Altoids Tin Electric Lighter

Introduction: Altoids Tin Electric Lighter

About: Hi, I'm Jacob. I collect most Military Surplus, and I dabble in electronics, pyrotechnics and development of breathing apparatuses.

The electrical lighter is an underappreciated invention, allowing heating without flame. Although a majority of these electrical lighters are great on their own, sometimes they are a bit hard to store in places they would be useful (such as your pocket) and are sometimes very dangerous as they have a risk of going off. Lucky for you, I have modified the original plans to build a more safe version of the electrical lighter that you can store in your pocket.

(Please take note that this is my first instructable)

Step 1: Gathering Parts

You will need the following items:

Soldering Iron
Nail and Hammer
Wire clippers

Altoids tin
Two AA Batteries
AA Battery holder
Thin Wire

Step 2: Prepping the Wire

First, you will need to prep your wire. If you're using a coated wire like me, you will need to scratch off the coating. When that's done, take your pencil and coil the wire around the tip of the pencil. Carefully take that off, making sure it maintains it's shape, we won't need that for a while.

Step 3: Prepping the Tin

Start by taking your altoids tin and poking two holes in with the nail and hammer. Make sure this is in the front, or whichever side you want the leads to be coming out of (which side you want to be able to ignite from)

Step 4: Creating the Circut

In this step, you're going to need to build the circut. Start by placing your battery pack within the altoids tin. To make this easier, tape it in place. Take your wire clippers and snip down the wire from the battery pack. Take your switch and solder the leads onto the part of the clipped wire that is still connected to the battery pack. Now solder the clipped off wire to the second lead of the switch. Run both wires of the battery pack through the holes in the tin. This should look like the image above.

Step 5: Solder It Up and We're Finished!

Now that the circut is built, you're going to need to solder the leads to ensure an electrical current. Start by taking the stub of the battery holder wire and solder that onto one of the switch leads. Take the other switch lead and solder that to the piece of the wire we cut off earlier from the battery pack wire. Now solder each end of the wire coil onto both of the two wires protruding from the tin. We're done!

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Since this is your firs let me tell you a secret, do more step-bu-step assume people know nothing about your project


    6 years ago

    Thank you, for helping me accomplish this!!!


    6 years ago

    Yay, my very first project that I planned on making and actually did it I made mine a little different though, I used a project box and plan on putting a switch and a button in for safety and a low power LED in so I can know if I need batteries.


    6 years ago

    Just normal wire that came with the battery holder is what I used.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Exactly what type of wire did you use? Normal jumper wire or resistance wire?