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Super Awesome Altoids MINI Flashlight

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Don't you just hate it when the power goes out, and you have to lug that huge flashlight around your house. No worries my friends, you can make a flashlight that fits right in your pocket!

Lets get started!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Here is what you will need:

Step 2: Insulate the tin

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This step is extremely important. If any parts of your project comes in contact with the metal tin, the electrical aspect of the project will short out.

Use some electrical tape to insulate your tin. Just tape some on the bottom, sides, and wherever you feel that the components may be vulnerable to the metal tin.

Step 3: Drill your top hole

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This hole is for your switch. On your tin, you can choose either side you want your switch to be on. I drilled my hole in the little circular groove that has a picture of the mint in it. I felt that it conformed to the finger well.

Or you can choose the other side.

Take your Dremel or hole cutting tool, and carefully make a hole. With this preliminary hole, take your switch and keep checking to see if it fits. You do not want to make it too big. So take your time, there is no rush.

If you do not own a Dremel, you can use a pocket knife, or a tool to poke a hole. THe spin it around to grind out the hole. But make sure you test to make sure you do not make the hole too big.
How long does this last?
Except you can no longer get this type of tin...

If you want to do an Altoids smalls you'll have to follow these directions.

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raykholo5 years ago
i just bought a bunch of stuff from the goldmine-elec.com site i saw it came up in a couple of instructables and the prices are great -- radio shack is too expensive and cool idea with everything...
yup. electronic goldmine a s amazing prices in bulk (and sometimes individually). radioshack's items are waaay to expensive. i guess that's what you pay for convenience....
i cant believe im actually saying this but radioshack does have some good stuff. like not components but tools. And if my soldering iron breaks or somethin like that... its easier to have bought it from radioshack than online in some cases (again convenience). i also found out that they have this wire that i want to use for making vias in pcbs, and no other place had it, so they are ok i guess... Im also getting started with pcbs right now (as u might have just figured out :) ), so allelectronics and digikey look like they will be coming into the picture... they look pretty good so far. but yeah if all you do is like the more simple electronics stuff (me in the past) then goldmine definitely rules.
yup! goldmine rules for simple stuff!!!! radioshack's things are way too expensive (components at least). their prices or tools and tools themselves aren't bad though
yeah that and that radioshack has virtually no variety or specialty stuff. Its all generic, basic, and expensive. some people look at that as a good thing, dont ask me how
awang85 years ago
If you make the LED hole too big, glue it in place with some (very) think epoxy.
jimbo333 awang84 years ago
hot glue could work good too.
poop113465 years ago
What is hookup wire... can i use pos and neg from a usb cord?
Brennn10 (author)  poop113465 years ago
You can use the positive and negative USB cord, but you match up the negative end of the cord with the negative side of the battery. And vice versa with the positive side.
can I use speaker wire cuz it's easier than cutting USB cablz
also do u have to solder.. or is there another way.. i can solder if there is no other .way .....thank u
Brennn10 (author)  poop113465 years ago
Well you can attach the wires to the battery with tape or hot glue. Solder doesn't work the best on batteries. And on the LED and switch, you can wrap the wires around the leads instead of using solder.
THX
Brennn10 (author)  poop113465 years ago
If you have any other questions let me know. I would be glad to assist.
Clayton H.5 years ago
or you can replace the blue light with a red light to "preserve your night vision"
I might combine this instructable with one of the survival tin instructables
Brennn10 (author)  waverider8945 years ago
Sounds like a great idea!
w00t! I can finally make this because a sugar-free store just opened in town and the have smalls and the gum too. Yay!
Red495 years ago
where did u get the pushbutton switch that u used can u give me a link to the website that u got it from. I bought 1 and it was to big for the altoids smalls tin so im making it with a reg altoids tin
You can get them at radioshack, but you can also get them in hundred packs off eBay quite cheap.
could u give me a link
They are called SMT or tactile switches.

This is for some 6mm by 6mm, which might be too big.

These are smaller and better documented, but a bit harder to obtain. Here's the datasheet.

If these don't work, try a Google search.
thanx
You're welcome.
MeisNubby5 years ago
You know what would be kind of cool, is if you did as Elflord said for a laser!! xD Use the switch you have for the LED. I know laser diodes are harder to come by, and harder to wire.. and need more voltage... But the guy who created computers (PCs I mean ** xD) did it, and they all thought he was crazy. Just an idea.
Oh my bad, nice Instructable too. I'm new to all this so.. cut me about 4 inches slack.. Joined yesterday..
OH and favorited my bad.. Sorry XD
Brennn10 (author)  MeisNubby5 years ago
Haha thanks! Your idea is awesome!
I try. Mmm. I'm trying this sorta... BUT in a flashdrive. Thumbdrive. The case.. I'll post pictures and maybe even an Instructable... Ooooo {*Thinks* "EVERYONE CLAP"} Mmm. Also a funny idea is put Mini 2mm LEDs (only require .5 voltage into paintballs.. Only hard thing would be actually PUTTING them in.. You could just tape them on one side and play in the dark. It'd be like "OH CRAP" Pitch black. Except for a blue LED. Might hurt, but that's what masks are for.
Oh... Just get a DVD Burner {16x} like KipKay, then an AixiZ module and wire em together. Then just drill a hole the size of the diode into the Altoids tin, and just tape down the module.. Then again, the tin probably isn't big enough. Oh and I'm wrong, a Commercial Laser Pointer uses about 4.5 volts.
XaiofDren5 years ago
This is awesome; it's simple to understand. You got favorited. :D
Brennn10 (author)  XaiofDren5 years ago
Thanks!
grundisimo5 years ago
I finally have a use for that gosh dang altoids tin on my dresser
Red495 years ago
GREAT INSTRUCTABLES DUDE JUST STARTED WORKING ON MINE i weill TELL YOU WHEN IM FINISHED
Brennn10 (author)  Red495 years ago
Great! Thanks! Tell me how it goes!
Red49 Brennn105 years ago
where did u get the pushbutton switch that u used can u give me a link to the website that u got it from. I bought 1 and it was to big for the altoids smalls tin so im making it with a reg altoids tin
Brennn10 (author)  Red495 years ago
Brennn10 (author)  Red495 years ago
I bought the switch at Radioshack, and I have yet to find an online seller selling the same switch.
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