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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Andrew has a clever USB enclosure, 2GB chapstick, he writes –

I just bought a new 2GB USB flash drive, and it happened to be sitting on the desk the other day next to a tube of Chap Stick. It looked like a perfect match once I got the drive out of it’s case, but it ended up being a little too big to fit in the tube. I took it to work and bored the tube out on the lathe during my lunch break, made a few notches in the base and the bottom cap with the die grinder, sanded the edges of the circuit board a little, and finally got it to fit perfectly. Looks pretty good, even the LED shines through the bottom. Hopefully it will fare better when it ends up going through the dryer in my pants pocket than a regular tube of Chap Stick does.

2GB chapstick – Link.


  • trmtrm

    I’m in yr trade dress, savin’ yr filez.

    Make it retractable and it’s perfect.

  • volkemon

    Retractable? no need. generally the balm is at a height where it works with a pull of the cap. The low level becomes apparent after trying to apply. Then the user twists the product up.

    So, the move would be to pull the chap stick out of your pocket, pull the cap off, then depart from the norm and smoothly insert into the computer while your buddies worry about your sanity!

  • greekmac

    what usb drive did you use ?

  • mrwilmoth

    do you have a picture with the cap on? or will it fit?

  • Anonymous

    it will fit

  • awesomesauce

    this has got to be just about the coolest thing ever… EVER. i want one… you could make a killing on ebay…

  • Amy

    I would have to aggree with awesomesauce, you could make these and make some money. I would buy one.

  • Anonymous

    where sale this usb? for 500 units to 4 gb 
    mautista@yahoo.com

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