Simple Cheap USB LED Light





Introduction: Simple Cheap USB LED Light

This is my first Instructable so I thought I'd start with something simple.

For this project you will need:

1 - Male USB plug (got mine from a $1.50 Wii Intercooler)
1 - 22 ohm resistor (red-red-black) thats all I had, dunno if its perfect
1 - LED
Soldering/Desoldering Iron
Hot glue (optional)

Sorry about the bad pics

If you do anything wrong and screw up your computer, burn your finger etc etc...I'm not responsible!
It's a very easy project, but things could go wrong,

Step 1: Extract the USB Plug

Open the Intercooler (or other sacrifice) and locate the male USB plug...not to hard. Next desolder the USB plug from the board. I pulled out the middle 2 tabs because those are for data.

Step 2: Marriage

We gather here today to celebrate the joining of Mr. USB and Miss LED....umm err whatever

First, solder the ground on the LED to the ground on the USB plug.
Now solder one end of the resistor to the +5 volt plug (power) of the USB port, solder the other end to the positive lead of the LED.

Step 3: Test and Finish

Now plug it into your computer to see if it works. If it does, move on; if it doesn't, go back and try again.

If you want, you can put hot glue around the connections to secure them. I did because my stuff always breaks.

That's it! Go light up a computer!



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    Great Project! I made it longer and flexible so it could come on my keyboard.

    I didn't use the resistor and it worked fine... Is that bad?

    why in the world would they make an intocooler for wii? it barley gets warm

    actually it makes the discs HOT

    being a pro wii player.. and also gamecube (cooling system is just as efficient) and not liking to save and turn off while i sleep/work/do projects i noticed after about a week my gamecube got warm and the game got retardedly hot (i've yet to do this with my wii because i love it so much <3) which leads me to believe the wii can do the same thing . of course this is just me putting two and two together to try to come up with the most logical answer to your question so dont hold me to it

    i am using a 10 Ohm resistor and it WAS going for 5 housrs until it started to smoke and burn out...... oops!