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Flash-Light Saber

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We are getting set to go camping and the kids love playing with their flashlights when we go.  They are also currently into Star Wars big time!  So I thought I would try and combine the two for the upcoming trip.  In order to get the project started, I set up some criteria that needed to be met.  The first was cost.  This needed to be a cheap project.  I bought the stuff for two light sabers at a dollar store for $3, so a buck and a half per saber met my first mark.  The second was durability.  My kids can break a toy faster then I can read the warrenty.  Our Camping trip will be three days, I am hoping they will last.  I will be bringing some back up flash lights, just in case...
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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I went to a Dollar Store to purchase a noodle and a couple of flashlights.  The rest of the stuff I had in the garage.  Here's what I used:

1 noodle from the Dollar Store - $1
2 small flashlights - $2
Black electric tape - free
Duct Tape - free
~4 feet of wire - free
Free as in I already had it...

Tools I used:

Soldering iron and solder
Wire snip / stripper
Hack saw
Exacto Knife
Tape measure
Marker
I know what you mean about kids breaking stuff, this is a great way to "Ruggedise" a lot of things.

One thing you MAY find is that the un supported foam noodle might tear., it might be worth slipping a piece of plastic pipe up the inside just to give it a little extra support.

I was going to ask you about the light transmissive properties of the noodle, but it looks like the light is in the far end of the noodle and it doesn't actually. Might make for a little disappointing LIGHT SABRE but it's a really cool flash light.

Well Done!
Keelhauler (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
Thanks Dream Dragon! We just returned from our camping trip, and the flashlights were a hit! And they survived!!

Great idea about the plastic pipe on the inside. If I make any more, I will definitely try it. Thanks for the tip!
Kiteman2 years ago
This is a great idea, but will the bulb and reflector survive combat?

I'd worry about them shattering and flying around young faces...
Keelhauler (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Hi Kiteman. I agree; I don't think this would survive combat. This was meant only as a flashlight. My kids love playing with flashlights while camping, and I simply wanted to "cool" it up a little...