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Tapping Out

It makes me sad to say that I must shut off the shopping cart and stop selling things on this site.  It’s been a while coming, but I have let it sit too long and can no longer invest the time to properly care for the store and customers.  I’m leaving the site up, but the cart will be disabled.  If you have any questions or are interested in discussing anything, please feel free to email me about it (below).  But for now – until next time…  Thank you.


Chester’s Garage opened in March of 2010 as a means to sell our first “Shield“, designed by Mark Chester for the Arduino platform.  It started with a bicycle generator and headlight project that brought to light the fact that high power LEDs are awesome and very useful, but can be difficult to work with for novice electronics folks.

I was introduced to Arduino shortly after starting the headlight project and immediately started thinking of projects that could be created with the Arduino platform.  Arduino is an excellent solution for controlling the output and temperature of the headlight LEDs.  But the challenges that followed got me thinking about the target user base of the Arduino platform and how I might be able to make using power LEDs easier for them.  And so the Power LED Shield was born.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

When you receive your order from Chester’s Garage, you may notice the packaging seems a little tattered, as if it has been used before.  Well it has.  But it was still useful, so rather than throw it away or recycle it, it was reused to ship your order.  I’ve made a conscious decision to reuse as much packaging as possible because I am very serious about the concept of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.  Any packaging I get from my vendors (or anywhere else) that is suitable will be used for shipping orders.  You may receive a box with old labels, zip-lock bags that are wrinkled or bubble wrap with a few popped bubbles, and that’s OK because it all still functions as intended and there’s no reason not to use it again.

How to Reach Us

Email me, of course! Send it to “mark at chesters garage dot com”.  I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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