Hot Glue USB Flash Drive

21,414

47

48

Introduction: Hot Glue USB Flash Drive

Take a Standard USB Flashdrive, and cover it in hot glue for a unique clear case.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Aquire a USB Flashdrive

You need to buy a flashdrive that is not retractable. These kind have move-able parts, and just make it harder. Any kind of any capacity will work. The final size is usually very close to the original.

Step 2: Remove the Casing

Remove the case by cracking it open, if necessary, breaking it. If there is visibly a crevice around the drive where it snaps shut, take a blade and put it in. Twist the blade and the case should open. If this does not work, or there is no crevice, insert a knife into the area surrounding the USB plug. However, there is a chance if it goes in to far, it could damage the drive. Try to put it in as little as possible. If there are any stickers on the circuit board, carefully remove them.

There are different colored circuit boards depending on the manufacturer. The most common colors of the circuit board are Red, Green, and Blue.

Step 3: Cover USB Drive in Hot Glue

Lay down Parchment Paper on your work surface. DO NOT use anything else. (This includes Aluminum Foil and Wax Paper.) Choose which side of the Circuit board looks better, and start with this side. Cover the drive with hot glue completely, but make sure you don't go to far over the USB connector. Feather the edges or make it completely square. Wait for it to dry. AT LEAST 10 minutes.

After the glue is dry, pick up the drive and turn it over. Take the hot glue and cover that side. Try to get it as close to the edges of the other layer as possible. If necessary, you can shave the edges with a razor blade to match them up. If you shave too much, the edges will look dull and flat. You can run the edges of the drive over the tip of the glue gun to melt them and make them shiny again. Note that this will add a slight lip to the edges.

Step 4: Plug It in and Load It Up

A nice benefit of the Hot Glue case is the entire thing lights up when plugged in. Load the drive with your documents and favorite portable Apps. http://portableapps.com/

Participated in the
Homemade Holidays: Holiday Gifts

1 Person Made This Project!

Recommendations

  • LED Strip Speed Challenge

    LED Strip Speed Challenge
  • Sculpting Challenge

    Sculpting Challenge
  • Clocks Contest

    Clocks Contest

48 Discussions

0
Doctor What
Doctor What

11 years ago on Introduction

This is amazing! I wonder, could I add color somehow? Green goo usb flash drive?

0
Hiroshi15
Hiroshi15

Reply 4 months ago

there is colored hot glue

0
whosdadog
whosdadog

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Possibly. I have tried food coloring, but it does not mix with the glue. It acts like water and oil. I suppose a type of paint might work, but it would be hard to melt the glue, then color it, and then cover the flashdrive. Maybe you could melt the glue in a pot and then dip the flashdrive in it multiple times.

0
explosivemaker
explosivemaker

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

....I forgot which instructable it was in, but in the project they used colored glue sticks......I thought that was pretty neat as I haven't seen them anywhere......they must add the color when they are melting the stuff down and cooking it.....

0
stephenniall
stephenniall

11 years ago on Introduction

Good instructable one problem i have spottted is on some flash drives the LED (Light Emitting Diode) Gets very hot and melts the glue

0
knektek
knektek

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

thats probably because the led is shorted out

0
stephenniall
stephenniall

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

its a posibility but i doubt it I used the led from a old torch i had So it was a ultra or super bright and got a bit warm .!

I scrapped the hot glue idea and i use epoxy now its alot stronger its water proof etc

0
Hiroshi15
Hiroshi15

Reply 4 months ago

Are you sure that it wasn't a vacuum tube!
:)

0
santy22
santy22

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Yeah... probably was a 3 volt torch aganist the 5 volts the usb gives it, needs a resistor.

0
Hiroshi15
Hiroshi15

Reply 4 months ago

Really?

0
Padlock
Padlock

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

LEDs don't get that hot (Infact they barely get warm.)... Unless there like the super bright 1W+ ones...

0
junits15
junits15

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

they can get very hot if they are overpowered

0
whosdadog
whosdadog

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

That is strange. I suppose they don't really have heat sinks, so it could be a possibility.

0
BRUL
BRUL

9 years ago on Introduction

I have exactly the same usb flash drive :)
I'm not sure I'll give it a try, it's kind of undoable XD

0
Hiroshi15
Hiroshi15

Reply 4 months ago

You could always cut and peel it off if you don't like it.

0
BRUL
BRUL

9 years ago on Step 3

Why not using Aluminum Foil or Wax Paper?

0
dexdude97
dexdude97

Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

Hey! If you wanted, you could paint it what ever color you want!

0
Hiroshi15
Hiroshi15

Reply 4 months ago

But it supposed to be clear!

0
son of s8an
son of s8an

Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

Because the glue will stick to it

0
KwartzKitten
KwartzKitten

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

You may need several layers for a cheap craft glue, though. Know this from experience.