Introduction: USB Thumb Drive Zippo

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Don't throw away that old Thumb Drive / Zippo! Recycle them into something cool!

This instructable is going to show you how to:

Find a good Deal on "zippo" lighters
modify Them to Fit a "stripped" thumb Drive
and how to strip a thumb drive

Step 1: Materials

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You'll Need These 4 Things

Old zippo lighter destined for the trash
( if you just want to do this with a new one:
usb Thumb Drive
Hot glue Gun
needle nose pliers

Step 2: "strip" the Thumb Drive

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This should be Pretty Easy. Just don't force it too Much, it will snap the drive itself.

Step 3: Mod the "zippo"

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now it's time to mod the Zippo. Do what is pictured Below.

Step 4: Admire Your Work.

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I know I have. and I know I will be Saving a Perfectly Good "zippo" from a Landfill. (ok, PART of a zippo.)


jhenry3 (author)2012-04-27

great mod! i built one to your specs but instead of using hot glue i used gripfill
i stuck a 32 gb stick in.

RocketPenguin (author)2010-08-05

i have the same lighter and it sucks

michoi (author)2010-08-03

ha i have the same knife but with camo scales

a918bmxr (author)2009-06-17

did u just have to deface a real zippo why not an imitation. sad face :-( cool idea tho

cornflaker (author)a918bmxr2009-12-22

 haha that is an immatation :P it costs about $3 USD off with free shipping

a918bmxr (author)cornflaker2010-05-07

o ok...
then its kay

Habitare_In_Musica (author)2009-08-31

Doesn't the hinge keep you from putting the drive all the way into a computer?

steel38 (author)2009-06-26

awesome idea. only took about an hour to make. and the "click" is still there. thanks for the idea. and it works great without an extension usb cord

hellstudios (author)steel382009-07-06

Nice! But if i might make a suggestion: take an exacto knife and cut all that extra hot melt glue so it will look more neat. sorry for the late reply, i haven't been on this site in A LONG time.

steel38 (author)hellstudios2009-07-06

good idea. thanks for the tip, and dont worry about the late. theres no late fees. ha ha

hellstudios (author)steel382009-07-08

that joke was so lame it was awesome. Creating a paradox.

xx_kitsune_xx (author)2009-04-22

couldn't have picked a better lighter to "save", luv the decal _

sexpistolsrule666 (author)2009-03-19

man, i wish id seen this before i did another similar intructable that uses magnets to shut the zippo. i miss the clicking sound it used to make lol cool instructable tho...

thanks. and yes, I like the clicking sound aswell, that is why I gutted the insides and kept that hinge. be sure to vote for me in the contest this ible is in! kthnxbye. :D

dhullazaran (author)2009-03-19

gr8 thing man!! I wish to do that thing buy myself. Thanks for such a gr8 concept. will let you know once i am done with it.

hellstudios (author)dhullazaran2009-03-31

Awesome! be sure to take pictures! and vote for me in the contest this is entered in. :D ok you DON'T, but I would be happy if you did!

lemonie (author)2009-03-15

I don't use any computer that that would fit into - how does the lid-catch (Keep this) not get in the way for you? L

hellstudios (author)lemonie2009-03-15

I use a USB Extension cable. But yeah, It fits into My mother's Laptop. and (if I confoogle it in such a way) into my desktop without the cable.

lemonie (author)hellstudios2009-03-16

Ah, yes I actually have one of those, opens me up to some more ideas - thanks. L

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Flashflint (author)2009-03-15

You bought that from dealextreme :)

hellstudios (author)Flashflint2009-03-15

Indeed I did. :D but people have already done this. D:

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