Salvage Button From OXO Light

The OXO Candela is somewhat prone to breaking, but that doesn't make it useless. In this tutorial, I will show you how to salvage the power button to be used in your future projects!

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Step 1: Take Apart the Pieces

The candle is composed of five major pieces:

  1. Main Cap
  2. Base
  3. LED & Cap
  4. Batteries
  5. POWER button with Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

To begin disassembling the candle, remove the visible screws from the base. After the screws are removed, turn the base in a screw-like motion from the main cap. There should then be a translucent cap on the base containing a LED and a set of batteries. To remove the LED cap, simply pinch the sides of the cap to separate it from the base.

Step 2:

Next, remove the remaining screws from the PCB. The PCB should then easily lift from the base along with the power button.

Step 3:

Using super scissors or a rotary tool, the PCB can be cut such that only the two leads (visible in the picture above) for the button are exposed, allowing the excess parts to be discarded. To use the button you simply need to attach (solder) wires to the positive and negative terminal leads on the PCB. Just note that the polarity of the button terminals is arbitrary.The button has now been salvaged and ready to be included in your future projects.

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    Handy! This button looks great, and I understand why you would want to salvage it. Thanks for the really detailed Instructable!