Each HackerBox delivers different fun gear for exploring and learning electronics and computer technology. HackerBox Hackers are electronics hobbyists, makers, hackers, and computer enthusiasts. We are the dreamers of dreams. We connect through social media to create a community of experience, support, and new ideas. We can't wait to see what you do with your HackerBoxes.
A new HackerBox is shipped every month to all active subscribers. The subscription concept works much like a traditional magazine subscription. All active HackerBox subscriptions are automatically renewed on the first of each month.
The contents of each monthly HackerBox is a surprise. Receiving each HackerBox is an opportunity to discover new things that have been curated for the entire membership to experience together. We all benefit as a group from buying/negotiating power and we leverage our combined efforts in sharing resources, solutions, and new ideas.
While the exact contents of each monthly HackerBox is a surprise, you can browse prior boxes and their online box guides for a feeling of what to expect. As you can see, a lot of hard work goes into planning, designing, and sourcing the contents for each HackerBox to make it as fun and as challenging as possible. There are some great things planned for future HackerBoxes.
HackerBox Workshops are larger, themed boxes available for one-time purchase. Workshops are separate from the monthly subscription service and they are available to monthly subscribers and non-subscribers alike.
Yes and No. While a new HackerBox is introduced for subscribers each month, remaining past HackerBoxes are available while supplies last. Past HackerBoxes are individual (one-time) purchases available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Each batch of numbered monthly HackerBoxes is only manufactured one time, so if it shows as "sold out" it is gone forever. Yes, really.
HackerBoxes delivered as part of a subscription are automatically-allocated surprise boxes. There is absolutely no mechanism for obtaining specific deliveries as part of a subscription. Please read the next question for additional clarity on this topic.
HackerBoxes delivered as part of a subscription are handled in enormous automated batches. Economies of scale afford considerable savings. When individual past HackerBoxes are ordered specifically by number, traditional pick and pack economies come into play. Please consider the highly-automated subscription processes prior to requesting any type of manual intervention for your subscription. Individual purchases require individual handling. Subscriptions are batch processed and go with the flow.
HackerBoxes is a project of APPLIED SCIENCE VENTURES, LLC of Florida. ASV was founded by former university faculty members who are passionate about hands-on education and enrichment. ASV curates products for exploring creativity, science, and technology in the pursuit of happiness.
HackerBox, HackerBoxes, and the Skull Logos associated therewith are Trademarks of APPLIED SCIENCE VENTURES, LLC of Florida.
HackerBoxes technical staff will always try to answer any technical question submitted to email@example.com. It is vital to provide as much context and detail as possible when requesting technical support. It is also helpful to post questions to the online forums where other members often share their discoveries and everyone can benefit from the discussion. Since direct, hands-on assistance is often quite beneficial, keep in mind that there is likely a wealth of electronics experience to tap right in your own community at hackerspaces, maker groups, and amateur radio clubs all around the world.
While HackerBoxes are generally intended for adult hobbyists, accessibility is far more about skill and grit than it is about age. Many younger hobbyists have enjoyed HackerBoxes while working with an adult. The required skill level may be ascertained by browsing the box guides from past boxes. If the numbered monthly HackerBoxes seem a bit overwhelming, take a look at the HackerBoxes Starter Workshop which is a little more beginner-friendly and includes most of the basic tools for getting started in the exciting hobby of DIY electronics. Generally HackerBoxes require skills like working with code, loading code into microcontrollers (such as Arduinos), reading simple schematic diagrams, and doing some basic soldering. Accordingly, these are the skills addressed in the HackerBoxes Starter Workshop.
Honestly, you don’t need much. A computer (not just a tablet), wire cutters, small screwdrivers, and a set of basic soldering tools will cover most HackerBox projects. A multimeter and a lighted magnifier might be useful as well. It would be best to take a look at the contents of the HackerBoxes Starter Workshop which includes most of the basic tools for getting started in the exciting hobby of DIY electronics.
The goal is progress, not perfection. Consider a hypothetical friend who is totally new to baking. You explain to them how to prepare a cake from a boxed cake mix and a tub of frosting. You should expect that they might burn, collapse, or mangle a few cakes before one comes out looking half right. Surely their growing pains are natural and not due to any failing of your guidance or the cake mix. Now consider that electronics projects are generally far more complicated than baking a cake. Rest assured that the more projects you burn up, short out, or otherwise mutilate, the more you are learning. The path to expertise in electronics is beset with smoking heaps of gear and dreadful tangles of spaghetti code and cables. If such frustrations might tempt you to take up hateful words against, or place blame upon, your humble kit vendor, perhaps a less demanding hobby should be on your horizon.
A subscription is billed for its first shipment immediately upon creation of the subscription.
Future monthly shipments are billed on the first of the month.
Each member's subscription management portal includes a menu item for "Delivery Schedule" listing the billing dates for each monthly shipment. Please note that the shipment schedule shows billing dates, not shipping dates. The HackerBox associated with each billing date will ship near the end of that month.
This billing process is completely automated. Aside from modification made by the member through their subscription management portal, no manual intervention is required or possible.
default, the first renewal of a new subscription is not scheduled for the first of
month immediately following the start of the new subscription. The first
renewal is scheduled for the following month. For example,
subscription is started on January 5th, the subscription will be billed
for its first
shipment on January 5th. Its second billing (first renewal) will be scheduled for March
(not February 1st). This is part of what is referred to as First Month
Synchronization. The answer below for "When will a new subscription
start shipping?" explains more about this as does the answer for "What is First Month Synchronization?"
Each member's subscription management portal includes a menu item for "Delivery Schedule" listing the billing dates for each monthly shipment. This portal allows any of these monthly billing dates to be skipped. There is also an option to cancel the subscription entirely. Please note that skipping or canceling can only impact future subscription renewals. Skipping or canceling does not undo or refund past renewals - even ones that have not yet shipped.
It is extremely safe. Charge processing for HackerBoxes is handled through Stripe. Stripe processes billions of dollars of payments every year for companies of all sizes around the world from startups to huge public corporations.
If your subscription has already renewed for the next month, you can cancel now and you will still receive that next box. Canceling only stops future renewals. Canceling does not undo or refund past renewals. Special requests to refund a renewal that has recently occurred must be submitted via email. Such requests will generally be accommodated without question as long as the request is made at least 72 hours before the associated box ships.
A new HackerBox is shipped to all established members around the end of each month. The subscription boxes are shipped out all at once as one enormous bulk batch. Notification emails with tracking numbers are generated whenever a box ships.
The simple answer is that the first shipment for a new subscription is processed as soon as possible.
Practically speaking, this might mean three completely different things. If the current HackerBox is still available, one will be shipped to a new member within a week. If the current HackerBox is not still available, but there are enough HackerBoxes in the new batch shipping at the end of current month, one of those will be shipped to the new member as part of the batch shipping at the end of the month. In the unlikely event that neither of these conditions is true, the first shipment will be in the batch at the end of the following month.
These conditional allocations are completely automated. No manual intervention is required or possible.
Domestic (U.S.) subscriptions are shipped by First Class Mail and are usually delivered in 2-5 business days. International shipments typical originate as International First Class Mail and transition to a carrier in the destination country. International delivery usually takes about 6-12 business days but may be delayed by customs or other administrative events beyond our control. You will receive a notification email with a tracking number when your box ships out.
Generally, the first box of a new (or reactivated) subscription will be the most recent, or current, HackerBox. Allocation of the first box to a new subscription is completely automated. There is no selection process for surprise subscription boxes. No manual intervention is required or possible. After the first month of a subscription, the shipped box will be from the bulk batch and will be the same box received by all other established subscribers that month.
From the answer to "When will a new subscription start shipping?" it can be seen that the first shipment of a subscription might not occur until the second month in some cases. Also, the second billing will generally not occur until after at least one full month. These conditions usually cause what is refered to as First Month Synchronization. It is a function of subscription initiation timing, inventory, and the process to quickly synchronize all subscriptions into a single bulk cohort. Please trust that First Month Synchronization is completely automated and that subscription shipments will lock into a rhythm by the end of the second month.
Definitely! There are many international HackerBox subscribers around the world. While domestic (U.S.) shipping is free, there is a shipping surcharge of USD 9 per box to Canada and USD 15 per box anywhere else. This surcharge is applied automatically when a subscription is generated. The surcharges closely reflect additional shipping costs. Subscribers are responsible for any additional fees, tariffs, VAT, or other taxes.