Mini Flashlight

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!!

One Reply to “Mini Flashlight”

  1. Nice work. I’m glad you tried two versions.
    Trying to fit everything into a small enclosure (the chap stick tube) can be very difficult. Going small isn’t always the best way to go.
    Electronics work will get easier, don’t worry.

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