Instructables Gone Wrong

This is what I like to call: Instructables Gone Wrong!WARNING!He does have a "rude" outburst at the beginning!

Posted by bdcoco 10 years ago


lighter fuel and heating element

So heres my problem ( wishing again somebody will come whit a solution )Im tryying to ignite a little cotton tissu sqaure , which have lighter fuel on it, whit a NiChrome wire....All what i got its some smoke but no flames .... (the smoke stops when i turn off the NiChrome wire)So do someone have a idea to light up a cotton tissu pad (whit lighter fuel on it) whitout using the flink tingythx MaximePS 1 : this is what i wanna do (ecxept not in a wallet)http://youtube.com/watch?v=2njiK1dsWQM

Posted by koax 10 years ago


Is burning enamel safe?

I know one of the easiest ways to rid the magnet wire of its enamel is by burning it with a butane-lighter. Does this release any toxic fumes, however? I work with magnet wire a lot, and am, quite frankly, tired of stripping it with an Xacto. I'd most likely be burning it outside, so it wouldn't be that bad, I suppose.

Posted by freethetech 7 years ago


Long reach lighter for fireworks.

Hi i been thinking about making a long reach firework lighter (or just an extented lighter) becuse i cannot reach the floor. I been thinking about some designs , it needs to be 1 meter long and wind resistant. Does anyone have an idea for making one? i have a few designs in mind but i wanna hear your suggestions :D Thanks!

Posted by Kong markus 5 years ago


Lighting candles on command?

I have an Arduino (not super relevant, I will buy a different controller if necessary) and am trying to design a very unique marriage proposal (hence my throwaway account name and lack of details). I want to know if it is possible to light candles on command using a microcontroller....Has anyone attempted this? The ignition source only needs to work once, and to be as inexpensive as possible so I can scale this up without killing my budget. Thanks for your help!

Posted by 65f76ghuyt6 7 years ago


(wanted) your zippo lighters

If you have any zippo lighters you dont want let me no

Posted by the iron engeneer 10 years ago


Lighter than aircraft

People should make ibles about lighter than air aircraft. Then we can go flying

Posted by ANDY! 8 years ago


Looking for Used Lighter

Looking for used disposable lighters, preferably bic, for an art project for class about sustainability. Any size will work. please let me know if you have some I will be happy to pay for shipping.Best,Spins

Posted by jspins123 5 weeks ago


Bic Lighter

Plz tell me how to mod this bic lighter so i dont have to use the silly little side child lock every time. (That square buuton on the side)P.S. Dont yell at me for smoking i just like burning stuff = ]

Posted by joelkemu 10 years ago


Please: How to remove the child-proofing from a candle (long nose) lighter?

Can someone please post instructions with pics on how to remove the child-proof annoyance on these lighters? Examples are the Handi Flame and Bic Multipurpose and Candle lighters. Thank you SO MUCH!

Posted by glamourd 1 year ago


you can make zippo wicks

Hey i just realised you can make zippo wicks just soak a ball of string(cotton) in salt water for a day then take it out to dry and leave it for a few days until dried then plat them and youre done!!!!

Posted by sharlston 8 years ago


knex fire ball shooter!!!(no joke!!!)

I know it sounds dubm bacause the fire would melt knex peaces but i had a idea. you make knex track for a lighter to travel on and at the end have a peace that set off the lighter but still let it travle out of the gun. you put a layer of paper at the ent of the gun and the lighter lights the paper and when the lighter leaves the gun it takes the paper with it make ing a fire ball!

Posted by dsman195276 10 years ago


Help me fix my lighter?

Hello all, I recently found this real old lighter in my basement, so I tried to light it, got some sparks, but the fuel was empty. So I put some fluid in, but had to take out the springy thing with the flint to put it in. Now, there are no sparks, no matter how hard I try to make them. Any suggestions?

Posted by Jackhole 10 years ago


Butane Lighter Hand Grenade

I planning to get this book,i mean, it's not like im going to make one, i'm just curious on how the heck it works. What do you think?http://www.campingsurvival.com/butlighangre.html

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 11 years ago


how could i do this?

I recently bought a mini butane torch. it has a refeulable cartridge, which is just a lighter with out the flint. it makes a mini blue torch flame. is there anyway i could make on with a regular lighter?

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


Computer fan powered by car cig lighter?

Ah, so I was doing an Instructable on taking a computer fan and powering via USB, but my fan was rated for 12v and my USB port doesn't put out that much power. But my parent's car puts out 12v, so I should be able to use my fan with it, right? I have the fan, I have a charger for a cell phone that fits into the cig lighter in the car, so it should just be a matter of connecting the wires, right? My fan is rated for .15A, how many amps does a standard cig lighter put out? I don't want to fry the fan (well, forget the fan, I don't wanna mess up the car). Anyone know? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


Electronics and Wiring for car lighter receptacle

Hello Everyone,      I hope there is someone who can really help me.  I LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE trying to figure out and/or repurposing electronic devices. However, I have no studies or text-book knowledge of resistors, etc.  So I am beckoning the help of you experts out there.      So I have this tiny laptop that is 12v 3amp, 36w.  Okay, so I know this may be a super stupid question, but I've got to ask it anyway.  If my lighter plug in my car is 12v 10amp, can i plug my little laptop into it safely?  I am actually using it with a webcam to make a backup camera.      Second question.  How could I make an adapter that would plug into the lighter receptacle and connect to my laptop.  I have a lighter usb adapter, that is 2.0amps.  So is there a way that i could safely modify it and my current laptop plug so i can plug in my laptop to the lighter receptacle.      Oh, i must add that I know i could go out and purchase some sort of inverter or what-have-you, but I won't learn anything and the whole point of this is to be able to make it myself  (with some help of course) and learn something along the way. Many thanks in advance for anyone who can help me out. Ambles I hope someone can really help me with this.

Posted by Ambles 1 year ago


flame thrower

A really cool flame thrower. It only takes a lighter, a stick, and a can of wd-40.

Posted by bop96 10 years ago


black fire?

Hey guys.. i havent tried this but put food coloring in lighter fluid and put a ton on a stick an see what happens

Posted by ®SkankinCow 11 years ago


load a 12V battery by the cigarete lighter

Hello guys, I want to make a publicity trailer with led's that will stand at party's (and on the side of the road in the week). This trailer will stand alone and will be powered by a 12V car battery. I would like to charge that battery while moving it with my car by a long cable to the 12V socket in the car. Should I place a resistor to limit the current or is this not necessary? The trailer is for my youth movement. (sorry for my bad english) Grts, Dieter Belgium

Posted by DieterD4 1 year ago


Parachute Cord

How do you join two pieces of parachute cord together? We've tried burning them with a lighter. That didn't work too well. Thanks!

Posted by debrald 9 years ago


will this evaporate?

I am turning a bic lighter into a zippo. i used heet for fuel but that evaporated to quick. if i used tiki torch stuff would it evaporate fast to? it needs to be sucked to the wick.

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


mini spud guns

Try this mini spud gun instructable so i found this instructable that was rockin it was a mini patato gun made out of a pen a marker and a elictric lighter

Posted by dwbrock 11 years ago


Making a Fake Fire

Hi Friends, have you heard about a Fake Fire? I have been looking a way to DIY a fake fire, however, I couldn't find the element. but today just made a fireproof glove to make some awesome effect. could you give me a comment after watched?Of course, in case of you trap in a danger fire, with this my emergency glove, you could also use your hand to remove any hot items without any hurt. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-FireProof-Glove/

Posted by tycoyoken 10 years ago


i thought about a fire in the sky. fun stuff (tis in my new video on youtube)

Check out what happens when you give me and heath a camera, WD-40, and a lighter.

Posted by twisted 11 years ago


remove paper label on Vinyl records disc

Dear all.. Please help me to know how remove paper label on Vinyl records disc.I have tried with lighter fluid but not success.Thank you in advance.

Posted by lam 4 years ago


addiction to being a pyro

Please i need advice im a pyro maniac and im sorta addicted to blowing things up how do i stop? ps as im writing this message im overclocking a lighter with 1 hand

Posted by sharlston 9 years ago


Making new bench seat

I need to remake the rear bench seat for my boat. The old one is about 100lbs and I would like something a little lighter. I can make a new frame with aluminum, but I am stuck with what to replace the cushions with. Whatever foam they are using is super heavy as well. Is there some way to remake the seat with styrofoam beads beads or something and still maintain form? I considered making a cheap gel seat using a thinned out mixture of silicone, but that wouldn't be any lighter than the original bench and would likely be heavier, actually. I think foam beads would work pretty slick.

Posted by jchavis2 2 years ago


Where can you buy laser diodes and circiut drivers ?

Laser DIY didn't send the parts we needed do you know where else to get  laser diodes and circiut drivers for the cheapy lighter laser burner ?

Posted by saltwaterfarmtoo 8 years ago


How to make two wires spark??

Me and my friends made a potato gun and we used a BBQ lighter to make a spark jump between to wires. But i have been trying to make a remote to make it shoot. Every thing works but to get a spark i have to touch the wires together but i need the spark to jump without touching the wires. Anyone know???

Posted by ...damo 11 years ago


Newegg .

Newegg is making me mad. I ordered a huge order and it split it up because some parts were heave (i.e. my speakers) but all the lighter parts (motherboard,graphics card etc.) came in a different order. But apperently one of them has the right credit card information and the other doesnt. And this makes me mad. And so here i am to vent. Your welcome.

Posted by octopuscabbage 8 years ago


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Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Super soaker flame thrower

I know that if u put gasoline or alcohal in a super soaker, and attach a lighter to the front u can use it as a flame thrower, i heard u need a metal nosel throughDose any one have any pics or any thing of how do do this? PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN PLAYING WITH FIRE THIS CAN EASLY CASUE DEATH TO USER

Posted by i make shooting things 11 years ago


Build a Remote Controlled Car Heater?

Hello I have a car that I want to warm up in the winter. However, installing a remote starter is expensive and complicated since its a VW. Is there a way I could rig up a remote controlled heater inside of it that runs from the cigarette lighter? If I am posting in the wrong place, please tell me.

Posted by LucidDayDream 3 years ago


Piezoelectricity Experiments. Help Needed!

I'm currently experimenting with piezoelectricity.And at the moment my experiment is limited to just a few piezo sparkers extracted from cigarette lighters.The sparker works with observable voltage spike on my multimeter. No voltage spike however when I use the tiny crystal (the size of a zippo flint) taken out from the sparker.I was trying to replicate this experiment (without the oscilloscope):Piezoelectric Rochelle SaltAnother thing, Would continuous vibration produce continuous voltage?It is known that piezo crystals produce high voltage, yet very low current. What are the options to increase the current? Would winding un-insulated copper wire around it (or any kind of contact with conductive metal) increase the current? Apart from lighter, what other surplus sources of piezoelectric crystals (i.e. quartz, PZT, Rochelle)? Can the crystal in RC toys, radios be used to generate electricity? Although there is the option to grow my own Rochelle salt, I'm not looking into it at the moment since it's going to take quite a while to grow.Thanks in advance!

Posted by gyromild 10 years ago


My latest project

My presence has been a little lighter on the site lately. Not so many cookie patches or links to things on the internet that catch my eye as I'd like. The reason for all this is that a couple weeks ago, my son was born. At 42 minutes into 09/09/09 we welcomed Orion Nikola Lewis into the world. Everyone's been doing just fine. Life has changed and all for the better.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


usb in car

PLEASE HELP. i am trying to find a way to install some usb ports in my car to be used as power supplies for various devices (mp3, nav systm,phone).  i hate clutter, so i'm trying to stay away from adapters for the cigarette lighter plug.  im pretty sure i need to reuce the volts and amps so i do not harm the devices.  please help. i dont even know where to begin.

Posted by lvlaveryk 9 years ago


12 volt charger for dvd screen

I am using a small screen from a car dvd player as a monitor for my digital movie cam rig. it works fine except that i need to power it with some kind of rechargable battery pack. i am using the car battery at the moment. not very efficient. any ideas how i can do this. it was built to be pwered by the cigarette lighter. thanks guys

Posted by maninamousesuit 8 years ago


forum questions appearing on "featured" RSS feed

I subscribe to the featured feed. Lately I'm getting questions from the forums. Examples: https://www.instructables.com/answers/why-does-an-led-have-to-be-given-a-resistor-before/ https://www.instructables.com/answers/how-does-a-jet-lighter-work/ I thought there was a third, but that may have been a repeat. Both of these questions date from the 15th, BTW.

Posted by kill-a-watt 8 years ago


how does a blow torch work

i was thinking of making a mini blow torch. but i have no idea how it works or hot to make on. my bro has this mini torch that give out a blue flame. it just uses a simple refeulable cartridge. it uses butane. i have a barbecue lighter i dissected and i want to make one. but does anyone know how it works or how to make one?

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


Instructables not showing up

1.I am using a windows 7 computer   2. I am using Internet Explorer 10 3. https://www.instructables.com/id/My-Flight-Simulator-Cockpit/    https://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-Zippo-Lighter/ https://www.instructables.com/id/James-Bond-Outfit/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Frodos-Sting-Sword/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Civil-War-Outfit-Union-Soldier/ 4. I just put together the pictures to be the instructions.

Posted by blacksmith98 5 years ago


UPS battery backup as car inverter?

I hope this isn't a dumb question, but if I were to take an old UPS unit, remove the battery, wire a 12V lighter socket plug to the battery cables in the UPS, and plug it in to the car, would it convert the 12V DC to 120V AC while the car is running? And if it worked would it draw too much power or damage anything? I wouldn't use this to run anything with a motor, just a laptop charger and maybe a light. Thanks! :)

Posted by 500FPS 1 year ago


LED Pizza Delivery Car Toppers

Hi, I'd like to replace wired lights in our pizza car toppers, which run through windows into cig lighter, or run into hood and attach directly to battery -- with --- LED lights mounted in the car toppers, but wired so on and off switch is mounted on outside of car topper. This way there are no wire outside of the car topper, and drivers could just flip the switch on car topper itself to turn on and off.

Posted by tfurmato 4 years ago


Little Camera Necklace

Hello everyone, So here is the deal, I wanna make a necklace that has a little camera inside that can shoot small videos, just for those moments when you wish you had a video camera, so you just happen to be wearing one. I thought about buying one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Lighter-Spy-DVR-USB-Mini-DV-Hidden-Camera-Camcorder-/150632633728?_trksid=p4340.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DDLSL%252BSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%252BDDSIC%26otn%3D8%26pmod%3D230632642485%252B230632642485%26po%3D%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D1442896368867548212&_qi=RTM637057#ht_2083wt_1139 and adapting with the following tutorial. https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Hidden-Camera-on-the-cheap-Lighter-mod-B/ The main problem I am seeing is that I want to keep all the electronics towards the back of the necklace, with just the camera at the front. That means I need to extend the ribbon cable which looks extremely tricky, and I dont know where I would buy one from. Does anyone have any ideas on this? -Derek

Posted by djrobotfreak 7 years ago


'Bad things little boys make at home' or 'it was all fun and games until Rex lost his eye!'

Hello all, I just started working on a new card game, the idea was to have cards of common household items that any young boy/girl would use to build something they shouldn't. On each card I'd like to have two or three things you can build with the item... ie. 'Puppy Poo'+ 'A Stick'= Poo on a Stick!; 'Puppy Poo'+ 'Paperbag'+ 'Lighter'= Flaming Bag of Poo. Yes juvenile I know but as a kid these are the things many of us remember... at least if you were one of the kids in art class making smoke bombs with the paints, and blow dart guns with you pens... not that I was...... Anyway, I would just like to know if there is anything you (or 'someone you knew of') build as a kid or last week when you had a bit of 'Gas'+ 'Water Gun'+ 'Lighter'= Flame Thrower; 'Small PVC pipes'+ 'Marshmallows'= Marshmallows Shooter; 'Soda Bottle'+ 'Mentos'= Sticky mess for Mom... you get the idea. Any Ideas you have would be a great help! Thanks, Max

Posted by Jiblet 7 years ago


I Challenge You: Driving Ball Machine!

Well, heres the first challenge for you guys!I know, it seems impossible, but it can be done, if you think about it:A driving ball machine!A hint if you dare to try:Try to connect the axle to the ball lifter.It will make the construction lighter and with that, more room for ball machine surface.Anyway, dare if you're cool!Run, if you scared!Best of luck, dudes!Link to the group.

Posted by Skreetsha 9 years ago


Amps for 12 volt tire inflation pump

I'm trying to attach an AC adapter to a 12-volt tire inflation pump (the kind that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter), then convert it into a vacuum pump for degassing molds. I tried connecting the only 12 volt wall wart I have and it just barely got the motor moving. I'm guessing that the amperage of the adapter is too low. What sort of amps would this unit need to run correctly? Is it even possible to run this thing from a wall outlet?

Posted by Boy Genius 5 years ago


"Tech" link in section submenu rolls over on to new line

The "Tech" link on the lighter orange submenu bar at the top of each instructables page has rolled over onto a new line. You can see it in the bottom left of the attached screenshot. It didn't used to be like that, I'm sure, and I can't imagine it's not optimised for a 1024px wide screen. (yes I do have my firefox window maximised) I'm using Windows XP w/ SP3 w/ 1024x600 res and Firefox 3.5.6

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago


Mobility Scooter 24 volt charger from 12 volt car

Can anyone give me a cct diagram to make a 24volt charger to plug into my car cigar lighter socket please. I carry my mobilty scooter in my car and it is very difficult to keep taking it out, or taking the battery pack off to bring it into the house to charge it so it would be a great boon to me if I could be charging this whilst drivng. I can make a pcb if I can get a cct. Grateful thanks in anticipation. Tony

Posted by amazing1000 10 years ago


Be a caveman with Swedish style!

I saw this on the MAKE blog: Helmut Smit is an artist/designer. This brilliant Ikea Hack "harks back to one of humanity's basic needs: making fire." As Ikea does not sell matches or lighters, Smits has taken cues from the wartime necessity of burning furniture to keep warm, and created a fire from an Ikea rope, hanger, wine rack, egg cup, napkins, and floral embellishments. Since embedding doesn't seem to work consistently here's a direct link to the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzXOVbYUamc

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago