Introduction: HighLighter Mod

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How to recycle a highlighter and put it to good use. First you will need a used highlighter and a led light and usb drive.

Step 1: Empty Out the Highlighter

First you want to get the used ink out of the highlighter and clean it out. Then you want to get a hacksaw blade and cut off the tip of the highlighter.

Step 2: Adding the Usb Drive

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You then want to cut about a little more then half an inch off the back part of the highlight and this is for the usb drive. You can then put tape around the usb drive and place it carefully in the back part saving the piece you cut off to later use as a cover. Yes of course you will have to most likely take the usb drive out of its shell so I suggest you use an older one that you don't really need.

Step 3: Add Led

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Once the tip is removed you can go ahead and add the led where the tip was. Make sure to keep it short enough for the cap to cover the whole tip of the led flashlight. If you can find one like the one shown the cap fits perfectly on it and with a little twist will turn it on.

Step 4: Make Sure It Works First

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You may want to test the led before you put the cap on it.

Step 5: Add Cap

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This is what it should look like when you add the cap and twist it on.

Step 6: Add Cover for Usb

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You can then add the piece you cut off back to protect the usb drive if you want to. I didn't have any clear tape on hand so I used some tape I found in a first aid. But you can probably come up with a more creative way of securing this maybe adding a sleeve to the inside around the usb drive.

Step 7: The Finished Product

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When your done your highlighter should still look like a normal highlighter but with some tape on it.

Step 8: Recycled Highlighter in Computer

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This is what it should look like on a computer.

Step 9: Bright Light for Reading

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You can now also use it for reading on that camping trip. Yeah recycle that old dried up highlighter.


killerjackalope (author)2007-12-17

I'm likin it feel like adding it to the flash drive mods group

Flash drive mods

I think it would make more sense to put the USB flashdrive at the other end because it already has a cap. Just my opinion...

saxophones (author)2008-12-01

I like it I'm going to try this, but without the LEDs

pyro man (author)2008-08-22

where did you find that led cuz thats all i need to complete this project (great instructable by the way)

fallenspirit123 (author)pyro man2008-09-05

hey pro man, you have a flash drive? I didnt know, well I need one so give it here!!

pyro man (author)fallenspirit1232008-09-06

but you don't need a flash drive for a coilgun jullian

pyro man (author)pyro man2008-10-02

lol I just realized u put pro man not pyro man

Naomi2969 (author)2008-08-04

Can't wait to make it for my friend who needs moments alone with her highlighters!!

Gage987 (author)2008-06-18

THE PERFECT nerd tool read a book then summarize it and store it safley

techwiz (author)2008-03-06

When its not plugged into the computer what powers it?

Rokko8652 (author)techwiz2008-06-09

The LED is a flashlight in it seperately, its just turned on and plugged in.

techwiz (author)Rokko86522008-06-09

Ok, Thanks!

Yerboogieman (author)2008-05-15

kind of pointless but really kool, 5 Stars, its unique, thats kool

ranger_steve (author)2008-03-10

sweet i like the idea

Gjdj3 (author)2008-03-01

Nice, this is great because it's so portable.

blogith (author)2007-12-18

Thanks, how do you ad it to the flash drive mods?

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-17

this is very cool! led light, and usb drive, amazing!

-_Knex gun maker_- (author)2007-12-17

very clever.......

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