The_Don125 wrote:Did you use 4 alkaline AA batteries with the first kit, or just 2? If you used 4 fresh alkaline batteries, you very well could have hit the poor chip with 6.5V, which is 2V more than it was meant to take.
Sorry for the confusion, I used the kit exactly as it came with 2 batteries.
I do have an update and some advice (which will hint to my update). The space I work in the garage is lit by a single fluorescent tube and not very well lit. After not seeing anything wrong in the garage I took it outside in the bright sun and was able to spot 1 leg of the diode was 1/2 soldered, so I took it back into the garage and after heating up the iron properly soldered it up and it seemed to not go up a degree with no load after minutes went by (with an output voltage of 4.99 using my fully charged eneloops which were both 1.365volts).
The problem with mine was me and my crappy observation skills (at least I still have my numchuck skills). With my blackberry curve plugged in for about 5 minutes the chip didn't even get hot and I think the warmth it had was from me constantly touching it to feel how warm it was. I have absolutely no reservations about putting this into a small container like the altoids tin after seeing how it is supposed to work when done properly.
Great kit and I am glad I bought 2 (kinda wishing I had bought 3; that pcb is nice)