Pocket sized LED (Altoids) flashlight

Step 1: Supplies

You will need.

1 Altoids "smalls" tin
1 White LED (I used 3MM)
1 soldering gun/iron
1 ultra finepoint sharpie
1 small toggle switch
1 hotglue gun
1 dremel tool
2 Cr2032 watch batteries
and, Electrical tape, spare wire, and some needle files would be helpful.

Step 3: Make holes

Decide where you want the holes for your LED and your switch, since my LED was round I just drilled a hole the right size. But, my switch was rectangular so I drilled several (2) holes inside the small rectangle and filed the hole to size, if you want you can sand around the holes lightly just to make sure there are no sharp pieces of metal, go ahead and do it now. I'll wait... Done? Good. Continue on young one.

Step 6: Glue it in

Using your holtglue gun glue it all in place and glue it good!
if made right this will be extremly durable (Ive dropped min 5' onto hardwood floor and it worked fine)
owen278 months ago
Sorry I am a beginner. How exactly does one make the battery pack? Thanks!
Schmidty169 months ago
Can u use AAA batterys
oldanvilyoungsmith (author)  Schmidty169 months ago
You would need 6 AAA battery's to get the right voltage. They would work, but not fit.
Its called a joule theif
oldanvilyoungsmith (author)  Schmidty169 months ago
If ya got the answer, why ask?
I dont know lol :)
BigMac964 years ago
can you just use a 2-cell AA holder?
oldanvilyoungsmith (author)  BigMac964 years ago
you could, but 2 AAs won't fit in this tin, you would have to use a large tin.
ZanderArch4 years ago
Combine this with another Altoid Tin instructable and you could have a thing of beauty.
Berserk874 years ago
its a small light, huge for an led light. i dont think you can call it "ultra small".
i dont see ultrasmall anywhere.
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it was in the title, the author modified it.
omg y did i add that pic
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i did it again :S
oldanvilyoungsmith (author)  Berserk874 years ago
Duly noted
hominid4 years ago
Your methodology and presentation is really good.

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