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Photography and illustration by Peter Edwards

ADD VOLUME, JACK

image Plug in and turn up any sound-making battery toy.

By Peter Edwards

Many cheap, fun sonic and musical toys have built-in speakers and no output jack. This limits their volume, unless you constantly hold them up to a microphone. Here’s how to mod these devices so you can plug them in, adjust their volume, and rock out.

The simplest way to install an output jack is to remove the speaker and solder the jack in its place. But every time I do this I regret it, because then the toy no longer ...

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