:

    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. :)

  380. So awesome. I’ve always wanted to learn!

  381. David Rodriguez says:

    I could use a good iron…

  382. Jodi says:

    Wow, that would be great!

  383. Anonymous says:

    I want to be win!

  384. Atif Hassan says:

    Mahna Mahna

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

  386. A.J. says:

    I’ll take one please!

  387. Janel G says:

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

  388. Anonymous says:

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

  389. Carrie Quast says:

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

  390. Theresa Hom says:

    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.

  391. Darian Lewis says:

    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.

  392. andrewvw says:

    Id love one of these.

  393. AndrewV says:

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

  394. Danna BC says:

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

  395. Anonymous says:

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

  396. Michael Wright says:

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

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

  398. Ismaeel Ghouse says:

    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

  399. Kyle Rouggly says:

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

  400. Joe Wolner says:

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

  401. Seth Winsor says:

    I want one

  402. Justin Eltoft says:

    he he he

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

  404. Anonymous says:

    ME ME!!!!

  405. Ken Wade says:

    Great to do with the kids…

  406. tiara laviolette says:

    Ohh this could be fun

  407. Matthew Coleman says:

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

  408. What better way to learn to solder.

  409. Alicia Horn says:

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

  410. Safet Bosnjak says:

    I would put this to good use!!!

  411. Anonymous says:

    Soldering would be cool to learn

  412. Charles Schwer says:

    I’m in!

  413. Tammy Wallace says:

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

  414. Aaron Cox says:

    Here’s hoping today’s my day!

  415. Anonymous says:

    looks awesome!

  416. Paco Michelson says:

    yep jes commentin’

  417. Anonymous says:

    I need this in my life.

  418. Jeff Johnson says:

    Why is solder pronounced sawder? :+)

  419. Anonymous says:

    will this help my chubby fingers be less useless

  420. Sarah Richardson says:

    Count me in.

  421. Anonymous says:

    Pick me pick me!

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

  423. Arlber Chang says:

    Consider this a comment

  424. Todd Rook says:

    This would great activity for my Cub Scouts!

  425. Anonymous says:

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

  426. Anonymous says:


  427. Andy III says:

    Hot soldering iron action!

  428. Kexxicans says:

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

  429. Kexxicans says:

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

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

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

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

  433. Jason Levi says:

    This would be very handy

  434. Anonymous says:

    Everybody can use one of these!

  435. Kris Swanson says:

    My elementary school engineering club would love these!

  436. Anonymous says:

    Signing up.

  437. Pretty slick. I would like to have one.

  438. Tiffany Vincent says:

    If I win this I’m totally donating it to

  439. This would be a welcome addition to the workshop!

  440. Anonymous says:

    solder, tasty!

  441. Anonymous says:

    a comment

  442. Dan Price says:

    I’m in for one

  443. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I need one of those in 48 hours.

  444. Traci Parmer says:

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

  445. Sarah Scott says:

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

  446. fµture man says:

    HI! please give to me.

  447. Whitney Powell says:

    me please!

  448. Ryan Holler says:

    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.

  449. I would love to win this for my son.

  450. My son would love this!

  451. Ashley says:

    i could totally go for a fancy new soldering iron!

  452. Kathy Tappan says:

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

  453. Matt Kopas says:

    Been meaning to learn to solder for a while!

  454. Courtney Christensen says:

    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.

  455. Mama Chao says:

    Would love to win this for my family and myself

  456. Robert Merithew says:

    The whole third grade could learn to solder…

  457. Anonymous says:

    i can solder

  458. Kevin Hope says:

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

  459. Scott Martel says:

    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)

  460. Anonymous says:

    This would be cool!

  461. Anonymous says:

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

  462. 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++++

  463. Gary McGarity says:

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

  464. 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…

  465. John Doucet says:

    oooo, i’ll take it!

  466. William Draxler says:

    soldering is the future.

  467. The couple that solders together stays together.

  468. Anonymous says:

    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…;-)

  469. Anonymous says:

    Looks awesome

  470. Aren Hill says:


  471. nstalsworth says:

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

  472. Sam Ewen says:

    I want one!

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

  474. Anonymous says:

    I would like one.

  475. Anonymous says:


  476. Anonymous says:

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

  477. Anonymous says:

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

  478. Kailee says:

    Ooh variable temperature. Fancy soldering iron.

  479. Anonymous says:

    My skills need the practice to make a shiny badge.

  480. David Miller says:

    One Please.

  481. Anonymous says:

    Yes, please!

  482. Matt says:

    about time for a upgrade

  483. This would be great for teaching in my classroom.

  484. Rohan Bhandari says:

    One Please!

  485. Anonymous says:


  486. Anonymous says:

    Nice! :-)

  487. Anonymous says:


  488. Anonymous says:

    maybe the kids can teach me to solder

  489. Mike Krainin says:


  490. Jonathan Lang says:

    I’m still learning. This would be perfect.

  491. Mark Bastine says:

    Please Santa…. Please

  492. Anonymous says:

    I’m in.

  493. Anonymous says:

    I’ll solder.

  494. Inedible… I mean, incredible!

  495. Lydia Rice says:

    hot mess

  496. Marci Wade says:

    This could be fun!

  497. Anonymous says:

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

  498. Kevin Sexton says:

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

  499. Danielle Yu says:

    I love soldering

  500. Anonymous says:

    Badges? Badges? I need those steenking badges!

  501. Anonymous says:

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

  502. Audie says:

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

  503. Dean Ansley says:

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

  504. Anonymous says:

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

  505. Michael Brougham says:

    I hope I win

  506. simon chaudeurge says:

    Perfect ! Badge me

  507. schopaia says:


  508. jim says:

    Daddy needs a new iron!

  509. Anonymous says:

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

  510. Ken Pierce says:

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

  511. Gareth Branwyn says:

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

  512. Rob Voss says:

    Nice. I could use a new soldering iron.

  513. Daniel says:

    Blinkies and a soldering iron, you bet!

  514. Matt anderson says:

    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!

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