electronics

Solder Without A Soldering Iron Using Steel Wire And Fire

If you need to make some simple electronics repairs, but don’t have a soldering iron, you aren’t completely doomed. You can use plenty of other tools, along with almost any heat source, to solder whatever needs soldering.


Where To Get Started With The Intel Edison

The Intel Edison is one of those DIY electronics boards that we haven’t talked a lot about here on Lifehacker, but it’s one of the more popular tools for internet of things projects. It’s a little confusing how it works at a glance, so Instructables user DangerousTim put together a beginner’s guide that covers the basics for setting it up.


Reclaim Wasted Solder By Melting It Down And Remoulding It In Foil

If you do a lot of soldering projects, you probably have a lot of solder beads around your work area. With a few tools you can melt them down and remould them into usable solder again.


Build Your Own Portable, Rechargeable Desk Lamp

Lamps aren’t particularly expensive, but if you want to make your own little portable lamp, Instructables user Saiyam has a guide to make one with a rechargeable power source.


Pick The Right Electronics For Your Wearable Projects With This Guide

Making your own wearable electronics is a lot of fun, but it’s often difficult to pick out the right sensors. Make has a guide for doing just that.


Turn A Raspberry Pi Into An Ad Blocker With A Single Command

We’ve shown you how to turn a Raspberry Pi into a handy little ad blocker for all your devices before, but blogger Jacob Salmela simplified the process significantly. Now all you need to do is type one thing into the command line.


Build A Covert Bone Conduction Speaker And Radio That Fits In A Pen

Bone conduction speakers give you the ability to hear things that nobody else can by vibrating your own bones. This covert system — that fits perfectly inside of a pen — can be activated by simply biting down on it.


Why The Raspberry Pi 2 Crashes When You Flash A Camera On It

The Raspberry Pi 2 is an awesome upgrade over previous models, but it also comes with a quirk. It turns out if you try to take a picture of the Pi with a flash, it powers off. The folks over at Raspberry Pi explain exactly what’s going on.


The Invent Anything Course Gets You Started With Hardware Hacking

Littlebits make designing little electronics super easy, but that doesn’t mean everyone can make anything instantly. If you’d like a little more guidance, Littlebits and P2Pu teamed up for the Invent Anything online course, and you can sign up for it right now for free.


How The Raspberry Pi 2 Performs Compared To Older Models

We know the Raspberry Pi 2 is faster on paper. If you’re curious about benchmark scores, Hackaday ran the Pi 2 through its paces and compared it to the Model B+.