Shake It Like a Tic-Tac!

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Introduction: Shake It Like a Tic-Tac!

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Rechargeable led flashlight powered by magnets housed in the obligatory mints container.

Step 1: Parts

PARTS:

150 ft. 30 gauge enamel-coated magnet wire
4 1/8" rare earth magnets
4 rectifier diodes (IN4007 MIC)
Resistor (22 ohm)
White led
Switch
Some sort of small rechargeable batteries

Ballpoint pen
2 plastic washers or doodads
Tic-Tac container
Hot glue
Epoxy

Step 2: Make Magnet Tube:

This part could really be made from anything (i.e. stiff paper), I used the pen because the magnets just fit inside the tube.

Cut your tube a little smaller than the length of the Tic-Tac box. Find some washers or plugs to use as end caps, these could also be made out of paper. Mine were plastic gears with the teeth sanded off.

Stick all 4 magnets together and put them in the tube. Glue on your endcaps being careful not to get any glue on the magnets.

Step 3: Wind the Coil:

Cut a slot down one of the endcaps.

Leave 3" of wire hanging out of this slot and begin carefullly winding the coil. Winding this coil is probably the biggest pain in the ass of this project. I had many failures. There is a ton of information on the web about coil winding, but my best advice to you is go slow. The neater and tighter the wire is wrapped the more effective it will be.

When you get to the end of the coil tape your wire off and leave about 3" hanging off the end.

Step 4: Modify Top:

Remove label from the Tic-Tac container and take out the top.

Cut off about 1/4" of the bottom leaving 1/8" lip. Save the scrap.

Drill a hole big enough for the led to poke through.

Step 5: Make Mount for Switch:

Cut off enough of the scrap to make a plate for under the lid. Use little pieces of scrap to shim the plate so it is level.

Cut out a slot for your switch in the plate.

I used super glue to tack these pieces in place.

Step 6: Glue Switch in Place:

I just hot glued the switch to the plate. I also glued the led in place at this point, but it's not in the picture.

Step 7: Circuit:

This is the circuit:

Step 8: Solder It Together:

This is all free hand soldering, hopefully yours will turn out less messy than mine.

Step 9: Attach Top to Case:

Now just slide the top along with the circuit into the case. I think it helps to epoxy the top on, but you could probably just superglue it.

I ended up painting the inside of the case white for that crisp look, but I think I like it better clear.

Shake for 60 seconds and enjoy!

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Would a joule thief be helpful in conjunction with this circuit

As I was walking home from school, I thought of something like this, but used the motion of walking to generate electricity. The problem is, I want it to be small enough to fit and look decent on my shoe. I did a couple of test runs but i think maybe I didn't use enough coil. The magnet wire only covered about 1/4" high and 1/2" long. Is that enough to generate any current, or is that not the problem? I also tested with the voltimeter and got nothing... I am using 3mm by 1mm neodymium magnets in two stacks together.

A few people have mumbled about using a capacitor in this project rather than a battery, simply because it's easier to get. I was told by some guy at a battery store that something like a 1000 uf capacitor should be able to power an L.E.D. for a couple of minutes. I don't remember all my stuff about analog electronic and I'm too lazy to dig up my notes to do the math so I have two questions. First, would a capacitor (of 1000 uf or higher) be something worth trying in this circuit? And secondly, if it is worth trying, how should it be hooked up? I have a feeling that just hooking up the capacitor straight to the DC input and having the switch cause it to discharge wouldn't work (of course with the correct resistors to drop the voltage), but I don't really know.

I tested this theory, I used Jamicon WG105°C 16V 1000uF capacitor, 4,7k resistor and a red LED. Supplied 12 volts for a moment and it light it only for 10 seconds of useful and 30 seconds of visible light. I suggest try to use a 1F capacitor for this purposes, as the capacitor is only thing that doesn't need charging controller to operate many thousands charging cycles and doesn't get damaged from overcharging, left uncharged or deep discharging.

I am beginning this project today with a cap instead of the battery. I'll post how it goes. It should turn out to be similar, since a battery is in essence a capacitor.

How much amp you can make with this?

also will it work with a 100 uF compacitor instead of the rechargable battery?

The problem with capacitors is that their energy density is extremely low compared to batteries, so your light will only stay on for seconds instead of minutes after charging it.

ok thank you, I am all cleared now and I look forward to making this, bye

sorry about all the questions but also where did you get plastic washers that fit and/or what brand/type are they