This Instructable will show one how to build a LED flashlight without solder that will lay flat for under $10. The idea for this came from a need to have a flat flashlight that would not roll around when I was working on computers and wiring for my tech support business. Also, I needed something that could be inserted into narrow places, like behind furniture and inside computers. Since I could not find any flashlights that would be able to do these things, I decided to imitate the Free Software/Instructable Communities and build one to my specifications. For the construction of the circuit, many of ideas came from other LED flashlight Instructables on this site. A basic schematic is below.
Step 1: Assemble your parts and tools
Many of these parts can be found at Home Depot, Radio Shack and 99 Cents stores.
Parts from Home Depot:
1. One foot of Cat 5 cable (split for 20 gauge wire), Part #: 709489: 27 cents
2. Wood shims, Part #: 091-996-002-0000: $1.09
4. Electrical Tape, Part #: 0-775-78-03-777-6, 59 cents:
5. Light switch, Part #: 078-477-772-713: 64 cents
Parts from Radio Shack:
1. two - 5 mm high brightness white LED, Part #: 276-017: $1.99
2. AAA Battery Holder, Part #: 270-398: 99 cents
Part from Jack's 99 Cent Store, 32nd St. between 6th & 7th Ave, NYC:
1. 2 AAA Batteries: 99 cents
2. One 8.5x11 piece of paper: 1 cent
1. #2 Phillips head screwdriver
2. Wire cutter/stripper
Step 2: Connect the battery box to LED
1. Twist the red wire on the battery box around the positive (longer) terminal of the LED light.
2. Take a piece of 20 gauge wire and strip both ends, about 5 inches long.
3. Twist the 20 gauge wire with the stripped end of the black wire from the battery box.