Introduction: Altoids Flashlight/wallet

This is my first instructable so its not perfect. This is a very similiar but easy flash/wallet. Read all the way through first.

Step 1: What You Will Need

An Altoids tin with lid
a car gauge light (an led will work)
a switch
a drill (a dremel tool will work)
a resistor (opitonal)
thin cardboard like from a 12 pack of pop
duct tape (can be colored)
battery (make sure correct voltage)
leather of felt (optional)
hot glue gun
battery connector (optional)

Step 2: Decorate (optional)

I painted mine and made it like the green bay packers You could duct tape it with colored duct tape or put contact paper on it I know that my paint job isnt very good but i use ceramic paint because that is all i had next time i an going to spray paint it

Step 3: Wallet/coin Holder (optional)

For the wallet frist trim the cardboalrd to the size of the lid you will have to trimm it where the hinge is for it to close then tape it to the lid if you dont under stand look at the pictures they should explain it the coin place is optional and depends on the space you have when you put the battery if you have enough space take the cardboard and cut it to the size and height of the tin and spot where you can put coins and ect. then seperate it from the battery and wires then duct tape down or glue it down if you duct tape it tape it like the wallet then you can put leather or felt down where the coins are so they dont clang i didnt because i didnt have felt or leather.

Step 4: Holes

wiht the wallet part on top (if you put it there) you cant put the switch on top so youll have to put it on the side or bottom mark it with the sharpie and then make sure go from small size bits to bigger you can use a dremel tool i used a drill but be careful with the drill cause i had my brother drill it and the drill sliped and he kinda crunched the side but its fine now

Step 5: Wiring

You dont have to solder but i highly recomend that you sold because if you dont they could come of the switch easily

Step 6: Placement

place you wires and battery in the spot that you want it and then your done








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CrayfishYAY made it! (author)2014-02-02

This is 1 of the most useful instructables I've had.

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Schmidty16 (author)2012-06-28

dude u could make an half and half survival kit / flashlight tell me if u are going to try it

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Sadam and Osama (author)2007-08-27

this looks pretty easy! i still need an altoid's tin. i've seen them at some place at the mall, but it cost's like 4 dollars TT___TT

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Try discount stores (expired food stores) or the dollar store.

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i got mine for like 2 bucks and threw away the candy

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YOU THREW AWAY THE CANDY?!?!?!?!? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?!? YOUR SUPPOSED TO EAT IT, HOW DARE YOU WASTE ALTOIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ya u see the button on the keyboard that says Caps Lock try and click it btw cool off spaz

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lol, did you seriously not see that I was joking?

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sorry some kids at my school are obsessed in altoids they freak out about them it was kinda a force of habbit

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i ate most of them there were like only a few left

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oh well thats not quite as bad.

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portalturret2 (author)2010-12-20

im going to try to make it. but im thinking that ill make one without the wallet part. like a altoids tin flashlight, thats really bright. with a bigger light. but i like the wallet idea.

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dungeon runner (author)2009-07-14

There is a wonderful invention called punctuation.

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dreath77 (author)2009-06-17

stuff like this makes me wonder, what do ppl do in their lives? awesome

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struckbyanarrow (author)2008-04-11

wow i've never seen a girl that can solder, likes football, and electronics. wait do you like fire? archery?

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yeah i like electronics. i am gettin into archery now. i like to blow things up with fireworks so yeah i like FIRE.

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got a bow? i have a 45 pound made of hardened ash recurve longbow and a 20 pound aluminum compound bow

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i use my brother's but im not sure wat it is but i havent shot anything yet im still in the practice phase

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cool i do competitions at my local archery range, ages 11-15 ive gotten 3rd prize out of 13 people.

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p.s. im not into killing animals unless its like attacking me

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MacLean (author)struckbyanarrow2009-04-09

Ill show ya my bow later if you ask, it was my summer project that took 3 days (most to get the wood to sag), i made the bow out of sinew and its pretty accurate.

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struckbyanarrow (author)MacLean2009-04-10

sweet sound awesome my grandpa just gave me a longbow im not sure about the # but probably 20-30

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=SMART= (author)struckbyanarrow2008-05-03

lol nice

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struckbyanarrow (author)=SMART=2008-05-05

ya.....

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MacLean (author)2009-04-09

why no solder a bunch of scrap metal into a shrieken? That would be dangle show

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daltonjcw (author)2009-02-28

Definitely my favorite altoids wallet. Good details.

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Masteroffencing (author)2008-07-31

thank you brittany hansen

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scubalou (author)2008-06-19

Back in the old days (the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s), women were a very active part of the manufacture of electronic products using soldering irons. In high school, before transistors, I had to do a lot of soldering. When I left the military in 1971, I went back to college and found a job at an IBM plant making sub assemblies for their tape drives of the day. The work force had about 50% women and the detail soldering was almost all women. Don't be surprised that all people can do similar tasks easily.

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wongsta (author)2007-08-10

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divxnz (author)wongsta2008-05-01

Hey nice... check mine out...

eclipse torch

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x z i t (author)wongsta2007-11-01

dis is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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footballgirl004 (author)wongsta2007-08-10

thats pretty cool what kinda of a light did u use

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wongsta (author)footballgirl0042007-08-10

I used a very bright led which i happened to have for no reason... it has no brand or anything. I know it isn't as bright as a luxeon but its the same type (I think).

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footballgirl004 (author)wongsta2007-08-11

cool

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Pyromaster951 (author)2007-08-05

hey, i have the same soldering gun. lol

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I have the same one too, but I use a different one. That one I got at Sears Hardware and it blows.

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i have another one the hot cold but i couldnt find it so i just used that one

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I've hears the ColdHeat ones preform pretty well. How does yours work?

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mine is lame. it doesn't get hot enough with cheap batteries, and when you actually do get a battery that works, it runs it down too fast.

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Mine is nonexistent.

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that sucks. Best to just stick with the regular ones then.

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yeah. actually the cheap-o one radioshack sells is quite nice, regardless of how cheap it is.

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Hmm, what's the voltage, the one I use regularly is a 40V, the cheapo Sears one is 30V, what's the Radioshack? It should say it somewhere on the casing.

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I meant the regular gun. its 120v, wall outlet. I've taken them apart and the wires go straight to the nichrome wire - no circuitry to lower the voltage.

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A 120V soldering iron would melt its plastic casing, and be so hot that it's unbearable to hold. A good high-end soldering iron would max at about 60-70V.

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apparently your wrong, sorry. theres no circuitry between the nichrome wire and the power source (wall outlet)

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It seems I was mistaken, it's Watts, not volts.

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mines alright i just dont use it as much

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James (pseudo-geek) (author)2007-09-23

ok now that just pwns. I'm going to make one of these. I'll post pictures later.

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