How to Make a Portable Projector




Introduction: How to Make a Portable Projector

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this is how to make a portable Projector based on this website

In order to build this project, you will need:

  • Handheld TV with A/V in socket
  • Powerful "searchlight" style flashlight/torch (at least 1 million candle power)
  • About one square meter of 3.2 mm hardboard
  • About 5 meters of thin battening (the smaller and lighter the better)
  • CPU or PSU fan
  • 9V battery
  • Switch for fan
  • Handheld magnifying glass
  • Plenty of screws
  • Stong wood glue

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Step 1: Step 1

First take your handheld TV, and remove the casing.
Depending on the model, you may have to disconnect the speaker, antenna and controls in order to fully remove the case.

Step 2: Step2

Once inside, turn the TV over and find the backlight module.
After you have removed this, you should be able to see the back of the LCD panel. You should now be able to see through the transparent LCD panel (note the trees in the photo).

Step 3: Step3

Once the TV has been prepared, the next step is to start on the case for the projector. Use four lengths of batten as the main structure, with hardboard to provide solid sides.
Join the two halves into one solid frame.

Step 4: Step4

Add a box underneath to house the batteries and TV control circuitry (requirements will differ depending on the model of TV used). The sides of the frame can be added at this point in order to form an enclosed chamber which will prevent light escaping in unwanted directions.
Put the batteries unit and control circuitry in place.
Things can get a little hot with the powerful spotlight, so attach the cooling fan on the bottom of the unit (this will just about spin up with a 9V battery). Note the fan on/off switch just to the left of the fan. Next, solidly attach the prepared TV to the end of the encased chamber. Make sure you get it the correct way up and the right way around to ensure the proper orientation of the final projected image ! (remember that the lens you add later will invert and mirror the image)
Adding a handle will make the projector easier to carry and point around.

Step 5: Step5

Next prepare the lens, which is taken from a standard magnifying glass (of any reasonable diameter).
Take a square of hardboard and cut a circular hole a little smaller than the lens. Then place the lens in the hole.
Add another square, with a slightly bigger hole, to act as a spacer.
Add a final square, identical to the first to finish the hardboard sandwich. Then glue the three layers together with the lens in place.

Step 6: Step6

Add short pieces of battening to the lens sandwich and cut notches so that it will fit between the four pieces of batten protruding from the main casing. The lens unit should slide back and forth, but be held in place by some friction. This is the sophisticated focusing mechanism !
Then take your spotlight (the more powerful, the brighter the final image, but the more heat build up you will have to contend with)
Finally, attach the spotlight to the end of the encased cavity.

Step 7: Last Step

Attach the projector via an A/V cable to a laptop (which must obviously have a TV out socket), switch on the TV, switch on the fan and pull the trigger on the spotlight. Slide the lens unit until you get a sharp image. The photo to the left shows a video clip being projected from about two meters onto a wall - the projected image was about 30 cm in height

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    12 Discussions

    Daniel Deacon

    Im createing a projector soon i shall post the results and intructions i am allso useing my old casio lcd tv it is about 15 years old dunno if it even works!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I would love to see this modified to project ipod/psp videos. Well done


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     its been done in a way that u dont have to take them apart i forgot the linkto th instructable :S


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Cool. Totally trying this sometime, but it's actually spelled "Projector". Just so you know.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You're welcome. Spelling errors kind of bugg me.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    this is a totally awesome idea and I would love to do this asap. a couple questions though, how are the results in an actually be there kind of view, i know you have the photo but being there is always different from photos. also could you post a video maybe?