Introduction: Cheap Pocket Sized IPhone/iPod Touch Stylus

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The first day I got my iPod Touch, I noticed that it would only respond to bare skin. I thought that was pretty cool, but soon after I wanted to be able to use a stylus. I found out that it takes something that generates energy to use the iPhone touch screen. You could just use tinfoil, becuase your energy travels through it to the device, but I didn't want to scratch the screen of my iPod touch. After some more research, I decided to create my own stylus. In this instructable, you will learn how to make a VERY CHEAP, VERY EFFECTIVE iPhone/iPod touch stylus.
(I beleive instructables user flyingpotato has made an iphone stylus, and i give him credit for that, but mine has a q-tip in it so it doesn't scratch the screen)

Step 1: Materials

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All you will need for this instructable is a q-tip,
a 2.5 x 7 inch peice of tinfoil, and a drop of water.

Step 2: Wrapping the Q-tip

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All you have to do is wrap the q-tip so that one fluffy end is sticking out (make sure the end sticking out is halfway wrapped in tinfoil). Then get the q-tip damp, but not so that it is dripping water. Now you can go try out your new stylus, becuase your dirt cheap iPhone stylus is complete.

Comments

Anon_123 (author)2014-01-20

Is there a substitute for tinfoil?

dasyad00 (author)2013-07-06

The best D.I.Y stylus I have found in ages!

rimar2000 (author)2013-06-14

EXCELLENT! Simple, almost free, fast, little and effective. This is the best touch stylus for me.

I HATE these capacitive touch screens, every time I have to write an SMS end saying many bad words, because my finger touches always the wrong letter. With this style I hit the letter I need.

Thanks for sharing this.

phreddd (author)2012-04-28

Spit actually works with this... who knew?

Todd Gehris (author)2012-04-07

Elegant solution. Works great. Going to use this until I find a soft conductive material I won't have to wet.

kylekosan23 (author)2011-12-29

very cool dude

jkolins (author)2010-04-12

what "erks" me is the terminology. Seems as though INSTRUCTABLE can get the NYT attention. I can't. TOUCH screen on the I-Pad or DROID phone is wrong!!!!! it is a capacity screen. If you are in a cold climite and want to access your gaget, you are screwed, without taking off your gloves. NOT SO with a GARMIN GPS unit...thank G--. The Garmin  is a true TOUCH SCREEN.
 CAN YOU GET THAT MESSAGE OUT TO THE WORLD???
thanks for listening,
Jerry

Glaceon (author)jkolins2011-06-14

Isn't it like the Nintendo DS, in the sense that it's pressure-sensitive? And you don't have to yell. We can all hear (well, SEE) you...

Caleb Nehrbass (author)Glaceon2011-10-23

No, it isn't the same. You can put ALL your fingers on the screen at the same time, and it still registers them. The DS, DS lite, DSi, and 3DS all use a different system. If you go to pictochat or something, then put 2 things on the screen, the line that is being drawn will be in the middle.

kdiehl (author)2011-07-31

This is great. I made one and it works well on my Tablet. I also used electrical tape to wrap around the parts that don't need to be touching your fingers. Makes it sturdy and look cool.

ggg shock (author)2011-07-31

well i have a styus but it might work take every thing out of a pen so u have the body of the pen the u stuff the tinfoil in the carcous of the penand some tin foil out side then tape it

ggg shock (author)2011-07-31

well i have a styus but it might work take every thing out of a pen so u have the body of the pen the u stuff the tinfoil in the carcous of the penand some tin foil out side then tape it

ggg shock (author)2011-07-31

working great abslutly love it do you have to wet every time you use it

wavemaster447 (author)2010-09-26

Worked like a charm! If you're interested in a colored stylus, candy wrappers or gum foil's work also.

wavemaster447 (author)2010-09-26

Worked like a charm! If you're interested in a colored stylus, candy wrappers or gum foil's work also.

michaelgohjs (author)2010-09-19

i tried it and it works but it dries kinda fast


here is my stylus
https://www.instructables.com/id/CHEAP-FAST-AND-STYLISH-IPAD-STYLUS-cost-me-0-aga/

it uses aluminum foil and an antenna as the core conductor
it works for laptop touchpads too

sarahju (author)2010-08-06

i tried it and it didn´t work :-(

goddessofchaos (author)2010-04-25

 Another 2¢ here after I tried the pencil.  It didn't work.  Then I realized your fingers have to be touching the foil so if you have the foil sticking out far enough that your fingers touch it it should be okay.

goddessofchaos (author)2010-04-25

This was great!  I wrapped a bit of copper foil tape (used for stained glass) and didn't even have to come all that close to the tip for it to work a treat.  Am now going to put the cotton  covering over the end of a mechanical pencil with a clip so I can hook it to the cord I put on my iTouch.  I like to read books on it and was afraid I might drop it on a plane if I fell asleep.  Instructables is the greatest!

poop11346 (author)2009-06-23

The screen of the iphone can not be scratched

akr34 (author)poop113462010-04-15

It's definitely scratch-able.

geekazoid (author)poop113462009-06-25

phf! D'u have an iphone? Unless the screens oof the ipod touch and the iphone are different (i have a touch) yes, they can be scratched. PS: then why would they even make screen protecters if it were unscratchable. PPS: good 'ible.

Dante-sama (author)geekazoid2010-02-21

 Making screen protectors means that they can get more money easily.. :P

instructors (author)poop113462009-06-24

Trust me in that the screen can be scratched. The screen is scratch RESISTANT and NOT scratch proof.

Atlas22 (author)2010-04-07

Trust me on the screen, it isn't scratch proof (sadly, i tested that...)

soupstreet (author)2010-03-13

It's not working ! What should i do ? :|

TricDoc (author)soupstreet2010-03-29

Mine works. wrap it to very nearly the edge, lick your finger and rub it onto  the end. 

nepheron (author)2009-07-18

This sounds pretty unusual, but i have been able to use jade with touch screens. The strange thing is, it only works if you hold certain axis... maybie jade is magical, huh?

Halotriple3 (author)2009-06-28

You should check out my other instructable, the Pocket Tacklebox.