Picture of Altoids 27 LED Super Light (under $5)
I had made some Altoids flashlights for my kids and they loved them. However, I found them to be rather expensive to build after running to Radio Shack and buying all the parts. Then I figured out a way to make this "Super Light", with 27 LEDs, lenses over the LEDs, a 3 position push button switch, reflectors for the LEDs and I only had to purchase 2 things to do it. And the whole thing cost me less than $5 when you don't include the electrical tape, wire, hot glue, and solder (these are all things I keep on hand for making stuff anyways). Even the 3 LEDs in the front are brighter than the 4 led array in my original flashlights due to the built in reflector. Honestly, this was almost easier to build than the models I built before. And the biggest bonus is the fact that the cost was less than half and it's more functional.

(A friend borrowed my dremel and hasn't given it back so I was only able to do the pics up to the point of cutting the tin. As soon as I get it back, I'll finish adding picks to all the steps.)
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Step 1: Materials:

Picture of Materials:
1. Empty ALTOIDS tin (or similar mint tin) $1-2
2. 27 LED worklight / flashlight from Harbor Freight Tools (Item#67227) $3

Step 2: Tools and Supplies

  1. Phillips screwdriver
  2. Soldering iron and solder
  3. Hot glue gun and glue
  4. Approximately 24" of braided (not solid core) insulated wire
  5. Scissors
  6. 1 sheet of paper
  7. Pen or pencil
  8. Sharpie or other permanent marker
  9. Clear tape
  10. Wire strippers
  11. Wire cutters
  12. Dykes
  13. Tin snips
  14. Dremel or other rotary cutting tool
  15. Electrical tape
daniel.r.law5 months ago

So...you took apart a 27 LED light to build...a 27 LED light? Hmm...


bgj daniel.r.law5 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. I have that exact light from Harbour Freight. I am kind of thinking I can't make it better and it was only $3.00

discowhale5 months ago

I've got a number of those blue flashlights around the house. They have the hook AND a magnet on the back to hang on anything metallic. They're watertight too.

I'm not sure WHY you'd dismantle that, and put it in a tin.

photony8 months ago

how can I piggy-back 4 or 6 of these together to make a photo-light?

Malhecho1 year ago
reminds me alot of this flashlight officer Bennet has in Silent Hill