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!
Step 1: Materials
- Altoids "Smalls" Mints tin (I got mine at a drug store) Amazon, $23.39 in bulk for 12 packs
- 5MM LED Best Hong Kong, $0.40 each
- Push-button Switch Goldmine Elec, $1.50 for 3
- Hookup Wire Radioshack, $14.99 for 35ft
- 3V Coin Battery 1topstore, $1.55 for 10
- Soldering iron Radioshack, $8.99
- Solder Radioshack, $4.49 for 1oz.
- Electrical Tape Radioshack, $3.99 for 60ft
- Masking tape Choose, any type works
- Dremel tool with the drill bit or device to poke holes in metal
Step 2: Insulate the tin
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
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.