Introduction: The MacGyver Flashlight

Picture of The MacGyver Flashlight

How to light a bulb with one wire and one battery.

Step 1: Obtain a Battery, an Electric Wire, and a Small Light Bulb

Picture of Obtain a Battery, an Electric Wire, and a Small Light Bulb

That's right. You only need one wire.

Step 2: Strip Both Ends of the Wire

Picture of Strip Both Ends of the Wire

Remove the insulation covering the metal portion of the wire with a knife or wire stripper to expose the ends of the wire about one cm long.

Step 3: Twist the Ends of the Wire

Picture of Twist the Ends of the Wire

The copper threads in the wire may flair out and make it hard to handle. Grasp the wire in one hand toward the end of the insulation, then twist the threads with your other hand to form a solid wire.

Step 4: Connect the Wire to the Battery

Picture of Connect the Wire to the Battery

Hold one end of the wire to one of the battery terminals.

Step 5: Connect the Bulb to the Wire

Picture of Connect the Bulb to the Wire

Hold the other end of the wire to the threads on the side of the metal portion of the bulb.

Step 6: Complete the Circuit

Picture of Complete the Circuit

Place the bottom tip of the bulb on the other terminal of the battery.

Comments

DoitUrSelfM7 (author)2016-10-22

Didn't work for me?

GQM12 (author)2016-10-20

why

Luvspink247 (author)2015-08-04

Is there a certain type of bulb you must use?

abigailocks (author)2012-01-27

we did this in school but with a diff battery and a diff way does it light up with one wire

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2009-04-14

or, you could just lean the bulb on both terminals.

knoxarama (author)2009-03-25

you know, you could just cut the wire in half.

liteoner (author)2009-03-23

If you red a book for kids about electronics, you know this... :S

poolshark162006 (author)2009-02-10

...i think that every ones knows how to make this circuit

lemonie (author)2009-02-10

No no no, this won't do - MacGyver would have used pine cones, insects, toothpaste, coinage or otherwise some things that you'd say of: "you cannot make a flashlight out of them?" A battery and a bulb would have been too easy for MacGyver (or the A-team for that matter) L

About This Instructable

140,007views

13favorites

License:

More by redbirds1:The MacGyver Flashlight
Add instructable to: