Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
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Preparing for a calamity or planning to go camping in the vast wilderness? Make an ultrabright emergency light in less than 5 minutes! It glows 360 and is completely WATERPROOF!. In addition the jar's lid can be detached from the jar turning it into a compact flashlight! This is a simple project that uses a 3W LED and a BL-5C (Li-ion) Nokia battery. Macgyver's style!

Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)


It's completely rechargeable, via USB or wallwart (5v), only takes an hour to fully charge the lamp. If you remember my previous project "DIY Portable USB Solar Charger", you can charge the jar using a solar panel. Guys, it's free and renewable energy!

Top 10 Practical Uses (Must Read):
1st.) Portable Emergency Light
2nd.) Camping Light/ Lamp
3rd.) Floating Pool Lanterns
4th.) Nightlight (Sidetable Lamp)
5th.) Constant Camera Light
6th.) Waterproof Rescue Lights!
7th.) Solar Powered LED Lamp
8th.) Garden Props & Ornaments
9th.) Replacement for gas lamps
10th.) Halloween Lanterns (Modded Version)

Real Life Scenario (My Experience):
(11/8/13) - A Category 4 typhoon has entered the Philippine area of responsibility. Codenamed: Yolanda
(11/8/13) - The president declared a state of calamity, told to brace ourselves.
(11/8/13) - My parents told me to charge all our lamps, unfortunately 2 out 4 emergency lamps were broken.
(11/8/13) - I made a simple "Jar Emergency Light" in just 5 minutes!
(11/9/13) - Typhoon reached our area with extreme rain and winds.
(11/9/13) - 1:00am The Blackout Started, my 1st time to use the LED Jar :D
(11/9/13) - It feels so cozy to light up a whole room as if there was electricity!


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Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
FREE PDF! (Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp).pdf597 KB

Step 1: Gathering Tools & Materials

Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Since this was a "Macgyver" type of assembly, the parts needed to come from recycled parts. Most of them came from my scrap radio on the other hand my 3W LED came from an old 220v LED Bulb.

Materials:
- 3W Ultrabright LED (Radioshack or AC LED Bulbs)
- Red LED Indicator (Recycled Parts)
- BL-5C Nokia Battery (Old Nokia Phone)
- 1N4007 Recitifer Diode (Recycled Parts)
- 470 ohm Resistor (Radioshack or Recycled Parts)
- On/ Off switch (Recycled Parts)
- DC Power Jack (Recycled Parts)
- Scotch Mounting Strips


Tools & Equipment:
- Soldering Iron
- Hot Glue Gun
- Leatherman
- Portable Drill

Step 2: Scavenging For Parts

Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
I was in a rush when I assembled my lamp since the storm has already entered our country. Since I'm a Macgyver fan, I like to make things with existing parts around me. BTW I made two lamps, one made from brand new parts and one from scavenged parts.

Where To Scavenge Parts (Macgyver Style):
  • Broken Radios, CFL Bulbs, Toys
  • Busted Flashlights, AC LED Bulbs
  • Old Nokia Phones (I have no use for my Nokia)
  • Home Inventory Things You Get From Them (For Free):
  • Resistors, Switches, DC Plugs, LED Indicators
  • Some Working High Powered LEDs (cuz it's in series)
  • Li-Ion Batteries (ex. BL-5C)
  • Glass Jar, Utility Knife, Tape, Gluegun

    Step 3: Hot Glue The Parts In Place

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    1st.) Drill two holes (6mm) for your "Charger's Plug" and for the "Slider Switch"
    2nd.) Solder two wires to your BL-5C's positive and negative terminals.
    3rd.) Hot glue everything In place!
    4th.) Use a small strip of Scotch's mounting pads to mount the 3W LED (BTW, they don't melt)

    Want To Make It Waterproof?
    Don't drill holes, just hot glue the socket and switch inside the jar/ lid. Just unscrew the lid to charge!

    Step 4: Optional: Adding a USB Lithium USB Charger

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Trickle charging isn't the best way to charge lithium batteries. When overcharged, they have the tendency to explode, that is if you forget to unplug it for an hour. If you plan to use this in long terms, I would recommend to attach this module for safety. To install this circuit, simply connect the Bat+ and Bat- parallel to the battery's respective terminals.

    You can buy it here for $1.70! "1A Lithium Battery Charging Module - Blue"

    Red Light = Charging
    Green Light = Fully Charged

    Step 5: The Schematic Diagram

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    One thing you must know BL-5C batteries, they have a voltage protection circuit inside them. You can trickle charge these batteries at 5 volts, just limit the charge time for an hour. If you want to take precaution, there are Lithium battery chargers available out there.

    How Does The Circuit Work?
    This is a very simple circuit that doesn't require circuit boards. All it does is trickle charge the battery, a rectifier diode was added to prevent the backflow of current. I added a LED charging indicator just to show whether the jar is charging or not.

    Step 6: Solder Everything In Place

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Just follow the circuit diagram and you are good to go! A perf board isn't necessary but if you insist then go ahead.

    Step 7: Charge Testing

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Cool! If you've done it right, the jar should glow red when the charging. You can also charge this with my previous project: the "DIY Portable USB Solar Charger".

    Step 8: You're Done!

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    How about let's go camping!


    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    FREE PDF! (Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp).pdf597 KB

    Step 9: Dentita's Version

    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!)
    Dentita, a fellow instructable member, made his awesome version of the Jar.
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