Introduction: Altoids Tin Mouse (with Fan)

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I was looking around at all the instructables for computer mice. i found a lot of altoids tin mice so i decided to make my own version of one. i believe this my own invention (to put a fan in an altoids tin mouse) because i havn't seen any other altoids mice with fans in them, but i know its the first one on this website :) ( i take no responsibility if you get hurt or mess up your computer mice or anything else)

Step 1: Materials

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usb computer mouse

altoids tin

small cpu fan

small switch


duct tape

safety glasses (not shown)


dremel (not shown)


hot glue gun

soldering iron

tin snips (not shown)

Step 2: Open the Mouse

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Unscrew the screws in the case and remove the circuit board.

Step 3: Solder

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Find the section where the usb cord connects to the circuit board, then use a multimeter to find the + and - points where there is 5v. now solder the negative wire from the fan to the negative point on the circuit board and solder another wire to the positive point. solder the other end of the positive wire to the switch and then solder the positive wire from the fan to the other point on the switch.

Step 4: The Case

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use a marker or something to mark where to cut. i used tin snips to cut the tabs for the top and for the wheel to fit. i also used them to make a slit in the front for the wire to come out. then i used a dremel to drill holes in the top for the fan to blow threw and on the side for the switch to fit. I also used the dremel to make a hole in the bottom for the led. finally i glued 2 pieces of plastic (you can use cardboard) so the circuit board will be slightly elevated from the base so the plastic part where the led is can fit inside the case. (make sure you use safety glasses when using the dremel)

Step 5: Assembly

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Now take some cardboard and fold it zig-zag (sorry i don't know the technical term for this). then put some duct tape around it to secure it. make 2 of these and glue each one on a tab on the inside of the mouse. (these help the tabs to reach the mouse buttons).

Step 6: Assembly Cont.

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Now put the circuit board in the mouse and hot glue it in place. (make sure the led section is alligned). now put in the switch and glue it in place. (make sure it can still move to both positions). finally put the fan on the inside of the lid and glue in place. (make sure it is blowing out of the case and not it)

Step 7: Final Touches

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I had to bend the led legs in opposite directions, you may also have to bend some case also didn't fit on right so i took the lid out of the hinges and just set it on top. then i hot glued in place. finally i put some duct tape on the bottom of the tin to help it glide better because i didn't take time to file the edges where the led goes. I hope you enjoyed this instructable. please rate and comment. thanks for viewing :)


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Holden_vy_s (author)2010-01-20

Whats the point of wrecking an ergonomic mouse to sick it into an uncomfortable tin?

macmccune (author)Holden_vy_s2010-01-21

ha aha

musick_08 (author)Holden_vy_s2010-01-20

well actually my first idea was going to put the fan in the actual mouse case but it wouldn't fit. since i didn't have a smaller fan, i decided to just go ahead and make an altoids tin mouse so it will fit.

lemonie (author)2010-01-20

What's the purpose of the fan - sweaty hand?


musick_08 (author)lemonie2010-01-20

yeah, i know a lot of friends who play games a lot online, so they ask me to build these mice for them

lemonie (author)musick_082010-01-20

Like the things you get at bowling-alleys? It's a new idea to me, so credit to you for realising it into a functional mouse.


musick_08 (author)lemonie2010-01-20

yeah, thanks

Jodex (author)2010-01-20

Well.. Your invention..? Not the first mouse with fan and this is just your invention to put it to an Altoids tin.. Well, anyway nice project!

musick_08 (author)Jodex2010-01-20

yeah thats what i meant, i'll change that.

but thanks

JakeTobak (author)2010-01-19

Doesn't look very comfortable, but still really cool. I like the idea.

musick_08 (author)JakeTobak2010-01-19

thanks, actually its a lot more comfortable than it looks

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