Introduction: Rechargeable LED Softbox
In this small project i want to do a low cost softbox as lighter as i can and i like to power it just with a portable battery charger (that you can use and re-use) in order to move it freely around it.
The things that i need in order to make it:
- 1 plastic container
- 16 LED lights
- 16 220 Ohms resistors
- Some wire to connect and soldering wire too
- 1 can of white paint in spray 1-PVC pipe (the most lighter you can get)
- 8 screws with their respective bolts
- 4 clips
- 1 small piece of thin wood
- Paper (to diffuse the light)
- 1 battery charger
Step 1: The Base
In the first part i will make a square hole at the bottom of the plastic container and cut a small piece of wood that can cover the entire hole and a little bit more.
I will put the wood into the final position and attach it with four screws and bolts.
After that i will drill trough the holes to install the LEDs.
Step 2: The Diffuser Holders
With two sections of the PVC pipe i will make the part that will serve as a sustain of the square of paper (...that will work as a diffuser for the lights). I will attach this at the middle of each pipe with a screw (holes are made with a drill) and that will go into the "ears" of the plastic container just to make it a little more flexible.
At the tip of each pipe i will install the metallic paper clips.
Step 3: Paint and Soldering
A paint job will ensure that the light doesn't escape trough the transparent plastic, i choose white but it could be silver, or even so you can cover with aluminium foil.
I start to solder the resistors to the negative leg of each LED.
The other leg (+) will complete the circuit.
I found a small plastic piece that i install at the bottom to make the connection with the tripod.
Step 4: Power Supply and Connection
The battery charger will go behind the circuit attached with two nylon stripes and the connection will be an USB cable that i cut.
At the end will look more or less like in the third photo.
Step 5: Conclussion and Self Criticism
And that's it, there you have my version of a low cost rechargeable softbox.
After use it a little bit i can tell that i could use a lighter plastic container, i could use some more LEDs and make the connection a more stable with some piece of wood or something.