Hi everyone , today I would like to show you how to make your own resistor to led tester ,
ok so how many time's doe's this happen to you ,
your working on a led project and you need to match the right resistor with the led
well you could say this happens a all the time right ,
yes now some of us know which to use with your led if your resistors are labeled ,
but if your like me and reuse parts you have to figure out which one is which ,
ok so you can go online and use the led resistor calculator stuff like that but I like the hands on approach ,
so here's how it work using some everyday parts I made a connector that all you have to do is pop in a led on one side and a resistor in the other , then your led will show up brighter or dimmer depending on the resistor ,
you use the brightness of the led to tell which is the resistor that you need ,
and also to tell you how much power you need to provide the led ,
so all in all pretty simple to use and I find it easier to ,
so let us get started .
Step 1: What You Need
OK before we get started were going to need couple of things .
6 volt portable lantern , you can find this in any dollar store , I used this for the battery box and as a frame ,
4 pin power connector , this I pulled out of an old pc , but you can find one online or in a parts store
toggle switch , I got mine from ebay , but radio shack sells them to ,
some wire ,
a small piece of cardboard .
electrical tape ,
glue gun ,
soldering gun ,
wire strippers ,
multi screwdriver ,
Note I'm not in anyway responsible for any injuries or damage that can or could take place ,
as always be careful around tools and heating elements , and be safe .
with that said lets get started ,
Step 2: Prepare the Lantern
OK so most of the lantern we will not be needing ,
so first we must gut the lantern keeping only the battery box and frame ,
ok so remove the top part of your lantern and take out the light bulb and the holder ,
next unscrew the bottom were the battery's go in and pull it all apart ,
then remove the old switch and its nob ,
now you should be left with only the battery box and the frame ,
on to the next step.
Step 3: Making a Connection
OK so its real simple put together ,
you can use the diagram above to make it easier ,
first to your connector and strip the two inside wires and connect them to each other ,
then take the other two red and the yellow and strip them as well ,
next solder the red wire to one of the leads on your toggle switch ,
then take the other lead on your toggle switch and solder it to the positive on the battery box ,
then take the yellow wire and solder it to the negative on your battery box ,
OK your now ready to move to the next step .
Step 4: Putting It Together
OK all most finished ,
now cover the exposed wires with a bit of electrical tape ,
next glue your connector to the top of your frame were your light bulb use to be ,
then take to small piece's of cardboard to secure and cover the holds beside it ,
now glue your toggle switch were the old one use to be making sure the lever is put throw the hole ,
next mark were the positive and negative is for your connector pins on the cardboard beside the connector to make it easier tell which is which ,
then screw the battery box back to the frame ,
on to the final step .
Step 5: Finished
All right were done now you have your very own resistor to led tester ,
its time to try it out ,
ok so put some battery's in and grab a led and a resistor ,
now plug in the led's positive on the connector were its mark positive and the the negative to the negative pin on the connector , then connect the resistor to the negative pins ,
flip the switch and see it glow ,
I hope you enjoyed this instructable ,
if you need any help about this project let me know and I'll be glade to answer your questions ,
Thank you for viewing .