MINDSTORMS Kickstarter Project: MinuteBot BrainPower

KickstarterThere’s a great project for LEGO MINDSTORMS just started on Kickstarter by MinuteBot.  BrainPower is a way to plug your NXT into the wall!

Previously, these folks brought us the MinuteBase, a product they designed:

MinuteBot Base is a thick, robust base plate that can be used for construction of robotics based on LEGO Mindstorms.

Now they’re back and they’ve designed something we’ve always wanted: a plug in power supply for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.  We do a lot of programming and experimenting with the NXT and we’re constantly running out of batteries.  The BrainPower promises to cure that:

MinuteBot BrainPower is a power supply for LEGO Mindstorms-enabled robotics. Say goodbye to batteries. Just plug and play.

MinuteBot Explanation

From MinuteBot's Kickstarter Page: BrainPower Explained

See it and support it here!


  1. Leon Overweel October 21, 2012

    Looks like a great product, but how is it different from LEGO’s own rechargeable batteries? I have those plugged in 24/7 too, and they do exactly this, plus I can unplug and keep going, all for about the same price. Is there something different here I’m missing?

    • Dexter Industries October 21, 2012

      Leon, it’s a good question. I’m not sure why it’s much better, it might be a great question to ask the creators.

      I could be wrong here, but don’t the batteries get degraded over time from recharging?

      – John

  2. Leon Overweel October 22, 2012

    Thanks John! I’ll drop by their kickstarter and ask them. As far as my rechargeable batteries, I really haven’t noticed any issues having had them for about two years — they’re lithium ion, like in phones and laptops, and those get recharged all the time too. Thanks for the reply!
    – Leon

  3. Steve Spence November 5, 2012

    They canceled the project? Or just the funding on kickstarter?

    • Dexter Industries November 5, 2012

      Apparently totally canceled.

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