Introduction: Make an Altoids Tin Portable Helping Hands (with Fume Extractor)
Hi there this is my first Instructable so i hope you will like it.
Few days ago i've decided to create this cool Altoid Tin Portable Helping Hands. I'm soldering a lot so i need helping hands but most of the time i'm doing just small stuff like soldering an LED or something like that and i don't like original helping hands that much. So i've decided to create something small, portable and useful.
Step 1: Gather Your Parts and Tools
Main Parts :
1 - Altoids tin can
1 - 12V Fan,best would be 4cm because we need to put him inside the Altoids tin
carbon filter [you need to fit him on the Fan]
4 - Aligator clips
1 - SMD White LED
1 - 560 Ohm rezistor
Wires [i've used wires from FTP cable because they're good for bending]
1 - Switch
1 - Micro 2 position Switch
1 - Connector to 12V [i've used 3,5mm mono jack connector]
Step 2: Preparing Altoids Tin Can
At first take your sharpie and and match where you want to cut can.
Hole need to be big enough for wires.
Remember you need 6 holes, 4 for Aligator clips and two for Fan this two holes shall be bigger than the other 4.
Step 3: Preparing Helping Hands and Fume Extractor
When you're done with holes create 4 helping hands as shown on the image
Then prepare Fan i've added some washers then Carbon fiter and then Fan cover and youre done.
Step 4: Insert Helping Hands and Fume Extractor Into Can
Here comes the tricky part you need to solder down helping hands and hands for fume extractor at first i were thinking about hot glue or something, but then i've decided to strip down insulation and solder them down, to do this you have to have really heated up soldering iron [you can also use some colophonium]. When youre done bend wires and try to put them inside the holes you made earlier. For hands for fan you should use double amount of wire because fan is heavier also solder them down.
Step 5: Add Fume Extractor
well there's a few ways how to do that i've used Hot Glue it should look like on the picture.
Step 6: LED Switches and Connector
Hook up Fan positive lead to Switch and from switch to positive lead on a connector and hook up negative lead of the Fan to negative lead on connector. for LED hook up SMD White LED directly to micro switch and positive lead from LED to postitive lead on connector and negative lead from LED to negative lead on connector. Then drill 2 holes to the can and assemble there connector and switch
Step 7: You're Finished
when you're done it should look like this if you have any problems with instructions
just comment to the video and i will answer you.
So this was my first instructable and i hope you'll like it !
2 years ago
Where did you use the resistor?
7 years ago on Introduction
Hi, I've added your project to the "Top 5 Best Solder Fume Extractors"
This is the link If you are interested:
Reply 7 years ago on Introduction
Thank you very much :)
9 years ago
How do u power the fan
10 years ago on Introduction
Hi I bought alligator clips here
you should be able to see prices and various versions and thanks :)
11 years ago on Introduction
Does everything fit in the box after its all attached?