Introduction: Dirt Cheap LEDs
In this video, I will show you how to extract LEDs out of toys from the dollar store. Some toys contain up to 5 LEDs. In this video, I show a light saber type of toy, but I once saw a mug which lit up the glass it sat on that had 6 blue LEDs in it. All of this for a dollar is worth it!
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Step 1: Find the Toy
First, you must find a toy from the dollar store that contains LEDs. Check every isle they are everywhere. If you want to get white, you can usually find them in the LED key chains by the electronics. The best thing about the key chains is that the LEDs usually still have their full leads attached.
Step 2: Open the Product
Open up the gadget and find the LEDs, there might also be some watch batteries or resistors.
Step 3: Desolder the LEDs
Now, simply heat up the solder connected to the LEDs, and pull gently. The LED should break free and you will be able to use them in other projects!
Step 4: The Final Product
When I was finished with this particular toy, I was left with 4 LEDs. I accidentally burn two of them, so I only have two to show but I had 2 reds, a green and a blue.