Heat Shrink USB Mod

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Introduction: Heat Shrink USB Mod

About: One of my favorite hobbies is dismantling electronics, then either combining them together to create something new, or adding components to make them better. I also like gadgets, whether it's taking them apa...

Got some extra heat shrink tubing? Here is a quick and easy case mod for a USB stick! Yes, this is another USB case mod... But don't get upset, this one has never been done before! It's fairly straight forward to do, and pretty cool.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need the following for this project:


Tools:
  • Scissors - $2.00
  • Lighter - $2.00

Materials:
  • Large Heat Shrink Tubing (any color, I chose yellow) - $2.00
  • USB Stick - $20.00

Step 2: Remove the Previous USB Case

I don't have pictures for this step, so stick with me!


Different USB cases come off in different ways. With some you have to slide a thin piece of metal into the side, then pull the two pieces apart. With others you have to pry it open with a knife. So find a way that works for you. You can be as brutal as you want, because I will not be using the case for this project.

Step 3: Slide, Cut, Heat, Cut.

Now for the "Slide, Cut, Heat, Cut." stage.


1.Slide

Slide the large heat shrink tubing over the USB stick's components.

2.Cut

Cut the heat shrink tube about a half an inch from the back of the USB stick.

3.Heat

Heat up the shrink tubing with a lighter, the same way you normaly would with wires.

4.Cut

Cut the excess shrink tubing from the end. You should leave a few millimeters.

Step 4: Repeat (optional)

If you want, you can repeat step 3 as many times as you wish. I repeated it once, but put the tubing a little further back. See image.

Step 5: Done!

So there you go! A heat shrink USB mod!


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we are Dicore heat shrink tubing supplier, could supply this heat shrink for USB mod, just visit us at www.dicoretubing.com

So, what was the size of the heatshrink tubing? I know it says Large on the instructable, but when I look at sites like this: http://www.heatshrink.com/heat_shrink_tubing/b2_spl.asp -- it says to "choose a size". Should I just measure the USB stick across and go from there?

I like it!, but I would go for the clear heat shrink, so that you can see the inner workings.

You could just throw the drive on the ground, that usually works for me.

Pretty cool. I did the same thing to an old USB stick that the case broke on...still works to this day...and a lot smaller then the old case.

Where can I buy heat shrink tubing?

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Electronic store :D

I added a piece of acrylic plastic to make sure it was rigid and wouldnt snap in my pocket, kept it clear so i could see the micro LED light up

Great idea! And cool (mindraping :P) picture!

whoa.. i will try...since shrinksble tube is available at my workshop...

a way to improve it would be to fold a piece over the end before you shrink over it that way it is not exposed

very nice idea I like you're thinking, personally i use heat shrink tubing on everything, this is the kind of project I would like

Very nice image! Proffessional Quality! FREAKIN' AWSOME!! ( haha! ITS DANCING! HAHAHA)

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Can you please make an Instructable on that image? It's amazing :D

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yes i love your awesome image. and great instructable btw!