5 Fantastic Uses for Altoids Tins

5 Fantastic Uses for Altoids Tins

Joelle Alcaidinho
Sep 19, 2011

There is no denying the curiously inventive possibilities of the tin which comes with those curiously strong mints. We have seen Altoids tins turned into all manner of clever tech projects and in this roundup we will highlight 5 of our favourites. Interested in turning your tin into some mini speakers or perhaps a solar charger? Read on then, friend.

5 Ways to re-use an Altoids tin:

1) As a Bike Speedometer: After his bike speedometer broke, Instructables user Alexdlp decided to make an upgraded replacement using an Altoids tin.

2) As Mini Speakers: You'll need two Altoids tins if you want to follow Ken Kirkpatrick's, winner of ReadyMade's MacGyver Challenge, instructions and create your own set of mini speakers using a pair of old headphones.

3) As a Solar USB Charger: Follow Instructables user JoshuaZimmerman's instructions to make your own solar powered USB charger. Prefer to charge your iPhone instead? No sweat, he has instructions for that project as well!

4) As a CF Card Reader: This Instructables guide by MichaelMcNair shows you how to turn an ordinary Altoids tin into a rather fun compact flash card reader.

5) As a 1/8" Stereo Mixer: Ever have not quite enough aux inputs in your stereo? Instructables user Richfiddler11 had the same problem, which he solved by creating this 1/8" stereo mixer out of the ever so humble Altoids tin.

What is the most interesting Altoids project you've spotted?

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