hopefully not as kludged as some of the existing, though i also love hot melt glue :)
i always loved the idea of having a sturdy usb-drive fitting pleasantly into the
watch-pocket of my jeans.
so - why not taking apart my old zippo? i love the design, but i hate it
being out of gas when i need it...
Step 1: Remove All the Stuff You Don't Need
Step 2: Remove Flint Holder
with the top surface. it should come out easily then.
Step 3: Open the Deck for Your USB Connector
not too close, and don't hit the rivet of the wick hole. then use a file to make the both holes
(the one from the flint and the the one you made) to a big rectangular one. as big as needed for
the connector of your USB-drive to sit firmly.
drawfile as straight as possible. and keep the file dust, you will need it later!
Step 4: First Test
as possible. the lid of your zippo must not touch it while closing!
Step 5: This One Is for Your Drive
my USB drive had a little SMD LED on it's rear end, so i thought
of moving it to the top of the zippo.
since i had no LED that was small enough to fit through the rivet,
i had to file down a 5mm green standard LED. the look sucks,
but it still works :)
Step 6: Wrap It, Baby!
finally, use some shrink tubing to insulate the board of your drive and the open wires of the LED.
Step 7: The End of the Tunnel
Step 8: Finalizing
giving it an appropriate color.
carefully fill the holes around the USB connector.
wait until the epoxy is hard enough.
Step 9: ...and You're Done!
Step 10: What I Used
- standard Zippo
- USB-Drive "Platinum", 4GB
- dremel with cutting-disc
- several key files
- epoxy raisin
- lots of patience