Giveaway Week – Balena Fin Developer Kit

We’ve been organizing “giveaway weeks” every year since 2014 on CNX Software to send some of the review samples to our readers. Let’s do it again in 2019 starting with Balena Fin developer kit based on Raspberry Pi 3+ Computer Module (CM3+) with 8GB flash and a carrier board in order to get started with BalenaOS operating system and the company’s balenaCloud service.

balenaFin developer kit fully assembled
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Instead of a traditional review, we wrote a getting started guide for balenaFin Developer Kit, balenaOS and balenaCloud, where we explain how to flash the OS to the board, configure it, run a container, and manage the device, including container updates, from Balenacloud.

The winner will receive the full kit below with carrier board, Raspberry Pi CM3+ module, CR1225 battery, enclosure, power supply, and MicroUSB cable.

balenaFin, RPi Compute Module, Power Supply, Enclosure
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It will come already assembled as shown in the first photo.

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below. Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10 am (Bangkok time) every day.
  • Comments will be closed after 48 hours. If comments are open, the contest is still going on.
  • Winners will be selected with, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • $23 for registered airmail small packet for oversea shipping payable via PayPal within 48 hours once the contest (for a given product) is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) without registration if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 14th of November
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

Balena Fin development kit can be purchased on Balena store for $129 and up.

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149 Replies to “Giveaway Week – Balena Fin Developer Kit”

  1. Keen! I’d like to explore container-hosted user interfaces for industrial equipment.

  2. Small, but powerful and great device !
    will be for great help if somehow, I win..

  3. I thought of buying a compute module but baseboard was out of my budget. Can i have this…

  4. I never win anything anyway. so why am I even bothering?

    Please give it to one of the other entrants, they’re all so much more worthy than me.

    God I’m so depressed.

  5. I’ve had firstly knew about Balena (formerly known as as there was a time where Docker suddenly hype in the market. But after that I didn’t catch up anything new about Balena. The newest update I’ve heard, that their OS being the first to support Raspberry PI 4. Anyway, who are the current competitors to Balena? Did anyone know? And what are the real advantages of using their environment?

  6. Count me in.

    Thanks for doing the giveaways. I’ve always taken part but have never lucked in.

  7. I really want to play around with this kit. Maybe I could send my RPi 2 to retirement.

  8. Got to be in it to win it.

    Seriously, I’ve been after a reasonably priced CM3 “hosting” board for a while. The closest I’ve got is the Waveshare board

  9. I think carrier boards are the future. Would love to power this up. Thanks, Burtrum

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