Lighter USB Flash Drive




About: A Northern Ireland based maker with a propensity to cause trouble and freshly constructed family.

a fun half hour project that give a pleasing result.

you'll need:

An empty lighter (I used bic mini as I had a thumbdrive for this)

A large nail (brute force is needed at times)

A saw (hacksaw's good)

a dremel or sanding block etc (smoothing edges)

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Step 1: Knock the Ends Off

First take your saw and cut just on the line of the join between the body and the whit end cap, one this is cut off you may need pliers to pull bits of it out. Once the bottoms off you need a screwdriver or anything slim but strong enough the shove into the cavity and break the plastic bits of the inside off (creates more room)

After this pry off the metal part of the top and you'll see that the flint wheel is held between 2 plastic legs, push these apart to pop the wheel off and expose the flint tube, a spring and little stone like cylinder should have fallen out. Now take your nail and slide it all the way into the tube. Hit the nail with a hard blunt object, a hammer's good but not necessary. Shake out all the plastic that's now broken off.

Step 2: Insert the Usb Part

You'll need to take you drives cover off and then use half of it as the circuit holder (called recycling, not to mention common sense) now using a knife whittle away parts of the end of your holder while intermittently checking how well it fits, it should be quit tight and not easy to pull out, however it should fit int all the all until circuit are covered completely.

I used a 2GB datatraveller

I know it's a quick and dirty case mod but it looks cool and should take 15 mins to half an hour.

Make sure your lighter is empty as there is no way I'm claiming liability for someone that dumb...

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    81 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i made one just like it then i put an icon on the drive so when i connect it to the computer it comes up like this


    11 years ago on Introduction

    My School Wont Allow Flash Drives, They Saw Mine And Said No No No Im Taking It Mine Now, Could Contain A Virus NOPE! But My Tech Teacher Said Its Ok In His Class :P

    9 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The high school I went to had a similar policy, though, the teachers let you get away with it, but if the principal or vice principals caught lost your drive for the day...


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Lucky! I'm allowed to have a flash drive, but there are no games allowed in my school. NO VIDEO GAMES PERIOD.

    Oh well nothing, start a digital revolution, burn their notepads and melt their markers, force them to carry seven flash drives or face lynching, put smartboards everywhere, refuse to write anything on paper...

    woah. crazy. although i think i did see a create a virus to shut down your school's system instructable a while back. still crazy though. i'm too cheap to print at home... so i save stuff to my drive and print at school. i pay them enough money, gosh.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    wow i did the EXACT same thing just yesterday. SAME EXACT lighter just different usb.
    they look idenrtical

    jo jo

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I feel so poor I don't even Have a screwdriver in my house and I don't Have the money to buy one

    5 replies
    cry_wolfjo jo

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    The dollar store is your friend bud. Trust me, all my tools are from there. I have a hammer, screwdrivers, etc that i all purchased for a dollar each and they get the job done just fine. God bless. :)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    or try the flea market, you can get good quality tools for a dollar there as well, got some good punches and cold chisels for $1 each

    JettyMaejo jo

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    you could always use a butter knife instead of a screwdriver. A butter knife is a poor mans screw driver. ~Ashley