Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Learn to Solder Badge Kit

Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Learn to Solder Badge Kit

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.

1,218 thoughts on “Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Learn to Solder Badge Kit

  1. Keith Beard says:

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

  2. Keith says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    I would love to solder :P

  4. Anonymous says:

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

  5. Bryan Bowman says:

    do want

  6. Patrick Woods says:

    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!

  7. 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 :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    New Iron! Sweet!!!

  9. Christian Restifo says:

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

  10. Anonymous says:

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

  11. Susan Midlarsky says:

    I would love to do this with my students!

  12. 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.

  13. Steve Conover says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to solder

  14. Anonymous says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. Christopher Berg says:

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

  18. Michael Stephens says:

    Yes please!

  19. Anonymous says:

    oh please oh  please oh please!

  20. Aaron Bosley says:

    Must have one

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool!

  22. Anonymous says:

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

  23. Barry Merinsky says:

    wow thats super awesome!

  24. 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! ;-)

  25. Joe Ratulowski says:

    I solder, therefor I am

  26. Anonymous says:

    Coolness! Giveaways for our next meeting!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I want to solder!

  28. John Keenan says:

    Very cool

  29. Jesse Chancellor says:

    I want one. PLEASE!!!!

  30. Beth Deel says:

    yes please!

  31. Tony Weiner says:

    blinking things!  cool!

  32. Ken Junkins says:

    Looks like an opportunity to lear along with my grandson.

  33. Sara Wagner says:

    Soldering looks AWESOME!

  34. Dan says:

    Would love to do this with my sons scout den

  35. 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.

  36. Marc Schaefermeyer says:

    Make: rules!

  37. Anonymous says:

    I’m IN!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic,very very cool

  39. Anonymous says:


  40. Brian Lilly says:

    Thank you sir may I have another?

  41. J. Smith says:


  42. Anonymous says:

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

  43. sri says:

    Awe Some.

  44. 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.

  45. Steven List says:

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

  46. Anonymous says:

    Stocking stuffers for everyone on my list!

  47. Kyle Duren says:

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

  48. Luis Benavides says:

    For the JaxHax group!

  49. devinberg says:

    yes, please.

  50. Pimwadee Limsirichai says:

    This is great :)

  51. Brent Eric Thomas says:

    useful, nice

  52. Craig Piercy says:

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

  53. Ethan Dicks says:

    please send me your army of solderbots.

  54. Terry Ford says:

    coolness factor beyond +.

  55. Billy J. Dale says:

    blink, blink

  56. doctroid says:

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  57. Martin Jameson says:

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

  58. Allyn Goo says:

    hm i could use a new soldering iron

  59. Tim Clark says:

    Santa who?  Yes please!

  60. Anonymous says:

    I do love those blinky bots!

  61. Christopher O'Keefe says:


  62. Christopher O'Keefe says:


  63. Steven Christensen says:

    Why not?

  64. Ami Martinez Rowland says:

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

  65. Marcus Porter says:

    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.

  66. Chris Spurgeon says:

    Commenting, like a boss.

  67. JD Wallace says:


  68. Douglas Bentley says:

    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…..

  69. James Wang says:

    Can wait to let my kids try.

  70. James Clawson Jr. says:

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

  71. Benedict Domzalski says:

    solder soldier, reporting in

  72. 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)

  73. Chris Barber says:

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

  74. John Sackey says:

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

  75. Allen Boehm says:

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

  76. Tom Coyle says:


  77. Mike Ransom says:

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

  78. Derek Rowe says:

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

  79. Charles Hobbs says:

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

  80. Anonymous says:

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

  81. Anonymous says:

    My son would love it!

  82. Michael Boschet says:


  83. Andy Curtis says:


  84. Anonymous says:

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

  85. Anonymous says:

    Another cool giveaway

  86. Chris Krueger says:

    fingers crossed

  87. Philip Lexow says:

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

  88. James Seymour says:

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

  89. Vincent Fitts says:


  90. Andy Boatman says:

    Perfect for my daughter!

  91. Anonymous says:

    woot! blinky leds! I want ’em!

  92. Michele Saxton Vozza says:

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

  93. Anonymous says:

    School project for the kids class!!!!

  94. 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.

  95. Anonymous says:


  96. Anonymous says:

    I want it!

  97. John Wood says:

    Put me down for 1 free gift please. 

  98. harold jennett says:

    Am I too old ? 

  99. Laith Preston says:

    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!

  100. Randy Crowell says:


  101. Anonymous says:

    I am a robot looking for 25 friends.

  102. Matt Boyce says:

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

  103. Patrick Malone says:

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

  104. Scott says:

    I’ve been anxious to learn to solder!

  105. tyson law says:


  106. Anonymous says:

    kits are cool.

  107. Tyson Koger says:

    I want one!

  108. Anonymous says:

    very cool kit

  109. S.R. Wild says:

    I want

  110. Chris says:

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

  111. Eric Keaton says:

    I’ve been itching to learn to solder.

  112. Anonymous says:

    token comment

  113. Patrick Bynum says:

    These would be perfect for my mechatronics class

  114. Anonymous says:

    A fleet of glowing robots!

  115. Bill Peck says:

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

  116. Brian Givens says:

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

  117. Pete Prodoehl says:

    Fun kit! Great for the kids…

  118. Gina Clifford says:

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

  119. 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.

  120. Francis Miller says:

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

  121. duncancreamer says:

    What a perfect little stocking stuffer. 

  122. duncancreamer says:

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

  123. Anonymous says:

    Do they move around and say “delete”?

  124. Techmonkey says:

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

  125. Derek Tracy says:

    1 Variable Soldering Iron Please :)

  126. Keith McCorvie says:

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

  127. Owen Collins says:

    Here’s hoping….

  128. 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.

  129. Derek Tombrello says:

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

  130. Paige Gyldersleve says:

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

  131. Thomas Kilgour says:

    oh i like the soldering iron!

  132. 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.

  133. Mike Knudson says:

    Would love a replacement to my aging non adjustable Irons…

  134. Anonymous says:

    Sweet. I could use a new soldering iron.

  135. Kitty Nikolai says:

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

  136. Andrew Garza says:

    This is so cool that you guys are doing this.

  137. Craig Peterson says:

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

  138. Tyler Gates says:

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

  139. Sarah Nasson says:

    Yes Please

  140. Craig Peterson says:

    I would love one.

  141. 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.

  142. Sean Hannam says:

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

  143. Kurt Or LaZann Eilander says:

    Still pretty cool prize.

  144. Paul Burdick says:


  145. Anonymous says:

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

  146. Don Sticksel says:

    Who doesn’t like to solder?

  147. Anonymous says:

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

  148. Nathan Pryor says:

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

  149. Chris Westrick says:

    Definitely a lot better soldering station than I have.

  150. Jon says:

    I could teach my kids with this

  151. 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…

  152. Anonymous says:

    My old soldering iron is dead…

  153. david says:

    A very nice upgrade to my iron.

  154. mazzmn says:

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

  155. Anonymous says:

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

  156. tojosan says:

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

  157. Anonymous says:

    new iron would be great

  158. Anonymous says:

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

  159. Philip Strong says:

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

  160. aimee petkus says:

    looks like a sweet soldering iron!

  161. Ryan says:

    I actually could use a soldering iron…

  162. Jay Graves says:

    Looks nice!

  163. Anonymous says:

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

  164. Anonymous says:

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

  165. John Schuch says:

    Happy Holidays!!

  166. James Duncan says:

    Does it have an “any” key?

  167. Kandy Klee says:

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

  168. Anonymous says:

    This would be fantastic for my Cub Scout Den!

  169. Kevin Granade says:

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

  170. Bcook65 says:

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

  171. Joel Smith says:

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

  172. Brian Ray says:

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

  173. Steph says:

    yes please

  174. 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.

  175. Anonymous says:


  176. Ben Brandt says:

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

  177. Andrew Holcomb says:

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

  178. Liz Randall Delaney says:

    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!!  :)

  179. Anonymous says:

    This would be great & share with the local scouts

  180. Irwin Bautista says:

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

  181. Vandasian says:

    soldering iron!

  182. Robert Beatty says:

    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.

  183. Charles Haase says:

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

  184. Gavin Jackson says:

    Nice Iron!

  185. Anonymous says:

    Cool, I’ve always sucked at soldering

  186. Casey Nielson says:

    my comment here

  187. Benjamin Huelsbergen says:

    Another day another chance to win :)

  188. B B says:

    Pick me, please.

  189. Matt says:

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

  190. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Another chance.

  191. Barclay Osborn says:

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

  192. Brian Berry says:

    Sounds great

  193. James Carey says:

    This is awesome. Do Want (To Make)

  194. Anonymous says:

    Enter Me

  195. Jacob Shepherd says:

    Nice iron.

  196. Geromy Harper says:

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

  197. 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. 

  198. 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. 

  199. Sean McLaws says:

    Please Please Please Pick Me :)

  200. Joseph Reilly says:


  201. Barry Briggs says:

    Sign me up, I’ll take (win) one.

  202. Michael Andrews says:

    We dont need no stinking Badges…..

  203. Jon Robelia says:


  204. Ken says:

    Count me in!

  205. Garrett Rodrigues says:

    I’d love a kit!

  206. 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.

  207. Rich de la Torre says:

    Please pick me!

  208. Dan O'Brien says:

    SWEET! 25 X more fun!

  209. Kayla Bayens says:

    Seems like its eyes should flash!

  210. Anonymous says:


  211. Anonymous says:

    Oooh, that sounds like fun.
    Pick me!

  212. Adam Thielsen says:

    This looks great, I would love to win one!

  213. Annelle Ertelt King says:

    My son and our robotics team needs this!!!

  214. R & J says:

    I like things that blink!

  215. Phil Mandryk says:

    In Canada.

    Cannot win.Sad robot is sad. * _ *

  216. Nirmal Intwala says:

    Can I get one!!

  217. Josiah Ritchie says:

    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.

  218. Brad Kairdolf says:

    This looks great.

  219. Will Harrison says:

    I don’t have a soldering iron. :(

  220. Anonymous says:

    Would love this for the kid!

  221. Thomas M Sutter says:

    Anyone leaving grad school needs their own soldering iron.

  222. 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!! :-)

  223. Anonymous says:

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

  224. Jason Greskoviak says:

    hook me up!

  225. Mac says:

    Whoah.  Lots of chances to win this one!  

  226. Garrett Charles says:

    This is same one I gave away in Sept.

  227. Jeffery Pinkston says:

    Heat + metal =fun

  228. Anonymous says:

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

  229. Michelle Johnson Walach says:

    Yay! Building stuff is fun!

  230. Matthew Wright says:

    Yes, please.

  231. Stefan Jones says:

    Oh, I would TOTALLY put this to good use.

  232. Rebecca Hatherley says:

    Great advertising!

  233. Norman Johnson Jr. says:

    Pick me, please!!!

  234. Anders Arson says:

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

  235. Jorge DLG says:

    I like!

  236. 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!

  237. Tony Beletti says:

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

  238. Adam Hathaway says:


  239. Anonymous says:

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

  240. 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.

  241. Daniel says:

    I love the smell of solder in the morning

  242. Michael Phillips says:

    This is an awsome website.

  243. Gudrun 'Gudi' Thomassen says:


  244. Mark Hanford says:

    Can soldering iron also be used for branding?

  245. Barnaby D. Hoit says:

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

  246. John Barnhardt says:


  247. Joseph Hitt says:

    Woo free stuff

  248. Schuyler Maclay says:


  249. Stafford Morse says:


  250. Anonymous says:


  251. Anonymous says:

    Evevn old men can learn how to solder

  252. Anonymous says:

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

  253. Justin Robillard says:

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

  254. Don Underwood says:

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

  255. Seth says:

    Biting again…

  256. Anonymous says:

    I’ll try.

  257. Christopher Favreau says:

    25 x Wow!

  258. Jeff Green says:

    This sounds fun!

  259. Forrest Frye says:


  260. Matthew Wetmore says:

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

  261. Anonymous says:

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

  262. Anonymous says:

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

  263. Anonymous says:

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

  264. Phil Golden says:

    count me in….

  265. Brandi says:

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

  266. Anonymous says:

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

  267. Nim says:

    Soldering FTW!

  268. 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.

  269. Anonymous says:

    cool for teaching the kids and scouts

  270. Anonymous says:

    Pick me! pick me!

  271. Cathy McCaughan says:

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

    The school is brand new and has almost no supplies.

  272. Clayton Doyle says:

    Love the badge.

  273. Kristi Stricklin says:

    Again a great tool for my classroom

  274. Anonymous says:

    Learn to solder Badge kit Another Great kit

  275. Scott Sanders says:

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

  276. Roger Link says:

    I’m in

  277. Roger Link says:

    I’m in.

  278. Sean Wager says:

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

  279. Jules McNubbin says:


  280. Reed J. Williams says:

    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.

  281. 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.

  282. Brian says:

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

  283. marshall miller says:

    I want one

  284. Roy Griffith says:

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

  285. Spencer Behling says:

    This would be nice

  286. Lahcen Ghourabi says:

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

  287. Eric Haseltine says:

    My equipment could use an upgrade

  288. Joe Crop says:

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

  289. David Henson says:

    I really need a good backup iron.

  290. Anonymous says:

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

  291. David Henson says:

    I really need a good backup iron.

  292. J.R. Blackham says:

    I could use a new soldering iron.

  293. Craig Bankston says:

    Nice kit

  294. Anonymous says:

    I’ll take one!

  295. Terence Magno says:

    no comment. 

  296. Scott Johnson says:

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  297. Mark K says:

    MAKE is awesome!

  298. Tod says:

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

  299. Dan Bennett says:

    It’s like boy scouts for electronics enthusiasts! 

  300. Anonymous says:

    Bttr than practicing on th kyboard.

  301. Cory Gra says:

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

  302. Kevin McHugh says:

    I love things that blink!

  303. Anonymous says:

    Woo-hoo! Thanks for the contest.

  304. Anonymous says:

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

  305. Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Learn to Solder Badge Kit Anonymous says:

    woo hoo!

  306. Jake Roth says:

    I have some friends who would dig these. 

  307. Anonymous says:

    Giveaway entry.

  308. Joe says:

    Count me in

  309. Anonymous says:

    i need

  310. Anonymous says:

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

  311. Creto De Cristo says:

    This is awesome!

  312. psmay says:


  313. Anonymous says:


  314. 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.

  315. Blue Tube says:

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

  316. Royce Lloyd says:

    Count me in.

  317. Mark Johnson says:

    Pick Me!

  318. Joseph Elsbernd says:

    Pick me!

  319. William Homan-Muise says:

    I could use a few lessons on soldering

  320. James Patrick says:


  321. Lan Pham Jr. says:

    oooo I want one!

  322. Christopher Williams says:

    Me wants

  323. Matt Hellmer says:

    This would help teach my brother to solder.

  324. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I’ll win…

  325. Nate says:


  326. Scott Saunders says:

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

  327. Jesse Hawkins says:

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

  328. Luke Lathrop says:

    need a new iron for my daughter!

  329. Keith Pimmel says:


  330. Anonymous says:

    ooh nice Soldering Iron

  331. Michael D. Hughes says:

    Looks like fun.

  332. Anonymous says:

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

  333. Blair R says:

    I sure hope randomness likes me.

  334. Robert Wallace says:

    the iron would make a nice upgrade to my current one

  335. Anonymous says:

    I see a good school project for my daughter

  336. Joseph Driscoll says:

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

  337. Gary Ferguson says:

    Now I have to find 24 friends….

  338. Mike Marbut says:


  339. Frank Ashcraft says:

    A Kit a Day!? No Waaaay!

  340. Jon Filteau says:

    Fun Project to start and help others learn to Solder

  341. Avraham says:

    still learning to solder…

  342. Anonymous says:

    A badge or courage.

  343. Sirpa-Leena Unelma says:

    I like it!
    I’m in.

  344. Anonymous says:

    Hey id love to learn how to solder!

  345. Anonymous says:

    Sign me up!

  346. 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 .

  347. Ray Dzek says:

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

  348. Anonymous says:


  349. Anonymous says:

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

  350. Eugene Chang says:

    Lets go free stuff!

  351. Parker East says:

    Down in front!

  352. Colin Faulkingham says:

    This would be another great one for the Hackerspace.

  353. 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.

  354. Anonymous says:

    know who I can teach to solder

  355. Anonymous says:

    A great giveaway!

  356. Allison says:

    This would be an awesome class project! Love it!

  357. shannon wheeler says:

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

  358. Laura Lynch Yona says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  359. 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.

  360. Dan Pollack says:

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

  361. John Albers-Mead says:

    Ooo!  Me!  Me!

  362. Anonymous says:

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

  363. Anonymous says:

    Sounds cool!

  364. Steven Foley says:

    This giveaway is rad on so many levels!   

  365. Sarah Angerer says:

    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!).

  366. Andrew says:

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

  367. Chad Lovelace says:

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


  368. Miss Demeanor says:

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

  369. Robert Levenson says:

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

  370. Tracy Dryden says:

    Do I really need 25 of them?

  371. Anonymous says:

    Would be great for a workshop

  372. terry gaines says:

    crossing fingers and leaving comment….

  373. Michele Shoats says:

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

  374. 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!

  375. Chad Keller says:

    Super sweet!

  376. Jason King says:

    Fingers crossed!

  377. Hap Durr says:

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

  378. Michael Campbell says:

    This would be awesome to teach my little sisters and cousins

  379. Kevin says:

    I’ll stop the world and melt with you.

  380. Anonymous says:

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

  381. 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!

  382. Teresa Liao says:

    I want to solder my own Arduino please.

  383. Anonymous says:

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

  384. John Kicklighter says:

    Nice kit!

  385. 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.

  386. Anonymous says:

    Great idea with the solder badges

  387. 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.

  388. 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.

  389. Anonymous says:


  390. Jake Stephens says:

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

  391. Tom Stearns says:

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

  392. Sean says:

    What a good way to get friends interested!

  393. Chris Saenz says:

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

  394. Anonymous says:

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

  395. Kelley says:


  396. Statler or Waldorf says:

    Man I suck at soldering.

  397. Michelle Sullivan Goldsmith says:

    oh, i neeed to learn to solder!!!

  398. Jeff Anderson says:

    I’m definitely a fan of soldering!

  399. Anonymous says:


  400. K2 nSF says:

    I want to solder!

  401. Marni Greene says:

    OOooh Fun!

  402. Austin Cash Priebe says:


  403. Ashley Huxley says:

    I hope I win all these contests :)

  404. Brad Trotter says:

    This is pretty cool.

  405. LeslieC says:

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

  406. Alex Boucher says:

    Hey! I need a soldering iron!

  407. Anonymous says:

    in for 1

  408. 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!

  409. Chris Von Bargen says:

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

  410. Anonymous says:

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

  411. Jay says:


  412. Stacy Bourns says:

    Another nice prize

  413. rauscherjoan says:

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

  414. Tucker Wilson says:

    banana hammock

  415. Ryan says:

    Please and thanks!

  416. Laurence Doss says:

    I so need to learn to solder.

  417. Ian McAllister says:

    That would come in quite handy!

  418. Brett Fieber says:

    What if I solder my hands together.
     – Bender

  419. Maximiliam Steffens says:

    Send One To Brazil!

  420. Michael Newman says:

    Just in time – Need a new soldering iron!

  421. Peter Natale says:

    pretty please!

  422. Anonymous says:

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

  423. Bryan Keen says:


  424. Shawn Myers says:

    cool kit

  425. Ben Kasava says:

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

  426. Paul Boardman says:

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

  427. Anonymous says:

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

  428. Anonymous says:

    A soldering iron would be awesome!

  429. Christian Carl Brink says:

    This will be going to my nephew :)

  430. RDB says:

    just bought an ok radio shack unit

    would be nice to gift it to my son

  431. Ben says:

    Count me in

  432. James Thomas Fields says:

    Here’s my entry.

  433. Brad Carlson says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  434. Gene H says:

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

  435. Anonymous says:

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

  436. Thomas E. Logan says:

    I could really use a good iron. Great giveaway!

  437. Anonymous says:

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

  438. Anonymous says:

    Yay I like winning things!!!

  439. jillian quass says:

    hope I win!

  440. Bryan Johnson says:

    Yes have some

  441. Michal Chamedes says:

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

  442. Anonymous says:

    I could use a good soldering arm

  443. aurobind enugala says:

    Learning skills for free :)

  444. Arcane Objects says:

    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. 

  445. Roger Tiu says:

    Rollin’ the dice!

  446. John W says:


  447. 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. :)

  448. Daydream in Color says:

    So awesome. I’ve always wanted to learn!

  449. David Rodriguez says:

    I could use a good iron…

  450. Jodi says:

    Wow, that would be great!

  451. Anonymous says:

    I want to be win!

  452. Atif Hassan says:

    Mahna Mahna

  453. Annalisa Little says:

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

  454. A.J. says:

    I’ll take one please!

  455. Janel G says:

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

  456. 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

  457. Carrie Quast says:

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

  458. 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.

  459. Andrew VanWingerden says:

    Yes! please me!

  460. 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.

  461. andrewvw says:

    Id love one of these.

  462. AndrewV says:

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

  463. Danna BC says:

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

  464. Anonymous says:

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

  465. 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.

  466. Leigh Harrison Marotta says:

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

  467. 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

  468. Kyle Rouggly says:

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

  469. Joe Wolner says:

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

  470. Seth Winsor says:

    I want one

  471. Cindy Woolworth says:

    solder on!!

  472. Justin Eltoft says:

    he he he

  473. Anthony Murillo says:

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

  474. Anonymous says:

    ME ME!!!!

  475. Ken Wade says:

    Great to do with the kids…

  476. Sarah Graham says:

    Very cool!

  477. tiara laviolette says:

    Ohh this could be fun

  478. Matthew Coleman says:

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

  479. Marshal Graham says:

    What better way to learn to solder.

  480. Alicia Horn says:

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

  481. Safet Bosnjak says:

    I would put this to good use!!!

  482. Victor says:

    Count me in

  483. Anonymous says:

    Soldering would be cool to learn

  484. David Bousson says:


  485. Diana Huang says:


  486. Charles Schwer says:

    I’m in!

  487. Tammy Wallace says:

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

  488. Aaron Cox says:

    Here’s hoping today’s my day!

  489. Anonymous says:

    looks awesome!

  490. Christian Henkel says:

    i want to win :D

  491. Eric D. Chang says:


  492. Paco Michelson says:

    yep jes commentin’

  493. Anonymous says:

    I need this in my life.

  494. Jeff Johnson says:

    Why is solder pronounced sawder? :+)

  495. Anonymous says:

    will this help my chubby fingers be less useless

  496. Sarah Richardson says:

    Count me in.

  497. George Hart says:


  498. Anonymous says:

    Pick me pick me!

  499. Lemar Carthens says:

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

  500. Arlber Chang says:

    Consider this a comment

  501. Todd Rook says:

    This would great activity for my Cub Scouts!

  502. Doug McCaughan says:


  503. Anonymous says:

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

  504. Anonymous says:


  505. Andy III says:

    Hot soldering iron action!

  506. Kexxicans says:

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

  507. Kexxicans says:

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

  508. Kevin McNeece says:

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

  509. Kevin McNeece says:

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

  510. Kenneth Olsen says:

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

  511. Jason Levi says:

    This would be very handy

  512. Anonymous says:

    Everybody can use one of these!

  513. Kris Swanson says:

    My elementary school engineering club would love these!

  514. Anonymous says:

    Signing up.

  515. Stephen Upham says:

    Pretty slick. I would like to have one.

  516. Tiffany Vincent says:

    If I win this I’m totally donating it to

  517. Matthew Fasano says:

    This would be a welcome addition to the workshop!

  518. Eugene says:

    Count me in.

  519. Anonymous says:

    solder, tasty!

  520. Anonymous says:

    a comment

  521. Dan Price says:

    I’m in for one

  522. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I need one of those in 48 hours.

  523. Trevor Scott says:

    Enter me in!!!

  524. Traci Parmer says:

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

  525. Sarah Scott says:

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

  526. fµture man says:

    HI! please give to me.

  527. Whitney Powell says:

    me please!

  528. 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.

  529. Nancy Martin Robertson says:

    I would love to win this for my son.

  530. Glenn Robertson says:

    My son would love this!

  531. Ashley says:

    i could totally go for a fancy new soldering iron!

  532. Danny Zinck says:


  533. 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.

  534. Matt Kopas says:

    Been meaning to learn to solder for a while!

  535. 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.

  536. Mama Chao says:

    Would love to win this for my family and myself

  537. Robert Merithew says:

    The whole third grade could learn to solder…

  538. Anonymous says:

    i can solder

  539. Kevin Hope says:

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

  540. 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)

  541. Anonymous says:

    This would be cool!

  542. Anonymous says:

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

  543. Paul Szymkowiak says:

    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++++

  544. Gary McGarity says:

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

  545. Danny Oakley says:


  546. Anuj Pasricha says:

    This is great!

  547. Toni Childers says:

    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…

  548. John Doucet says:

    oooo, i’ll take it!

  549. William Draxler says:

    soldering is the future.

  550. Meghan Helmer says:

    The couple that solders together stays together.

  551. 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…;-)

  552. Anonymous says:

    Looks awesome

  553. Aren Hill says:


  554. 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. :)

  555. Jimmy TenBellies says:


  556. Sam Ewen says:

    I want one!

  557. Sean Fottrell says:

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

  558. Joe Monti says:


  559. Anonymous says:

    I would like one.

  560. Anonymous says:


  561. Anonymous says:

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

  562. 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!

  563. Kailee says:

    Ooh variable temperature. Fancy soldering iron.

  564. Anonymous says:

    My skills need the practice to make a shiny badge.

  565. David Miller says:

    One Please.

  566. Anonymous says:

    Yes, please!

  567. Juli Fowler says:


  568. Matt says:

    about time for a upgrade

  569. Eric M. Sullenberger says:

    This would be great for teaching in my classroom.

  570. Sara Beckwith says:

    Oooh, how exciting!

  571. Rohan Bhandari says:

    One Please!

  572. Anonymous says:


  573. Fred Miller says:


  574. Jevon Carlson says:


  575. Anonymous says:

    Nice! :-)

  576. roco wilson says:

    ill take one

  577. Anonymous says:


  578. Anonymous says:

    maybe the kids can teach me to solder

  579. Mike Krainin says:


  580. Jonathan Lang says:

    I’m still learning. This would be perfect.

  581. Mark Bastine says:

    Please Santa…. Please

  582. Anonymous says:

    I’m in.

  583. Anonymous says:

    I’ll solder.

  584. Julian Richardson says:

    Inedible… I mean, incredible!

  585. Lydia Rice says:

    hot mess

  586. Marci Wade says:

    This could be fun!

  587. Anonymous says:

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

  588. Kevin Sexton says:

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

  589. Danielle Yu says:

    I love soldering

  590. Anonymous says:

    Badges? Badges? I need those steenking badges!

  591. Anonymous says:

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

  592. 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 : )

  593. Clarence Millspaugh says:

    i need that

  594. Dean Ansley says:

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

  595. Anonymous says:

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

  596. Michael Brougham says:

    I hope I win

  597. simon chaudeurge says:

    Perfect ! Badge me

  598. schopaia says:


  599. jim says:

    Daddy needs a new iron!

  600. Anonymous says:

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

  601. Ken Pierce says:

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

  602. Kasper Van de Laar says:


  603. Gareth Branwyn says:

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

  604. Rob Voss says:

    Nice. I could use a new soldering iron.

  605. Daniel says:

    Blinkies and a soldering iron, you bet!

  606. 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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