The NotABomb Review Rubric

Posted by - March 15, 2017
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good..." - J.K. Rowling Recently, a product vendor was wondering how their product got a particular rating, not higher. I tried to explain that to this blog, a rating of 3 is a really high rating, since it means that the product itself was "very good" on all three major counts. On most sites, 5 is "good" and 1 or 0 is "bad" and that's sorta it. I have always wanted the notabomb ratings to mean a little something more than just good and bad products.
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Amir Makes a Ramadan Candle! (Velleman Flickering Candle MK167)

Posted by - February 25, 2017
Welcome Amir to the website!! He has been a friend of mine for a long time. I can't really remember how we became friends, but my dad says that we met through the glass window of an apartment building. This was a good first kit for amir, why? a maker badge would be too simple for him and a sound to light meter would be too complicated for anybody for their first kit. so I gave him the Vellman cancel kit. He's always been really smart and really good at computers and legos and video games and tech so I figured he'd be really good at soldering and electronics.
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Jonah makes: Evil Mad Scientist Flickery Flame Soldering Kit

Posted by - February 12, 2017
Jonah came over to my house recently and i had him solder the Evil Mad Scientist Flickery Flame LED kit that Lenore had sent me and the kit worked. Jonah finished it in one sitting, just over one hour. This kit was not just your average maker badge kit. It was more complex and it had multiple settings. Like most evil mad scientist soldering pads these were amazing quality.
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I wrote to Lenore — and SHE WROTE ME BACK!!

Posted by - February 12, 2017

This is a slide show, click on the photo below to begin. Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist wrote me!!! Ok, I wrote her first, but she wrote back!! My english class had me write a letter to a company. I decided to write mine to Evil Mad Scientist, to...
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IC Station Dgf-01 Sound-Control Level Led Indicator Suite Review

Posted by - January 29, 2017
I have always liked sound to light meter kits since the first one i made. My very second kit was the Vellman vu meter. Ever since then sound to light meters have had a place in my heart. I think you can tell that though because of the amount of sound to light kits i do. This kit is simple and cool and it feels satisfying when you finish it. I would suggest this product to educators who teach an engineering class. I would suggest this because it is simple, like i said and it has very little instructions so the students will need you for help.
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Velleman MK146 VU Meter Mini Kit

Posted by - December 29, 2016
I would suggest this product to someone who needs to me sure sound in an uncontrolled environment. or a person who needs practice soldering at a slightly higher level. This is now one of my favorite kits because of the fact that is can be used as just a soldering kit and it has a practical use... BECAUSE OF THE SWITCH. The switch finally makes it usable in real-life.
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Velleman MK172 Sound Star

Posted by - December 29, 2016
This is a very festive, very fun, kind of complicated kit. It took me 3 tries to get it totally right the video for this article/ still is not the most recent one hence two lights not working. It is very fun to use and show off to other people. It looks both holiday-ish and maker-y.
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3-D Smartphone Viewers Compared

Posted by - December 28, 2016
Recently I opened and tested VR goggles. I was playing with this tech over a year ago but it is suddenly getting popular and there are a lot more games now, so I wanted to give it another try. I tried out all three of the ones I see everywhere this year, the cardboard ones, the foam ones, and the hard shell plastic kind. They are all called "google cardboard" so that is one confusing thing, but getting the right one can be easy. My favorites are the Velleman VR Box and the Foam EVA. The free ones are cool to see it work but move on and get a better one quickly.
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Help Choosing the right 3-d Printer

Posted by - December 5, 2016

Velleman Store : We’re trying to figure out if your kits are the right fit for my new maker space. I have some questions about the products in order to decide which one to get! For either printer : Can either of these be extended to an 8″ x...
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Velleman MK165 Crawling Microbug RAFFLE-GIVEAWAY!!

Posted by - November 27, 2016
I am raffling off one of my very favorite Velleman robotics mini-kits -- the Velleman MK165 Covered Microbug! Enter by following my twitter feed @NotABombBunkE and earn extra entries by tweeting about the raffle and leaving a nice comment on my blog review of the Velleman MK165 Enclosed Microbug. Enter Before December 04. 2016.
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