As I browsed through DIY flashlight ideas on the internet, I came across a chapstick LED flashlight manual. I was intrigued by the reuse of everyday object and thought I would try making a flashlight with my Burt’s Bees lip balm.
It was my first attempt in building a flashlight hence I followed the instructions step by step.
Unfortunately, my flashlight wouldn’t lit up after assembly! I asked around for help but still couldn’t figure out which exact stop went wrong.
Speaking with other peers made me realize that I unintentionally worked in an artist’s method. Rather than checking the LED light and circuit on a breadboard before placing them into a tube, I approached from the outside to the inside which didn’t leave me much space to fix my mistakes. As someone with no basic understanding in electricity, I probably should not began experimenting with this project (but hey, I tried!). However, I will come back to this project later on in the year when I am more familiar with fabrication to make it work!
I moved on to building a mini decorative keychain flashlight. The instructions were a lot easier to follow since no soldering is required. I had a lot of fun sewing all the parts together.
What’s even better is that it is working!!