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USB Thumb Drive Zippo

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
 
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Step 1: Materials

You'll Need These 4 Things

Old zippo lighter destined for the trash
( if you just want to do this with a new one: http://www.dealextreme.com/)
usb Thumb Drive
Hot glue Gun
needle nose pliers
and:

Step 3: Mod the "zippo"

now it's time to mod the Zippo. Do what is pictured Below.
jhenry31 year ago
great mod! i built one to your specs but instead of using hot glue i used gripfill
i stuck a 32 gb stick in.
i have the same lighter and it sucks
michoi3 years ago
ha i have the same knife but with camo scales
a918bmxr4 years ago
did u just have to deface a real zippo why not an imitation. sad face :-( cool idea tho
 haha that is an immatation :P it costs about $3 USD off dealextreme.com with free shipping
o ok...
then its kay
XD
Doesn't the hinge keep you from putting the drive all the way into a computer?
steel384 years ago
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
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hellstudios (author)  steel384 years ago
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.
good idea. thanks for the tip, and dont worry about the late. theres no late fees. ha ha
hellstudios (author)  steel384 years ago
that joke was so lame it was awesome. Creating a paradox.
couldn't have picked a better lighter to "save", luv the decal _
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...
hellstudios (author)  sexpistolsrule6665 years ago
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
dhullazaran5 years ago
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)  dhullazaran5 years ago
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!
lemonie5 years ago
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)  lemonie5 years ago
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.
Ah, yes I actually have one of those, opens me up to some more ideas - thanks. L
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yeah.....dealextreme.com is mentioned in the instructable.
Flashflint5 years ago
You bought that from dealextreme :)
hellstudios (author)  Flashflint5 years ago
Indeed I did. :D but people have already done this. D:
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