Introduction: USB Thumb Drive Zippo Lighter Case Mod (Pocket-Sized Contest! VOTE FOR ME!)

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Tired of that boring looking USB thumb drive?
Spice it up with this Zippo Lighter Mod!

Step 1: Supplies!

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You'll need a few things to make this instructable happen.

Here's the list:
Hot Glue Gun + Glue
USB Thumb Drive
Old Zippo
Two strong magnets

Step 2: Taking Apart the Thumb Drive.

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Grab some pliers and snips and pull the thumb drive apart.
Instead of grabbing the metal USB circuit board, only pull and snip away at the plastic.
You will get a very small circuit board, and the remaining plastic casing.
You can throw away the old case, since we are building a new one! :D

Step 3: Taking Apart the Zippo.

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This part is easy.
Simply pull the fuel and ignition box out of the casing.
You can either save the fuel and ignition box, or throw it away.
All we need is the casing.

Step 4: Line It Up!

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Put the thumb drive circuit board into the Zippo casing.
You want it closer to the hinge so the top of the usb board does't block the casing from closing.

Step 5: Glue It Up!

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Start pouring hot glue at the base of the casing and wait for it to solidify a little.
This will help hold the circuit board in place for the rest of the gluing.
Then, pump glue into the casing until it almost reaches the top.

Step 6: Place the Magnets!

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Now, take two magnets and place them at the unhinged end of the lighter.
This will keep your thumb drive closed so dust doesn't get in it.
I used a old harddrive magnet, that i broke in half.

Step 7: Finished Product!

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After topping off the case with hot glue, your New Thumb Drive Case is DONE!
Now all you have to do is sit back, and admire!
P.S., Vote for me!


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monkey02 made it! (author)2016-05-31

this was nice project. I used spare 8GB memory stick and cheap lighter.

shadow wave rider (author)2011-08-02

get expandiple foam. put the flashdrive into the zippo and glue it only at the bottom. them put in some expandble fom. let it expand and cover the magnet in some. it will look a who lot neater. then you can squeeze a little super glue or epoxy into it to help it stay in.

dmnhunt3r (author)2009-04-05

wouldnt the magnet just wipe out the data? or is that something else

Grey_Wolfe (author)dmnhunt3r2010-05-23

Magnets have no effect on flash memory. This is why solid state is so great. :)

KevinSaw (author)dmnhunt3r2009-04-10

i think that's just hard drives. I haven't had a problem yet.

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-08-22

where do i get a zippo as a kid? 12 to be exact

you can get the zippo at any age. You have to be 18 to get the lighter fluid

i finally got myself a zippo at the local knife shop i get zippo fuel from some 10 year old in my town...

DEALEXTREME.COM Bought 2 from there. they rock. and are under $5!

mine was 16 at walgreens

bowmaster (author)hellstudios2009-03-26

Is there the zippo logo on the bottom? If not they are fake.

hellstudios (author)bowmaster2009-03-31

of coarse there fake, but thats beside the point, they're cheap, they have really vgood build quality and in most cases the flint they come with produce more spark than my real zippo. check my zippo ible, it has one I got from deal extreme. By the way, no matter what company makes them, that style of lighter is always been called a zippo, just like the bic lighters are always called bics, even if they're not bics.

on the outside of the box that came in the mail does it say Zippo or dealextreme or anything about the companies?

it says deal extreme but you can make it so they don't.

i went to my local poundshop or dollar store and got one they arent illegal to buy aslong as there empty

you cant its illegal but you can steal one but that all depends on where you live the min. age is 15 in fl.

I'm 13 and I've got 11 Zippo Lighters. Most stores will sell you some. Usually some skate stores. Good luck

wow lucky you?

Hey I'm in the same boat as you, I'm 14 and I'm looking for one as well. but the zippos are like 10, 20 sometimes 30 bucks. So get a zippo-esk lighter their like 5-7 bucks you can get them at almost any coninvience store. And by the way just give your parents the money to buy the thing.

my parents said no...

You will need to have a paypal account though (or know someone else) but the site even has free postage.

hellstudios (author)cornflaker2009-03-14


cornflaker (author)hellstudios2009-03-15

Yeah we get the point lol
And I have know about DX for AGES :P

did you tell them what it's for? I'm sure that if you tell them that there is not even a remote chance of making a flame. they'll say yes

Kaiven (author)colethegreat2009-03-14

No, not with my mom lol.

hellstudios (author)Kaiven2009-03-14

hellstudios (author)colethegreat2009-03-14 has some for under $5.

thrift stores, flee markets, garage sales, 5 finger discounts

ok thanks

mrjubjub (author)struckbyanarrow2008-10-14


struckbyanarrow (author)mrjubjub2008-10-15

i dont have a walgreens in town

KevinSaw (author)struckbyanarrow2008-08-22

I'm sure street vendors and mall vendors will sell it to you if you ask to not have fluid in it and that you need it for a project. just dont be sketchy.

flash memory doesnt wrie magnetically. thats disk drives. i made something similar to this at one point. 2 microSD cards rigged to a custom twin USB hub. i kept the flint and everything, and the wheel made the plug extend and retract. also downloaded portableapps and had a zippo skin applied to the startup menu.

sweeet_2012 (author)2009-08-06

won't the hot glue damage the thumb drive?

techdude54 (author)2009-06-03

depending on the size of the flash drive you could put a couple of them in (4 fits in mine nicely and its equals about 38 GB) and nice ible

Khaos11 (author)2008-05-02

how old do you have to be to buy a zippo and where can i get one cheers, Khaos11

anarchybs (author)Khaos112009-05-28

you have to be 15 to get it at spencers but they don't come w/ fluid

KevinSaw (author)Khaos112008-05-02

I'm sure you can get away with it, no matter what age you are, but the important thing is where you get it from. I went to China in 2004, and i picked mine up for $1.25. If you live near NYC, i'm sure you can go to Saint Marks Street or to China town, and pick one up for 20 bucks. If you go into a store or gas station, by law, they cant sell you a lighter unless you are 19. So if you are too young, try going for a black market/fake stuff area.

wetness34567 (author)2009-01-18

where do I get fuel????can they sell them at age 9????

anarchybs (author)wetness345672009-05-28

i don't know where you can get fuel, but you have to be 18 in fl. to get it

x10penny (author)2009-05-20

thats a lil dumb sorry but i had to say, i like the one thats like a butterfly knife tho!

iTinkers (author)2009-05-11

I really like this idea, but am not a huge fan of filling it up with glue... I'm trying to think of a good way to use the zippo metal insert to hold the drive. I'm thinking...cut/trim the area around the flint and fuse so the drive can protrude through there. the rest of the casing would cover the filler inside that is securing the drive in place ( could still use glue) That way you also save the hinge. may give it a more "authentic" look. I may try this soon as i find my old zippo

pastmaster (author)2009-04-19

why would you waste a zippo for a usb

bowmaster (author)2009-03-26

I would just mod the insert instead committing zippo-icide.

sexpistolsrule666 (author)2009-03-19

my finished product

hellstudios (author)2009-03-14

omg! damn! I had no idea about this when I made mine! D:

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