This project takes an existing tool — the Hakko FX-901 cordless soldering iron — and adds USB charging and a beefy Lithium Ion battery inside a 3D-printed pack. I keep this little iron around for cosplay electronics emergencies, and adding USB charging means there’s less to pack…it uses the same phone charger and USB cable I’m already carrying.
This little USB port go-between is like a speed gauge for your USB devices. Instead of hauling out a multimeter and splicing cables, plug this in between for a quick reading on how much current is being drawn from the port. Great for seeing the charge rate of your phone or tablet, checking your battery chargers, or other USB powered projects.
This is actually not any sort of product or public project (!) - its something I designed to help me evaluate solar panels and how they act when charging batteries. Normally this requires a lot of multimeters and its a bit of a pain to do if you have to constantly change out panels. So I decided I would build a specialized tool that would assist me.
Adafruit is a high-tech company, run by fairly young people. All of us working here have spent our lives with computers, technology and the Internet. So it's not surprising that software and software-as-services (SaaS) are an essential part of running Adafruit. We're constantly on the lookout for useful new tools that can help Adafruit run efficiently, and cleanly.