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MAKE Flickr photo pool memeber Trialex posted this little (battery free) USB power LED torch, here’s how to make your own… –

A rechargeable, battery-free LED torch which gets it’s power from USB and stores it in a capacitor.

I reckon USB stuff is cool. I also reckon LED stuff is cool. I HATE paying for batteries. I love my shaky torch. Putting all this together, I thought I’d make a LED torch, simmilar in form to those keychain types, which stores it’s power in a capacitor. The capacitor is charged from the USB port.

This is only a “proof of concept”, and is intended to show it works. I doubt it will have the best performace, but that’s not the point. I think I should be able to do it fairly cheaply, for about the cost of a keychain coin-cell LED light
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Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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