Altoids Led Keychain Light Super Mini

Introduction: Altoids Led Keychain Light Super Mini

About: I just like to make stuff.

This is my first Instructable and I had a few of these tiny Altoid breath strip tins laying around and after seeing some of the extremely cool things  on this site, I decide to give it a go and try to make somthing cool. Hope you like it.
electrical solder, Flux, Soldering Iron, wire Strippers and Cutters, Small flathead Screwdriver, Drill.
Super Bright LED
2 small lengths of wire
1 or 2 button cell batterys
Small momentary switch

Step 1: Popping the Top

Gently use a small flathead screwdriver and pry and slide the top off. You will have to do this on both sides for the lid to slide off.

Step 2: Drilling Our Holes

Drill a hole on the top left or right your choice this hole will be for the switch.
Center your drill on the body and drill a hole for you led to fit into as seen in photo 3. and use a vise or clamp dont attempt to use you hand as a vise!
clean off the burrs so you get hurt safety first!

Step 3: Building the Circuit

Here I soldered a wire to positive side of 1 battery
then did the same on the negitive side of battery 2, I used 2 batterys because they were both old and they were handy to use without a store trip for a new one.
Then tape the batterys together. I used perferated tape so i could use thin strips to reduce bulk.
Now solder the positive lead of the batter to one side of the switch.( there are 4 terminals on the these switchs you have to connect them diagonally ) then cut off remaining 2 terminals
Solder the switch to the positive side of the LED, Then solder the negitive side thus completeing the circuit

Step 4: Installing the Circuit and Cover

Hotglue the LED in the body wait for glue to cool fully  then insert battery and switch make it fit! get angry with it if you have to.
The switch is sitting freely in place on a wire or glue if you so desire.slide the cover back on take care when putting the switch int he hole, it may take some poking to get it in right. and it is complete.
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did making it.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yup, sure did. No one could believe it wasn't my key chain. I had to remove it from the keychain. LOL. too funny. You sure did baffle em with this one.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    CAUTION! ::: This thing sets off every darn store exit (and entrance) So be careful!.