How to Make a 9 Volt Led Flashlight

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this is my first succesful (barely) attempt at electronics and soldering, so most likely if you make this it will be ten times better.

Step 1: Materials

for this you will need;

9 volt battery
1k resistor (brown black red)
2 leds
small switch

tools;

soldering iron
pliers
epoxy (i used hot glue)
metal saw

Step 2: Disassemble the Battery

Pry the metal lip back from the bottom of the battery and straighten the edges as much as possible with pliers. Carefully pull out the plastic base and save. After that the innards should slip out without much trouble. Cut the negative lead going down the side and save the connector. Save the case
(yes i did copy this step from YAN9VUSBC, after all it starts the same)

Step 3: The Leds

poke two holes in the bottom thing with a nail
stick the leds in the holes an hot glue them there
cross and solder the two positive led wires together and solder a wire to it
cross and solder the two negative led wires together and solder a wire to it

Step 4: Make the Circuit

solder the former negative 9 volt snap to the middle pin of the switch (not directly, with a wire)
solder the resister directly to a side pin on the switch (dosn't matter which)
solder the resistor the positive led wire
solder the negative led wire to the formerly positive snap

Step 5: Prepare the 9 Volt Case

I suppose you could sand the paint off (I didn't)
cut the case to about 3/4 in long (you will probably do better than me so you could cut it smaller)
make a rectangular hole in the side with a xacto knife

Step 6: Encase It

put the circuit into the case leds first
stick the switch in the hole
fill the case with hot glue, or epoxy
put the snaps in
While the epoxy or hot glue starts to harden, cut 1/8" slots at each corner to help them fold over. When the epoxy has pretty much set up bend each edge over to close the case. Burnish or sand any sharp edges.

Step 7: Finished

if yours looks as crappy as mine does, wrap it in duct tape

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    spanda5

    6 years ago on Introduction

    so smarter, I can't make those thing , I just but a Solar Power 7 LED Flashlight Aluminum Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery instead, Well I should learn it carerfully so that I do it myself oneday!

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    twill2

    6 years ago on Introduction

    so smarter, I can't make those thing , I just but a Solar Power 7 LED Flashlight Aluminum Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery instead, Well I should learn it carerfully so that I do it myself oneday!

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    twill2

    6 years ago on Introduction

    so smarter, I can't make those thing , I just but a Solar Power 7 LED Flashlight Aluminum Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery instead, Well I should learn it carerfully so that I do it myself oneday!

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    aatat

    7 years ago on Introduction

    add some aluminium ronuded so the light will be more powerful

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    RICHLEES

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Please check www.sunwayproducts.com

    Sunway has realized it in a complete flashlight in 2006.

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    codongolev

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm making one with a 3x3 led matrix... 9 times brighter, and no resistors required (3volt leds, with 3 series of 3 wired in parallel).

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    top view!

    I'm using a pcb I got from radioshack for a different project that I didn't use. it's pretty easy to keep one resistor an led and a button in place, but a matrix is a little more difficult.

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    codongolevcodongolev

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I finished it (a while ago, actually). I actually decided on a 3x4 matrix, bringing the total to 12 leds. I have some pictures. I hate how bad pictures of flashlights always come out, but believe me, this thing is bright. I use it all the time (last night I used it to light up a rope me and my brother were tying across the creek in our backyard).

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    tomonto

    12 years ago

    i found it worked better witout a resistor. and i redneck soldered(lots of duct tape)

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    bobank

    9 years ago on Step 7

    Man, do it again, but make photos that we can see, after watching this i want to optomologist but my eyes are Ok, so it look photos are blured, get some friend or somebody more familiar with camera to make it for you,. Good luck

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    zootboyfungus amungus

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yea, you could, but that's pretty steep.
    LED - Radioshaque - $2
    Button - Old electronics - Free
    Resistor - Radioshaque - $5 for a multipack
    Old dead 9V - Free


    Total: < $10

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    schumillfungus amungus

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks,that must be some funny gadgets,for now i didn't succeed to get the stuff in this project and make it out,so i'd like to get one comparing with these LED flashlight.

    thanks the sharing.

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    diyworkbench

    11 years ago on Introduction

    maybe you should lower the resistor.. i used two white LEDs and a 100 ohm resistor.. it works pretty well for me.