Really love the snowflake! If you ever decide to make a larger version or a Star verion I'll be first in the queue to order another.
Response from South Berkeley Electronics | Dec. 25, 2020
Thanks for the review. I'm curious; I've heard a few people suggesting something larger, perhaps to serve as a tree topper. How big would you go? Would the bare circuit board aesthetic still work for you?
Best, Dave J
Jan. 4, 2020
This was more work than necessary; time lit never increased!
What a waste of money; supposedly time would be automatically increased nightly until the eighth night; this did not happen; even the last night lasted about 20 minutes. maximum; I should have thanked my wife for accidently knocking it off the windowsill to the ground, causing it to not function. at least I don't have to keep putting it on after it shuts off so quickly!
Response from South Berkeley Electronics | Jan. 4, 2020
First, I'm sorry that you are not happy with the menorah. I'd be happy to offer you a refund.
Second, I'm not sure where you got the notion that the time would increase automatically each night. Nothing in the documentation at the links below says that.
You *can* indeed increase the on time following steps in the manual. This is a one time operation and the unit will remember your changed setting until you change it again. The default setting is twenty minutes, but you can increase it up to 8*20 minutes, one hour and forty minutes.
If you want help, I can help you. If you want a refund, we can do that.
So, I ordered the 'kit' version without fully grasping how SMALL the SMD components were! I don't know why, but I assumed it was through hole, so that I could build it with my kids. A good opportunity to learn SMD, but for next year. Get the fully built version! It's worth the extra $4.00
I am excited to move on to SMD components. I purchased a stereo inspection microscope which allowed me to complete the project without difficulty.
The kit is well documented and hackable.
P.S. for those who are curious, the scope I got is the: AmScope 10X-20X Widefield Binocular Inspection Stereo Microscope on Boom Arm Stand