Introduction: How to Make a 9 Volt Led Flashlight

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this is my first succesful (barely) attempt at electronics and soldering, so most likely if you make this it will be ten times better.

Step 1: Materials

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for this you will need;

9 volt battery
1k resistor (brown black red)
2 leds
small switch


soldering iron
epoxy (i used hot glue)
metal saw

Step 2: Disassemble the Battery

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Pry the metal lip back from the bottom of the battery and straighten the edges as much as possible with pliers. Carefully pull out the plastic base and save. After that the innards should slip out without much trouble. Cut the negative lead going down the side and save the connector. Save the case
(yes i did copy this step from YAN9VUSBC, after all it starts the same)

Step 3: The Leds

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poke two holes in the bottom thing with a nail
stick the leds in the holes an hot glue them there
cross and solder the two positive led wires together and solder a wire to it
cross and solder the two negative led wires together and solder a wire to it

Step 4: Make the Circuit

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solder the former negative 9 volt snap to the middle pin of the switch (not directly, with a wire)
solder the resister directly to a side pin on the switch (dosn't matter which)
solder the resistor the positive led wire
solder the negative led wire to the formerly positive snap

Step 5: Prepare the 9 Volt Case

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I suppose you could sand the paint off (I didn't)
cut the case to about 3/4 in long (you will probably do better than me so you could cut it smaller)
make a rectangular hole in the side with a xacto knife

Step 6: Encase It

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put the circuit into the case leds first
stick the switch in the hole
fill the case with hot glue, or epoxy
put the snaps in
While the epoxy or hot glue starts to harden, cut 1/8" slots at each corner to help them fold over. When the epoxy has pretty much set up bend each edge over to close the case. Burnish or sand any sharp edges.

Step 7: Finished

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if yours looks as crappy as mine does, wrap it in duct tape


spanda5 (author)2012-09-20

so smarter, I can't make those thing , I just but a Solar Power 7 LED Flashlight Aluminum Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery instead, Well I should learn it carerfully so that I do it myself oneday!

twill2 (author)2012-09-20

so smarter, I can't make those thing , I just but a Solar Power 7 LED Flashlight Aluminum Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery instead, Well I should learn it carerfully so that I do it myself oneday!

twill2 (author)2012-09-20

so smarter, I can't make those thing , I just but a Solar Power 7 LED Flashlight Aluminum Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery instead, Well I should learn it carerfully so that I do it myself oneday!

aatat (author)2011-12-12

add some aluminium ronuded so the light will be more powerful

RICHLEES (author)2010-12-01

Please check

Sunway has realized it in a complete flashlight in 2006.

codongolev (author)2010-01-21

I'm making one with a 3x3 led matrix... 9 times brighter, and no resistors required (3volt leds, with 3 series of 3 wired in parallel).

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top view!

I'm using a pcb I got from radioshack for a different project that I didn't use. it's pretty easy to keep one resistor an led and a button in place, but a matrix is a little more difficult.

codongolev (author)codongolev2010-08-14

I finished it (a while ago, actually). I actually decided on a 3x4 matrix, bringing the total to 12 leds. I have some pictures. I hate how bad pictures of flashlights always come out, but believe me, this thing is bright. I use it all the time (last night I used it to light up a rope me and my brother were tying across the creek in our backyard).

tomonto (author)2007-01-13

i found it worked better witout a resistor. and i redneck soldered(lots of duct tape)

AlexTheGreat (author)tomonto2007-01-14

that might blow out the led

ARVash (author)AlexTheGreat2007-09-03

correction, that will blow out the led, given time.

codongolev (author)ARVash2010-01-21

and with most leds, that time is about .1 seconds.

bobank (author)2009-09-28

Man, do it again, but make photos that we can see, after watching this i want to optomologist but my eyes are Ok, so it look photos are blured, get some friend or somebody more familiar with camera to make it for you,. Good luck

fungus amungus (author)2006-09-04

Or you can pay someone $30 for a finished piece. Woo-hoo!

zootboy (author)fungus amungus2007-05-02

Yea, you could, but that's pretty steep.
LED - Radioshaque - $2
Button - Old electronics - Free
Resistor - Radioshaque - $5 for a multipack
Old dead 9V - Free

Total: < $10

warmario (author)zootboy2009-06-12

Making a 9 volt led flashlight? - Priceless

fungus amungus (author)zootboy2007-05-02

That was a sarcastic "woo-hoo!" It's ridiculous to pay $30 for $1 worth of parts.

Shoulda used a period instead of an exclamation point.

zootboy (author)fungus amungus2007-05-30

I know, but I like putting this info out. I made one and this is my price list.

schumill (author)fungus amungus2008-04-17

thanks,that must be some funny gadgets,for now i didn't succeed to get the stuff in this project and make it out,so i'd like to get one comparing with these LED flashlight.

thanks the sharing.

diyworkbench (author)2008-02-04

maybe you should lower the resistor.. i used two white LEDs and a 100 ohm resistor.. it works pretty well for me.

Firebert010 (author)2007-09-14

I've made something similar to this before, with a high-intensity LED that I soldered to a modified 9V casing with a 3V camera battery inside and a resistor. I used a similar type of switch that I had lying around.

sgt.paper (author)2007-07-09

i just wired me another one and it sucks its nott evan bright

ARVash (author)sgt.paper2007-09-03

Well of course it's not Evan Bright. That would be insane. From the looks at it though, it seems like it would be useful in emergencies.

sgt.paper (author)2007-07-07

hey i wired mine differnt and it works but my led like the negetive lead broke off so i have to go to radio shack heres how i wired it (ow i used one led) the postive lead on the led connectedto a half inch in legth of wire then the wire connectedto the resister the resister connected to the positive lesd on the batteiry then the negative lead on the battiery connected to a half of a half inch piece of wire to the swithch then the other length of wire conected to the swithch then conected to the negative termanil (much easier than theres)

n0ukf (author)2007-06-06

pictures in focus would make this instructable better.

tomonto (author)2007-01-15

too late

roughwire (author)2006-12-11

Ooooooh...... My first time discecting a nine volt! Intreaguing!

Brian Henderson (author)2006-09-05

Indeed it is brighter - but I wasn't going to give away my good 'n bright LEDs - those cost money!

i got mine in a pack of ten that cost $2.00

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