9V Lantern





Introduction: 9V Lantern

About: I like to tinker with just about anything, sometimes it works out in the end. Have fun looking at the projects, try tearing something open and let me know how it goes. cheers, -Joe

I had two goals with this, one don't solder and two make it like post over on gizmodo showing a 9V Lantern.

I had recieved a few emails about making things without soldering, I guess to some thats intimidating. So here I skipped that complicated soldering process...

Step 1: Parts

9v battery
flashlight bulb
bulb mount
film canister
9v battery snap connector
hot glue

Step 2: Wiring

So wire your light bulb mount up, I just stripped the ends of the wire and twisted them around the posts. Remember I am trying not to solder here...

Step 3: Glue

put some hot glue on the bottom of the bulb base/socket/thingamajig and glue it to the bottom of the film canister.

Step 4: Cut Out

cut out the inner ring of the film canister lid, this should be big enough to fit the top of the battery in snugly.

Step 5: Put It Together

So drop the top on, run the 9v battery snap connector through and bask in the glory of the lantern like ambiance.



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    for the 9v snap connecter i use old 9v batteries. if you have never noticed, 2 9v batteries can be linked together and they can overheat (and catch fire?). if you CAREFULLY take apart a dead 9v you can harvest the top piece and use it instead of buying them. dont hurt yourself tho.

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    You can also link together an infinite number of 9volts and make a super battery and take over the world!

    Yeah i linked about 20 9V(some half dead some more than half)And i reached 60 volts! WOW I put it to a tiny 5V motor(like those from cheap fans) and put it there and it spun like superfast!(it smelt bad though,for some reason)


    i linked 7 rechargeable 9v batteries and got 63v.

    Aha, Mine where half dead, if not completely dead...


    why not use a Christmas tree bulb? should be at least 4v though.

    my precious flashlight bulb burned out as soon as i connected it to the 9v battery

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    too bad ill use it as a bullet know

    wow,this is actually useful since mom won't tell me where the soldering iron iron is (even though i'm way better at soldering than her).

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    My mom hid it from me too, but it was because I left it on all night....

    wouldnt be good if you have a baby and 2 cats running around

    i love your stand how long did it take to make it.

    Just a heads up. Astroblade -- You're using a lightbulb from a standard (2 AAA - 2D cell) flashlight, aren't you? :-) Try grabbing a bulb from the camping department meant to work with 9volts, not a normal 3 volt variety. Or, in the name of hacking, open your case, remove 2/3rds of the cells, if they look like AAAA batteries, just cut 4 loose with scissors, poke a hole, and rewire to the terminal. Slip the bottom cover back on and fix with some superglue.

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    my batterie had this green cassing alkali butt it was filled with something that made my skin burn

    i have like 7 bikes in my garage that i can use...................... p.s. how do u gety a picture by ure name

    where o you get all of those cassettes and chainrings? And I thought I amassed a lot of these thing :P

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    I worked in shops all through college and then I am a pack rat when it comes to bike parts! Waste not want not... -Joe

    Just stop by a bike shop and you can walk away with at least a dozen sprockets. Did that for an art project last year.

    How long does a battery last with that "current" setup? (no pun intended)

    Hey if you don't want those bike gears can we work out a trade or something?