You’ve claimed your Hackpack,
now claim the Particle Electron that drives it.

To claim your Particle Electron

  1. Check that your Electron is online. It will breathe cyan to indicate it’s online.
  2. Login/create a Particle account at Particle Web IDE.
  3. Click the Devices icon and then Add New Device.
  4. Enter your Electron’s Device ID. Your Device ID was texted to you when you claimed your Hackpack. See below for details.


Your device is now claimed to your Particle account.

To flash an Electron with new firmware

  1. Open the Hackpack app in the Particle Web IDE.
  2. Click Copy This App to fork the shared application in order to start editing the code. Image

    Troubleshooting Tips

    If your Hackpack stops responding to text commands, or if you’re not able to flash your Particle Electron with new code, try the following steps:

    1. Hit the RESET button on the Electron. This is the black button on the right side of the device, next to the MODE button
    2. If that doesn’t work, remove power from the device by unplugging the battery and re-plugging the device in.
  3. Make any changes you’d like to the firmware using the code editor. For example, you can edit the frames of the custom_animation_lut variable in the main ino file to display your own custom animation/image on your Hackpack.
  4. Check that your claimed Electron is selected from the Devices dropdown. A yellow star should appear next to the device name. Image
  5. Click the flash icon in the sidebar. Image

If the flash was successful, the LED on your hackpack will flash magenta.

Life After Signal

After SIGNAL wraps, you can keep hacking on your Hackpack and leverage it for your own customized needs. Your Particle Electron can also be used for a variety of applications aside from driving your Hackpack.

NOTE: Since the Particle Electron consumes cellular data, a subscription is required.

If you claimed your Electron during SIGNAL, go to and click Activate a SIM card only. If you haven’t claimed your Electron, click Setup an Electron w/ SIM Card. You’ll need your Electron’s ICCID, which you can find on the back of your Particle Electron’s SIM card.


Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the claim process.