Curiously Strong, Clear Skies- Astronomy Altoids Tin Flashlight

Introduction: Curiously Strong, Clear Skies- Astronomy Altoids Tin Flashlight

What another Altoids flashlight? Yes, yes indeed.

I wanted to share some of the things I have made because of the Instructables community!

I made this flashlight for a star party I attended. I have made a few modifications, as this was my first rendition.

I used the “Make an Altoids Flashlight” instructable by Joshua Zimmerman 

Materials used:
- (2) Red 5mm Wide Angle LEDs (Radio Shack)
- (2) Chrome LED holders (Radio Shack)
- (2) 100 ohm Resistors
- (1) SPST Mini Toggle Switch
- (1) AA Battery Enclosure
- (1) Altoids Tin

-Soldering Iron
-Drill; 1/4” Drill Bit

The only thing that I changed in later modifications was to line the inside with electrical tape entirely. This helped the battery stay in place and helped keep those idle hands from opening the top of the box all the time.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this instructable looks identicle to Joshua Z's except you've used red leds instead of his white leds. This hardly qualifies as an Instructable in my eyes. More of a "I Made It".


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely, that feature was not available on the website when this instructable was created. That's what I gave Joshua Z. credit in the description, as I could not have "made it" with out him. I am guessing that the Instructables team realized that we needed a feature like "I made it" because creating a new instructable was the only way to show that and give cred to others.

    Beyond that the intent of this instructable was to bring attention to "red" flashlights that can be used for star parties (so you don't make the astronomers angry with your white light), while also promoting Joshua's amazing instructable. With that said, I have a few changes to make as these flashlights have expired and tweaks need to be made to make them better.