Unnecessary? Yes. Do you need it? No. Do you want it? You know you want it. Worth it? Absolutely! This thing is just a delight to hold. It has an extremely pleasing heft and feels super nice in the hand. And it lights up beautifully (and is weirdly difficult to photograph). The attention to detail is lovely (and mine seems pretty much blemish-free). Has caused great envy in onlookers!
I've used these kits for 2 years now and they're perfect. The only thing I wish is that there was a printable set of instructions, though I have created my own. The video is super helpful, but not for at-the-table assistance and reminders. Wonderful product, wonderful price!
I am teaching three classes of 12 year olds many different tech skills. I found these inexpensive badges, and they are perfect for teaching the basics. Good communication with seller when I had a question, and fast response to fix an issue.
made it from Ireland to the US in under 5 days. We used them for learn to solder workshops. The multicolor LEDs were showing up on T-shirts all day around the event. The owner answered my questions (about inventory and shipping schedule) very quickly despite the time difference. This is a very reasonably priced product - esp when you are ordering in bulk (we ordered 175 and had them here in 5 days). No documentarian comes with it, but can easily be found on the internet.
I go to a yearly exhibit to interest High School students in the trade occupations, This badge generates considerable interest in a delicate hand skill. It teaches young students that there are marketable trades skills that they are able to preform.
I wish the maker of these badges would keep more of these in stock.
I ordered these just about a week ago as a gift for my coworkers. I work in IT, and try every year to buy a small, inexpensive gift for a large group of people I work with - this year I bought 30 of this kit.
Seller packed and shipped order within hours of my purchase, and I received them within a week (from Ireland to the States - wow!).
Kits are well packed, simple enough to put together, and we're having fun with them. One suggestion, might be worth printing the Youtube URL or a QR code to it on the bag that the kit comes in, I printed a QR code in the Christmas card that I wrapped them in. Not a criticism, but might make it a bit easier if given as a gift.
Excellent vendor, well made inexpensive product - well done!
We used the I Can Solder Torch as an introduction to soldering workshop for kids age 6-14 at a recent conference. The kids really liked that they had something functional at the end, and the lanyard meant none of the kits were lost or left behind. The kit was very simple to put together, and offered just enough pieces for the kids to actually get some practice in, but not enough that it was overwhelming for beginners. This kit made the workshop a great success.
Eleven Badges ordered as a taster session - went down very well so much so another order IS being placed for the next Raspberry Jam
We had 9 Kids Pre booked and they loved the fact that THEY MADE it and it worked first time . (See Link above) Documentation is a bit limited for a teaching session but if you have soldered before you can create your own documentation as I did ;-)
Tried to "make" a switch by putting laminated sheet in between the battery and the board - Failed miserably either the laminate folded or it was too thick , Just means to turn it off you need to remove the battery .
I found this product while looking for a merit badge of some sort. We had 3 learn to solder for a specific task. They were really proud they learned, so finding this Solder Badge was beyond FUN! I bought 3 and we had an official Solder Certification at work. We had the 3 assemble their badges and had a blast doing it. All in all, these are the GREAT fun gadgets. Because I work with Engineers, they took this badge one step further and hooked it up to a battery source. That LED should blink for a year now. Haha... Thanks for SUPER QUICK shipping! Thanks for giving a small company an afternoon of fun while we celebrated Soldering.