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you like zippos right ?
but you don't smoke ?
so why have one ?
to mount a USB thumb drive in it of course!!
 
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Step 1: Get the parts

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you need some parts and tools
parts:
1 a zippo (you must make sure it is absolutely empty of fuel and vapor)
2 a usb thumb drive /flash cart
3 glue
4 things i cant remember

tools:
1 hacksaw
2 drill with drill bits
3 files
optional : (will make it much easier)
4 dremel with grinding bits

Step 2: Lets get into it

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OK this is the easy part
prep the zippo for the usb drive
ok disassemble the zippo take the fluff out along with the spring thing that holds the flint

now put the zippo in your vice and cut the wheel part of the zippo off with the hack saw
and begin cleaning the cuts with your files or your dremel do a nice job with filing the metal down.

and for the love of hacking please be safe if you don't wear approved personal safety equipment (including safety glasses) while doing this you are a fool. I am not responsible for anything you do whether you set fire to yourself while grinding the metal (yes i have done this) or your pc, laptop, house, cat, girlfriend explodes as a result of making or using this. If you are stupid and kill yourself or any one else i DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT

Step 3: Drill out the flint holder

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OK this is the not so easy part
Grab your drill and bits and find a bit the right size to drill out the flint holder
once you have done this you should have a nice clean hole.

Step 4: Make that hole.

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ok now we got to make that hole bigger to fit the usb plug it to it.
now start another hole as close to the spring thing as you can because we want to still be able to click it as if it was real but still plug it in a computer so drill that hole out and and start fileing that hole in to the shape we want (the shape of a male usb plug)
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X222 years ago
I am not sure I understand the motivation for all of these USB flash drive projects. Everyone knows you can put a USB flash drive into anything, right? Heck, you can probably implant one into your arm. Why do people insist of making countless instructables with [X]+[USB flash drive]. Let me go to a random word generator online right now. OK, first viable word was "Vase". There you go. A new "amazing" instructable. A Vase USB flash drive! Be impressed. Or not.
CaseBoy4 years ago
very cool, but instead of killing your zippo, remove the innards(with out destroying them)grease the bottom inside of the zippo, fill the zippo with hot glue, insert flash drive. so then you can swap between your flash drive and lighter
nice zippo
Hey, I made this and it was pretty cool- but the problem was, the lid of the lighter got in the way, and would not fit in all but one of the computers I tried it on- I'd recomend making it removable.
get a short usb extension cable to use it. Lots of them floating around. I got one with some drive that is like 6 inches long. Perfect if the lighter won't go in the usb ports. Also, if you don't want the metal of the lid hitting and scratching your computer. Also, leaves the lighter out so it can be seen. What is the purpose of this mod if people can't see it????
Heh- just a note- by 'it' I meant the actual usb drive.
SNACKS4 years ago
I like it cool Idea
Splicer025 years ago
Just thought I'd mention that I live in Australia and found a lighter, the same as a zippo, for $5.50. Not sure if there are any someware else. Dont suppose there are Browse 'n' Saves in America or whatever?
Johenix5 years ago
Two points: A few years ago ZIPPO made a mini flashlight in a ZIPPO lighter case.

Why not go the full mile and make a circuit board that would hold, oh say, a terrabyte of flash drive chips that could hide in a ZIPPO case? 

Oh yes, why not position the USB plug so the lighter case cover goes UP when it is pluged into a computer? 
spaghetti-o5 years ago
hey why dont you just pull the whole thing out of the zipppo but u now gotta think of a way to keep it in without moving
wtserg6 years ago
hello I made one using a female micro usb, I just plug my camera cable into and then into the computer the larger lighter has a 16 gb flash drive and the smaller lighter has a micro card reader with a 16 gb transflash card wtserg
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acesk8erboi7 years ago
i m desperate for a zippo im only 12 but im a serious pyro!!!! so fun lighting tihngs on fire!!!! i have a sucky ronson comet i bought at a dollar store but i need money to get a zippo!!!! begging my friends for money
buy a cheap "zippo" at spencers they not filled so they can sell it to you they're only $8
dont get them at spencers there not real zippos and they are crap i broke like 5 of them before i bought 1 at walmart for $10
so its for damn usb case so it doesn't matter
ya but its the hinge that goes
So your saying that your going to be doing serious usbing? And your hinge is gonna break from that
no they break from bing in my pocket thats why i don't buy knockoffs
me 2, but my parents dont even like me playing with teh stove, =[when i grow up, you better bet im buying zippos, bics, and all that jazz! lol]
haha im not trusted wit the stove either...probably cuz my parents know that things in my presance have a slight tendancy to burn...to a crisp...'specially wit fire...
we don't have a stove! xD but MY parents trust me. (after motnhs of convincing) that i could get a zippo from ebay. and thats just what i did. THEN bought 2 from deal extreme. :D:D:D:D:D
Zippo's are kind of overrated. Plus this is instructables. Why not try making one from a BIC or similar lighter?
cool! it is so hard to find stuff, i feel your pain. most kids on youtube and here are spoiled and they could probly get anything i no this 1 kid who was rich, and killed himself using radioactive stuff he got from a place. so hard for us well meaning kids to get things
iPodGuy6 years ago
Nice. I have a bunch of old zippos.
cornflaker6 years ago
Hey this is sweet, I'm so going to make one :D
Its a pity DX takes so long to deliver though... Speaking of which here is a better link you could use http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.809~search.oil
(this one only shows the "oil" lighters - you couldn't really do this with any of the butane ones...)
I have a good idea, (when my stuff finally arrives of course lol) I'm going to stick a micro SDHC card reader in mine instead of a flashdrive so I can easily upgrade it.
I'm going to use a 8GB class 6 micro SD and one of these two awesome lighters:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.838
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6255
(hopefully people don't think I'm a stoner when they see pull out that second one lol)

Another cool feature of these USB Zippo's is that you can very easily change the cases and swap them around with your Zippos that still work. Handy.
it is worth every penny.

the second one, that is.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb134/hellstudios/SL730235.jpg

and here is my cat, who is laying ontop of my 3 zippos. (one is real. :D)

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb134/hellstudios/SL730207.jpg

yes, my cat is pregnant.
Haha I can see my comment in the background Oh and I ended up getting both of those "zippos" and they're both awesome (although the silver one actually does have a better feel to it which kinda makes up for the whole making you look like a stoner thing lol) Nice cat btw ;)
COOL! But...... zippos are like 24.99 (mine was) anyway to obtain when your 14 lol (i went to bank, got a visa gift card and used that to buy my own stuff online! i am smart :-) )
DEALEXTREME.COM
so yo just buy the gift card and go about it like a normal credit card? i wasnt sure how to do it
ok now they sell them at normal stores ;-)!!!!! woot!!! ok, go to Rite Aid, and go to ushally where they have thos pay to go phone cards, and crap, their there. And umm its just like a visa card, but its got prepaid set limit cash, and yeah it workes EXACTLY like a normal credit card! like if you order somthing online, select Visa, and it works the same :-D! hope this helpz ya out. P.S. when you turn 16 i think you can legally work, and apply for a credit card (with parents accompany)
Um, I have a credit card, I'm 14. It's.... somewhere. :/
sweet, thnx man, im gunna go buy some bb guns now
i no its awesome :-D! like i bought so many torches-lighters, some airsoft guns, zippo, chemicals (me pyro lol), etc :-)!
nice, i cant wait, i also finally found a good canadian online airgun supplier, its so great how they ask you for id in stores but online, ANYTHING GOES!
ya :-P, except tho when you buy chems, like high risk like potassium pergmate (somthing like that) the UPS guy asks for an 18 yo. to sign. in no dood, like this is a cool website to hit up if you lived in the US, http://www.directwholesaleproducts.com its located in indiana, witch is next 2 ohio (where i live), so i order something and its there next day or two, and there shipping is unbelevably cheap :-)
oh my god that site is amazing!! jesus christ i hope theyl ship that stuff across the border, that stuff is so cheap!! i am so buying some airsofts and knives! i owe u 2 now...
Dude that site is awsome... its like 6$ for 50 disposable lighters!!!
man, i no :-D they had way more lighters, but they got sold out. i bought so many diff ones!
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