Introduction: Lighter USB Flash Drive

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a fun half hour project that give a pleasing result.

you'll need:

An empty lighter (I used bic mini as I had a thumbdrive for this)

A large nail (brute force is needed at times)

A saw (hacksaw's good)

a dremel or sanding block etc (smoothing edges)

Step 1: Knock the Ends Off

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First take your saw and cut just on the line of the join between the body and the whit end cap, one this is cut off you may need pliers to pull bits of it out. Once the bottoms off you need a screwdriver or anything slim but strong enough the shove into the cavity and break the plastic bits of the inside off (creates more room)

After this pry off the metal part of the top and you'll see that the flint wheel is held between 2 plastic legs, push these apart to pop the wheel off and expose the flint tube, a spring and little stone like cylinder should have fallen out. Now take your nail and slide it all the way into the tube. Hit the nail with a hard blunt object, a hammer's good but not necessary. Shake out all the plastic that's now broken off.

Step 2: Insert the Usb Part

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You'll need to take you drives cover off and then use half of it as the circuit holder (called recycling, not to mention common sense) now using a knife whittle away parts of the end of your holder while intermittently checking how well it fits, it should be quit tight and not easy to pull out, however it should fit int all the all until circuit are covered completely.

I used a 2GB datatraveller

I know it's a quick and dirty case mod but it looks cool and should take 15 mins to half an hour.

Make sure your lighter is empty as there is no way I'm claiming liability for someone that dumb...


neozelandes (author)2011-08-27

just check my foto library

neozelandes (author)2011-08-27

i dont know how to add photo's to the comment

neozelandes (author)2011-08-27

i made one just like it then i put an icon on the drive so when i connect it to the computer it comes up like this

NeonLime (author)2008-03-13

My School Wont Allow Flash Drives, They Saw Mine And Said No No No Im Taking It Mine Now, Could Contain A Virus NOPE! But My Tech Teacher Said Its Ok In His Class :P

8bitRaven (author)NeonLime2010-10-14

Why do you capitalise the start of every word?

Hycro (author)NeonLime2010-08-12

The high school I went to had a similar policy, though, the teachers let you get away with it, but if the principal or vice principals caught lost your drive for the day...

killerjackalope (author)NeonLime2008-03-13

Thats just ridiculous...

You think thats ridiculous??? My school removed all the USB ports from the computers !!!!!!

Lol thats just taking the piss... Rebel...

NeonLime (author)killerjackalope2008-03-14

Agreed Lol. I Only Used It To Play Games :( (Im Allowed To Play Games :P) But Oh Well..

Xellers (author)NeonLime2008-03-21

Lucky! I'm allowed to have a flash drive, but there are no games allowed in my school. NO VIDEO GAMES PERIOD.

killerjackalope (author)NeonLime2008-03-14

Oh well nothing, start a digital revolution, burn their notepads and melt their markers, force them to carry seven flash drives or face lynching, put smartboards everywhere, refuse to write anything on paper...

woah. crazy. although i think i did see a create a virus to shut down your school's system instructable a while back. still crazy though. i'm too cheap to print at home... so i save stuff to my drive and print at school. i pay them enough money, gosh.

andrew.kunk (author)2009-12-08

wow i did the EXACT same thing just yesterday. SAME EXACT lighter just different usb.
they look idenrtical

jo jo (author)2008-08-15

I feel so poor I don't even Have a screwdriver in my house and I don't Have the money to buy one

cry_wolf (author)jo jo2008-09-14

The dollar store is your friend bud. Trust me, all my tools are from there. I have a hammer, screwdrivers, etc that i all purchased for a dollar each and they get the job done just fine. God bless. :)

AnarchistAsian (author)cry_wolf2008-11-05

yeah, dollar stores are so helpful in these dark times...

thoraxe (author)AnarchistAsian2009-06-10

or try the flea market, you can get good quality tools for a dollar there as well, got some good punches and cold chisels for $1 each

AnarchistAsian (author)thoraxe2009-06-12

yeah, too bad there aren't any near where i live...

JettyMae (author)jo jo2008-08-15

you could always use a butter knife instead of a screwdriver. A butter knife is a poor mans screw driver. ~Ashley

jo jo (author)JettyMae2008-08-17

thank you I'll probably use my brother's Zombie knife that he has in his computer case.

killerjackalope (author)jo jo2008-08-15

Know how you feel, lately been living on the edge of bankruptcy, it sucks, granted all the times we moved house over the years has left us with impessive tool kits... Find something to lower a cost if you really want something, a set of tools may cost $30 for the basic little things, not super quality but at least alright, maybe no pizza for a month or something, that's what I do, when times are bad I quit smoking to get what I want...

daniel.b (author)2009-04-06

does the flash drive come out the end

habrrr (author)2009-03-16

I made mine like this(sry for the bad pic)

AnarchistAsian (author)2008-11-05

oooohh, i've never seen this ible before, until that subscriiption thing... nice job

Redgerr (author)2008-07-16

well, i didnt know where to reply below... so ill do it here... hot glue is fine for hd's because they are often running at 115F. Heat is not a problem because they allways like heat, and too much cold is bad for them. im sorry to hear aobut your harddrive and i hope it works out again :) welp, have fun ~Redgerr BTW: Great instuctable :P

FixedHDD (author)2008-05-08

very good but i added something: you remember these bic lighters? theres is a smaller one an a larger one. i cut the larger one and make a cap out of this. So i can keep my usb thumb drive clean! and out of dust Greetz (sorry - i am german;-)

killerjackalope (author)FixedHDD2008-05-08

Thankyou Yeah, I got another lighter and added a cap aswell... Your english is good.

FixedHDD (author)killerjackalope2008-05-12

oh no! my USB drive crashed! I wanted to glue this in place because it was a bit loose. i had nothing but wooden glue! but i this this is better than hot glue i thought hot glue would destroy these chips because its hot. i glued and then i read the writings in the bottle: waterbased. oh dear.... but it doesn't matter.. i thought it could be broken after this. so i used a giveaway for this and i saved nothing important on this. And what do we learn? do not use waterbased glue, only use a stick where nothing important is saved, do not use your best USB drive,... Greetz.

powercamg4 (author)FixedHDD2008-07-07

i did that too

killerjackalope (author)FixedHDD2008-05-12

Woah that's a suprise, I've dropped them in pints by accident and they've been fine, the hot glue isn't hot enough to damage them by the way... That was a good idea, not using your best drive, I did but was lucky...

FixedHDD (author)killerjackalope2008-05-12

yeah? not too hot? that's really interesting.... so I will learn from that mistake and will use hot glue instead of waterbased glue in the future.. but what am i going to do with my f***ed up USB drive? i let the glue dry and try after a week again Greets Justus

killerjackalope (author)FixedHDD2008-05-12

yeah sometimes they survive and you can reformat them...

FixedHDD (author)killerjackalope2008-05-12

yeah of course. but I don't think this will work anymore. i plugged this already and found out that is not in a working condition. but the 5V from the USB port goes through that thing and killed it for sure....

killerjackalope (author)FixedHDD2008-05-12

Oh right, yeah I had one that went wrong and got really hot, melting itself...

FixedHDD (author)killerjackalope2008-05-13

that must be some fun! but I plugged this an nothing came. not even a sign "hardware detection failed" or so. the LED on my USB controller didn't light up. anyway....i will try this later. but then i will use hot glue!

punkatsub (author)FixedHDD2008-05-16

Mine has a black spot, and it still works

FixedHDD (author)punkatsub2008-07-01


it works! I put this thing away because i thougt it was dead.
anyway. i was bored so i decided to check i looked around and then i came here and i remember my broken USB-Drive. i think i will give it a try.

and it makes "ding dong" and that Drive was listed under my computer!

pretty nice that thing

bikerguy7 (author)2007-12-06

1 time accidentally brought a hammer on a plane omg lol

Tobita (author)bikerguy72008-02-14

i brought a 12 cm jackknife in the plane by accident in my carry-on, even worse i was going to Canada from Saudi Arabia O__O

struckbyanarrow (author)Tobita2008-06-25

my dad accidentally brought his prized locking blade limited addition swiss army knife onto a plane to las vegas! they never new he went there no problems

hmmm smooth one of the best ones had to be my jet lighter simply because gas lighters aren't allowed and this thing is completely made of metal (apart from some innards) and I got through the security metal detector with that, metal belt buckle ( big enough) loose change a trouser leg full of safety pins ( My clothes must with stand brutal abuse....) and boots with metal eyelets, my friend set it off for no apparent reason (he's ginger though) I believe the metal detectors are all hocus pocus designed to scare terrorists....

M F (author)2008-05-26

I made a fashionable beltclip style cigarette lighter into a holder for my usb thumbdrive. got tired of the chain around my neck. my first upload instructable

cvxdes (author)2007-12-12

damn, you can turn anything into a flash drive... I'll be the first to put a flash drive in a floppy disk.

munchman (author)2007-12-12

Now make one that lights when you plug it in! lol

thomasedisonjr (author)2007-11-04

It's a cool idea, Killer, but I suggest you run "spellcheck" on your instructions. They are filled with many many spelling errors. These distract from the instructable. Sorry. Thomas Edison Jr.

BOOM5601 (author)2007-10-05

this takes usb to a whole new level.

killerjackalope (author)BOOM56012007-10-05

I'm making a working one soon as the big lighter runs out lol

Darkshot (author)killerjackalope2007-10-26

HEY!!! was up jackalope i tryed this out by bringing it to school >:D teachers didnt give a sh*t it was so cool friends loved it :)

killerjackalope (author)Darkshot2007-10-27

yeah they don't really bother but this idea started to annoy a techer who is the biggest idiot in the world and for three days belived a glued a lighter to the usb port then eventually saw me taking the drive out and was like 'wow how did you do that and then went back to talking about his feet...'

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