Instructables

The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!



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Kiteman2 years ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Then you need to read this how-to guide.
Kiteman Kiteman11 months ago
(Please remember that comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.)

What do you guys think of this i'ble? I have worked hard on making the tutorial clean and presentable, but it wasn't featured. I believe many members would enjoy this project. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate any help, tips, or comments.

Thanks for your help,

-KTC

http://www.instructables.com/id/4x4x4-LED-Cube-Arduino-Uno/

Looks like it got featured now. Nice job!

Yes, it did! Thanks!

benet06713 days ago

Is it possible to change the license for my instructable, after i have published it?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-PiCade-B...

Howdy Y'all Any suggestions on how to improve my write up would be appreciated. I am getting a lot of views and want to ensure that it is the best it can be. My writing is my weak side.

Thank you

Carl

nodcah2 months ago

I worked pretty hard on this one: DIY Fingerprint Scanning Garage Door Opener.

Thanks in advance!

-Nodcah =D

Teisha nodcah4 days ago

Nice job getting featured and winning the sensors contest!

nwalt311 month ago

Hello I spent a lot of time on this build and would really like to see it finally get featured, can someone help me out? Here is the link. http://m.instructables.com/id/Creating-Costume-Armor-With-Pepakura/

Teisha nwalt314 days ago

Looks like it's been featured now. Nice job!

yoda33320 days ago

Hello instructables,

I recently entered the lego contest with my arduino controled automated lighthouse. I worked really hard on this one hoping to get it featured. However it was not featured, I believe many members would enjoy my project. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting featured? I would greatly appreciate any help, tips, or comments.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled...

Ben has given some great advice, but I also noticed that 5 of the finalists in the LEGO contest were not featured. That seems very unusual to me. It is possible that there aren't a lot of authors that are confident in what makes a good LEGO ible or the ones that do know are more picky than in other categories because I thought your ible looked pretty good. I'm definitely not an expert in LEGO or arduino though.

You're right that is weird, thanks for pointing it out! We've had some changes over in staff recently and it looks like legos were part of what slipped through doing this time. We are taking actions to fix this, and to make sure it won't happen again.

To be honest I'm kind of surprised this didn't get featured. I'm not very familiar with reviewing LEGO projects, but it looks like it has everything you'd want in a good Arduino project: pictures with clear backgrounds, a parts list, nice circuit diagrams made with Fritzing, downloadable code. Even though you didn't provide literal LEGO-instruction-manual style build instructions, I don't think anyone really does that.

That being said, here are some suggestions I think could help make it better:

- The blue-green text on the cover image is a little hard to read. I'd make sure the text stands out clearly from the lighthouse and the background.

- The cover image also seems a little grainier and lower-resolution than your other photos. You want the cover photo to be your prettiest, shiniest one.

- Part numbers, or even better, links to the exact parts you used for your materials list can make it more newbie-friendly (since there are a bazillion kinds of transistors, diodes etc. with different specs that beginners won't understand)

- It doesn't look like the LED is on in any of the photos. I'd definitely take some shots of that, including some in low light so the LED really stands out.

- Along those lines, a video or at least a GIF of the whole thing in action with the motor spinning would be good.

Those last two points MIGHT be why it didn't get featured - technically there is nothing in the Instructable proving that it "works." That's just a guess on my part though.

Thank you for your advice. I greatly appreciate your prompt help. I will definitely be using your input to improve my ible when I get free time. I did attach a video though. It is in the last section of my instructable.

Ah - I didn't notice the video since it was attached all the way at the bottom of the last step. I'd recommend uploading the video to YouTube or Vimeo and embedding it on the first step, so it's much more prominent. People are way more likely to watch it that way since they don't have to download and open an attachment.

JM1999 yoda33317 days ago

That looks cool.

JM199910 days ago
makendo JM199910 days ago

I suspect you already know your photos aren't really up to feature-standard. However, you can get great results even from a cheap camera - get a big piece of white card and curve it up against a wall outside (but not in direct sunlight). Place your project on there for your photos. And check out Ben Finio's comments below - he has lots of good feedback on similar projects to yours.

JM1999 makendo8 days ago

I don't have the money (or the allowance) for a camera at this point in time, I only have my dads HTC desire smartphone and I don't even have a piece of card to use.

So, I am just lacking in photos? If so would it be possible that if I added better photos it could still get featured or is it too late?

Thanks for replying.

Jayefuu (author)  JM19998 days ago

It's never too late! I had one Instructable featured two years after I wrote it.

Jayefuu is right, but I'd recommend you just treat the older ones as good practice and put your efforts into making your new projects better.

And your smartphone camera probably has more MP than the cheap 2001 3 MP point-and-shoot I used for most of my early instructables - the main thing is to get the lighting right. Jessyratfink recently published a good instructable on how to get the most out of your smartphone camera.

JM1999 makendo7 days ago

Yeah, the smartphone is 8mp but it is getting old (4 years old) and the camera lens is getting stuff on it that I can't clean off, I will definitely take your advice though thanks.

nevets_mcd16 days ago

I've had decent luck at getting my Instructables featured before in the past , but my latest one doesn't seem to be getting any views. It was created for the Toy Building blocks contest. As Lego building is my number one hobby it is disappointing that no one is looking at what I think is one of the best projects I've done in my lifetime. Is creating giant Lego displays really not interesting to others? What am i missing?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Large-Collaborative-Lego-Displays/

I think your biggest hurdle to getting hits in this case is having a really great image that makes people want to click. The cover image for that ible is a bit hard to read. It was likely really impressive in person, but a closer image that makes someone curious might be better.

wilgubeast29 days ago

This is now in the homepage community menu.

Great! Much easier to find now.

I just saw that, and the other changes. Good call.

Hello, could you please go through and review my instructable? I'd appreciate it if you could give me some tips on making my instructable worthy of being featured.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Aergia-The-Android-controlled-TV-Remote/

So, this looks like it has everything that a tech Instructable would normally need to get featured - good photos with white backgrounds, a complete parts list, circuit diagrams, code, etc - very thorough and well done. It looks like there's one big problem though - the title is "Voice controlled TV remote", but unless I'm really missing something, it isn't actually voice controlled. The final step of your project says "You can now use the app and 'Aergia'. Click on any button in the app
and your TV will respond to it just like it would after
receiving a signal from the Remote Control." but there's never anything about voice commands.

I'm not sure if that was just a mistake on your part when you created the title, or if you were planning on adding voice commands later, but published the Instructable early? Either way, making sure the title matches the project is important.

Finally, there are some typos - not bad enough to make it unreadable, but it couldn't hurt to proofread. For example in the first step, there's a "your" that should be "you're", you alternate whether or not Android is capitalized, and "bear" should be "bare". I don't think minor typos like that will prevent a project from being featured, but it still can't hurt to fix them.

Thank you for reviewing my instructable. I have just updated it with info about the voice recognition feature. I am now working on a video to showcase this feature.

Ok - I'm not sure if you published it prematurely so you could make the deadline for the Battery Contest, but FYI that can be a little risky and/or frowned upon. In general it's best to make sure the major content of an Instructable is complete before publishing - then you can go back and make minor fixes to things like grammar or slightly better pictures, etc. From this contest FAQ:

Can I edit my Instructable after it's entered in a contest?



Short answer: YES!



Long answer:

You can make any modifications you want to an Instructable that's
already entered! We get so many entries that there's absolutely no way
we'd be able to police it even if we wanted to - but it's never
something we want to discourage.



Improvement is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned. :)



However, I must caution you: it's best to get those changes done before
voting closes. The voting period matters the most because that's the
time that we start looking into picking finalists.



Another slightly related caveat: don't publish a mostly empty
instructable and try to fill it after the contest ends. We're starting
to see this happen more often, always with a promise that updates are
coming. You can never tell when we'll be reviewing it as a possible
finalist, so chances are you'll get overlooked going about it that way.
We are currently looking at 50-300 entries per contest, so anything
incomplete doesn't stand a chance these days!

Thanks a lot Ben for your insightful review. Your comments have been very useful for me.

I just hope that my instructable can be a finalist in the Battery Contest as I have put in a lot of hours and efforts in my project.

Wow - featured AND a finalist in the battery contest. Looks like those improvements were worth it! Well done - I must say that I'm jealous, I really wanted that DSLR...good luck in the judging phase!

Hahaha, the clinic really helped me improve my instructable. Now I just can't wait for the decisions to be announced!

009agent1 month ago

Could anybody suggest some improvements to my Instructable?http://www.instructables.com/id/Beginners-Electron...

Thanks in advance

amansell11 month ago

HI

i just posted this instructable. I am looking for ways to improve it. Do you guys think an led bar that lights up would be a distraction? Also, did i describe it enough? would someone else be able to do it?

here is the instructable

http://www.instructables.com/id/Compact-Macintosh-Audio-Visualizer/

Hi - this is definitely a really cool hack - I like the video in the intro. The Instructable could definitely benefit from a few things:

1. Proofreading - capitalize your i's, make sure you don't miss spaces between words or parenthesis, make sure sentences end in periods, etc.

2. This might seem dumb, but I'd explain a little bit in the introduction about what an audio visualizer is. Just imagine that you are someone stumbling across the project who has never heard of an audio visualizer before. How would you explain it to them? Can you provide any good background links (Wikipedia etc) they may find helpful?

3. Photos - you even say "sorry for terrible pics" in the intro - I wouldn't call them terrible, but there's definitely room for improvement. Some of them are a little blurry or have a lot of background clutter. You don't need expensive lighting or a fancy camera to take good photos - there are a lot of Instructables on how to take good photos with cheap equipment. Scroll down and you'll see some suggestions in the other comments.

4. Writing - in some places, for example, "Step 2: Find a candidate", I would favor complete sentences over bullet points. When you say "please try to fix your mac before you do this" - does that mean you should ONLY do this on an old, otherwise broken/useless computer? Are the changes you're making completely irrevocable? Again, this might seem obvious to you, but imagine that you're someone stumbling across the project who has never seen it before.

5. In step 3 - you explain HOW to do it, but you don't really explain WHY you're doing it. Again, try to write for someone totally new to the project. You need to explain that you are connecting an audio source to the wires that control the CRT, so you can visualize the audio signal on the screen. That might seem obvious or redundant but it can't hurt to explain it in detail.

6. Step 3 is the place where better pictures would help the most - some of them are blurry so it's hard to see what to do. I'd also recommend making a diagram, just with colored wires, because that completely eliminates background clutter. It doesn't need to be super fancy - a free program like MS Paint is fine if that's all you have access to.

Hope this helps!

thanks ben!

will start working on improving with your suggestions! I will definitely make some diagrams and work on making the instructable into paragraphs!

Akin Yildiz1 month ago

is it possible to get featured using a 3-5 megapixel smartphone camera? or do we have to use a digital slr? or can a regular human priced pocket digital camera do the job like a nikon or smtg?

I use a point-and-shoot (Canon Powershot D10) for all my photos. You definitely don't need an SLR (although I'm still hoping to win one in a contest one day...). It's amazing what you can do just with decent lighting and a good background. My "photo booth" consists of two $15 clip lamps from Target, two "daylight" CFL bulbs, and a piece of white posterboard. It doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg.

I also started using GIMP to clean up my photos and get that really nice, white background. For tech Instructables I use randofo's Simple Bots projects as examples.

There are also a bunch of Instructables on how to take good photos, and how to set up a cheap home photo booth. Here's a collection of them:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Take-Great-Pictures-1/

winning one would be so cool. and yes i have stumbled upon some of those posts lately and realized that it is all about lighting and background. your reply is extremely informative. I am actually trying to donate a corner in the house for some photography. what I didn't realize when I first started posting here was that you also have to be a writer and a photographer while creating crazy stuff... can be very time consuming! thank you very much!

Yep - the point is to write instructions that are good enough that someone else could follow them to completely reconstruct your project from scratch, not just to show off what you made. I always think you can NEVER be too detailed with the writing. Things that might seem obvious to you won't be obvious to someone who has never seen the project before. So, especially if your goal is to get featured and win contests, you should always be as thorough as possible - take as many pictures as you can, and do a written description for every step of the process without skipping everything.

Obviously this is way more time consuming, but it also helps level the playing field a little bit - an amateur with an extremely well-documented project can beat out a professional engineer with a poorly-documented one in a contest.

I have used a $10 tracfone to take all my pictures ok so now its 5

http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=30409559

I have 2 featured lighting and background helps

very good to know, thank you. i'm definitely getting featured with my next post..! it's my only goal in life at the moment :)

AmateurHour1 month ago

Can anyone give me advice to get this bench featured http://www.instructables.com/id/Superhero-Kids-Be...

I think I did a decent job explaining it with words and pictures but any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

M3G AmateurHour1 month ago

I think it looks awesome, great work! My only suggestion would be to list the dimensions of the pieces as you attached them together (for example, "first I glued a 14" to a 16" piece at a 90 degree angle. I then attached that to a 32" piece at another 90 degree angle, forming a "h" shape"). Hope I've helped!

AmateurHour M3G1 month ago

Thanks I'll add that in!

AmateurHour2 months ago

Anyway I can improve this Instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Wood-ShelfC...

It seemed pretty clear and turned out pretty nice. Was it too simple?

I'm not a woodworking expert - but I think you wrote a very nice and well explained ible. The pictures showing the process of making are very nice and crisp but the titel picture doesn't have that quality.

You could make a new title picture to show the beauty of your shelf. I recommend taking the picture in a setting with daylight. Take a look at this ible:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-take-pictur... There are lots of advices about taking pictures.

You may consider decorating the shelf a bit. Placing some nice objects on your shelf not only "explains" it's purpose :), objects also give the spectator hints about the dimensions of your piece.

This ible shows a nice decorated shelf: http://www.instructables.com/id/Rope-Shelves/

I hope this helps...

Thanks for the ideas to make it better! I changed the pic to one that fits your advice. I hope it gets featured :)

Some suggestions and advices about my first instructable?

I tried to make it the most detailed i would.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-and-NRF24L...

Very good for a first time! Maybe change the title a bit(less technical) or possibly a better cover photo. Other than that it was great you are very skilled at reverse engineering!

Thank you!

I'll try do to these modifications.

Raphango1 month ago

Hello!

Please, could you take a look at my Instructable? I don't know what I did wrong so I didn't have it featured.... =(

http://www.instructables.com/id/Animated-Sonic-Rul...

Thank you very much in advance!

Hi! Photo instructables (that basically have one step) are much less likely to get a feature, because they are much more of an explanation of the project, instead of a complete step-by-step instruction. This can sometimes work out really well, for a recipe for example, but for a project like this people would rather read a step-by-step on how you made it and how you programmed it, with pictures during these steps. The fact that you already have 10 subscribers after your first instruct able, does show that people are really interested in what you do :)

Ok... thank you so much for your help! =D
Have a nice sunday! n.n

is there something wrong with the presentation...The idea seems great...executed it in a good way..!!!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Touch-Flashlight-cheap-no-adruino/

Background is very cluttered in nearly all photos - try a piece of well-lit curved white card as a backdrop. Arduino, not adruino.

Hello -

My instructable is a thought experiment so photos would be almost exclusively decorative. I was thinking of diagrams and/or equations ...

I guess what I'm asking is - my instructable makes sense to me, how can I make better sense of it to others? What would help me communicate my idea more effectively to you?

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Construct-Y...

Thank you!

your Instructable will only make sence to the right type of person , most people get turned off by equations add lots of cool pictures including the cover best I can suggest

FabricateIO2 months ago

Thoughts on improvements for this 'ible? http://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-Mic-Speech-T...
We thought we did pretty well, but our last one had a much better reception.

Hard to say. It is a really good instructable and a very cool idea. The title, though descriptive, isn't very catchy. For example live and simultaneous are basically saying the same thing so it's redundant. I would also capitalize more on what you will use it for and not what it does. Building a smart home that's voice control from scratch and for $30 bucks I'd check that out! Anyways its a great guide.

ThisIsSteve1 month ago

Presentation and language is good, as are the pictures. Only issue is there are many instructables already on the subject. You need something to catch people that noone has done before, something unique specifically to your project. Other than that it looks great and you are on the right track!

Any suggestions to improve this one??
http://www.instructables.com/id/Rechargeable-LED-Jar-Night-Light/
Is there any problem with the idea, the pics or the matter??

Thanks!

I would say that there is too many pictures in the cover image I would keep it to one jar , even might want to limit the amount of images per step you have to open the window to see them all stretch them out in more steps so your images are all visible with out clicking ,

One point of advice would be to expand your title to be more descriptive. While I enjoy your humor, others may not get it.

Whoops, I seem to have posted to the wrong post. My apologies, your title is perfect.

Thanks for the reply! :)

'Expand' the title?? I thought it was already long enough..
Any suggestions for the title?

Triclaw1 month ago

what can I do to make this Instructable better towards getting featured?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Getting-Stoned/

M3G Triclaw1 month ago

It's a cool instructable, and the title's great; it'll definately catch people's attention! My only suggestion would be to use a different title image, since the people who feature the instructables might get the wrong idea if they came across it while browsing :)

Triclaw M3G1 month ago

I had thought about doing that as well I was trying for some shock value got a lot of views with it who knows might have detured some people from looking at it ,. I changed the cover image and see where it goes from there

Porda2 months ago

I just posted an ible, Touch Lamp, for the Lamps and Lighting contest. I know it's too late to revise it for the contest, but I'd like to make it shine nevertheless. I'd appreciate any advice you can give.

You can revise your Instructable at any time.

Nikus1 month ago

Hi!

Please, can you look at my project. Why is not featured :(

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-bike-tachometer/

Hello,

This is a great Instructable with good detail. There are so many projects uploaded everyday that all of them can not be featured, I should know. Haha.

ThisIsSteve3 months ago

Need help with this, I'm not sure why this did not get featured.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Arduino-1/

It looks like you posted two very similar versions of this, one from a few days ago and this one. Was that intentional, or was this supposed to be an update that replaced the first one?

May 30th:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Your-O...

May 26th:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Your-O...

It looks like you did something similar with your "Smart Distance Measuring Tape" (further down in the comments) - posting two similar Instructables just a couple days apart. The editorial staff would know better but my hunch is that it's better to consolidate your efforts into a single Instructable, and not try to increase your odds of getting featured with near-duplicate entries.

Anyway, let me know which one it's supposed to be, and I can take a more detailed look.

Hey Ben,

First of all thanks for reviewing my instructable,the 30th one is supposed to be the one which should be published. I unpublished the 26th instructable, but its still on the site. It must be a bug or something. Take at the look at the pic to see what I mean.

Don't know why it did not get featured on the other hand.

view.JPG

Honestly this one looks pretty good - I'd just give it some time, since you just published it yesterday and the staff probably isn't working over the weekend. A breadboard diagram for the complete layout would be a nice addition. I also don't think you show what the header pins (which appear in the photos in Step 8) are connected to

No luck, it didn't get featured. Anyways thanks for the advice.

ThisIsSteve2 months ago

Any suggestions to improve this one...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Voice-Controlled-D...

Thanks

Naren_Murali2 months ago

advice for this instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Arduino-pins-to-24-output-pins/

It looks like you did a pretty good job with many of the things that make for a good electronics Instructable - clear pictures with white backgrounds, circuit diagrams, a parts list with links, and lots of detailed steps with pictures.

One thing I would suggest working on is making your writing a little more formal. Spell out "you" instead of "u", and capitalize "I" instead of "i". Also try to use punctuation to help break up long run-on sentences. That will help improve the Instructable's readability.

ok I'll correct it thanks for the advice

FabricateIO3 months ago

Thoughts on this Instructables? We'd love to hear suggestions on how to improve!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-a-30-WiFi-Pan-Tilt-Camera-Video-Audio-and-Mot/

Nothing....Its amazing.

amorarun3 months ago

I would like to improve on my presentations so any suggestions are welcome

http://www.instructables.com/id/Integrating-Laptop... this is my very first and I'm working on an improved one so need guidance..

http://www.instructables.com/id/Salvage-Lithium-Io...

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Mini-Saw-Blade...

Ok, some longer comments:

Laptop cooling stand:

- Detailed materials list is good. Whenever possible, provide exact part numbers or a link to where you got the part. Some things, like "small switch", are too broad - there are thousands of different kinds of switches. A new user trying to follow your directions exactly might have trouble picking the right switch.

- Writing style: avoid long run-on sentences. The very first paragraph of the first step is mostly one really long sentence, so try to break that up into shorter sentences.

- I think you need to more explicitly describe what the goal of the Instructable is. I figured it out after re-reading the first two steps a couple times and looking at the pictures. It looks like your goal is to take apart an existing laptop cooling stand and 4-port USB hub, fit the USB hub's electronics inside the cooling stand's case, and then put it all back together so you have a laptop cooling stand with 4 USB ports. I know that's exactly what your title says, but I was confused by the "planning" step because it looked like you just started taking things apart.

- The same goes for other steps. Never worry about re-explaining things to the user, even if it seems obvious or redundant to you. For example, Step 2 starts with "First mark the size of the holes to be made". My first response in my head was "What holes?". Instead, you could start out with something like "In the previous step, you should have planned out where you want to add holes for the USB ports, power jack, switch, and LEDs to your cooling stand's case. Now, you will mark the exact location and size of the holes so you can drill or cut them out." That reminds the reader where they're supposed to be in the process.

- Steps 3-4 - you did a great job taking a TON of pictures and labeling them well. If you want to go the extra mile (and again, I think it's worth the effort to help get featured), a nicely-drawn circuit diagram always helps. At a bare minimum you can draw it by hand and take a picture, but it's even better if you use a computer. You can do it Microsoft Paint, Powerpoint, or a free vector graphics program like Inkscape.

- Thumbnail photo - I like the last photo in Step 5 better than the one you have at the beginning of the project. The lighting is better and they show the final product more clearly. Remember that you REALLY want that thumbnail photo to be an attention-grabber since it's a big part of what will drive views to the project. If possible I'd try to shoot the photo from an angle that shows both the USB ports and the cooling fan, without putting the laptop on top.

Thanks for taking time to read everything and pointing out the mistakes I made. This information is very useful for me and I will use it in my future instructables to make it better, I might probably edit this one to make it more clear. Once again thanks...!!

Happy to help!

I don't have time to give a detailed read-through to the batteries and saw blade ones at the moment, but hopefully some of the advice on the laptop stand one will be useful there as well. Good luck!

One quick comment after glancing through all three (I don't have time to read all the text tonight, but might be able to this weekend) - always try to use a white background for your photos. It looks like you did this for some, but not all of them. The lighting in your photos also seems a little harsh (not sure if you were shooting directly under a bright light, or using a flash). I think the "Siimple Bots" series of Instructables by randofo provide an excellent example of clear, well-lit photos with solid white backgrounds for tech projects. For example, see this recent solar powered robot.

There are several Instructables out there on how to make a cheap home photo box if you want to take really nice pictures, and if you want to go the extra mile you can use free software like GIMP to touch up the photos. A really nice thumbnail image can be a big part of getting featured so I think it's worth the extra effort.

ThisIsSteve3 months ago

I need help with this instructable.

Thanks

Don't know why the link is not working, anyways here is the link

http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Mobile-Charger-Solar-from-Scrap/

It's awesome how you show how to do this by salvaging old components instead of buying new ones. Most of your photos also have the nice white background, which is good. Some possible improvements:

- In Step 3, it isn't entirely clear how you got the "voltage regulator" part out of the phone charger. To an untrained eye, the last photo looks like you just kind of broke the circuit board in half. A novice would need much more direction on how to extract only the voltage regulator part from an entire mobile phone charger.

- Step 4 is a little clearer, since it looks like you don't have to actually take the PCB apart. However, rather than just saying "You should attach the battery pack, to where the car battery power goes on the charger PCB," you should show this very clearly with a close-up labeled picture (remember that Instructables lets you add little labels to images you upload), and/or a diagram that you draw yourself.

- There needs to be a step that shows a circuit diagram and how to wire together the voltage regulator, battery pack, and USB port (speaking of which, did you salvage the USB port from somewhere? I didn't see that mentioned in a step, unless I missed it). Right now you just jump from salvaging the voltage regulator, straight to putting it all in a case.

- You skip some information about the case - i.e. it looks like you cut holes in the sides for the USB port and LED. You should describe that in the written directions.

- The biggest overall issue - if you're going to advertise this as a solar charger, you need to show that it actually works with a solar panel. At a minimum you need to show how you would connect a solar panel to the existing circuit (right now that isn't clear). Ideally you should show that a solar panel, when connected properly, is capable of recharging the batteries (which can then charge a phone or something) after they've been discharged.

ThisIsSteve3 months ago
woodandmetal3 months ago
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