$3.00 Altoids Charger (EASY BUILD) (CHEAP)

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Introduction: $3.00 Altoids Charger (EASY BUILD) (CHEAP)

I know your thinking i have seen hundreds of these but have you ever seen one so easy to build?

LETS GET STARTED

Things you will need :
  1. L78MO5CV Voltage Regulatorhttp://www.taydaelectronics.com/ic-integrated-circuits/voltage-regulators/lm7805-l7805-7805-voltage-regulator-ic-5v-1-5a.html
  2. Toggle Switch http://www.taydaelectronics.com/mini-toggle-switch-spdt-on-on.html
  3. LED [ any color :) ] http://www.taydaelectronics.com/leds/led-3mm-green-water-clear-super-bright.html
  4. Female USB port http://www.taydaelectronics.com/usb-type-a-female-connector.html
  5. Resistor (sorry forgot what ohm it is you can use a decoder on it and i will post a pic of the resistors)
  6. Resistor (sorry forgot what ohm it is you can use a decoder on it and i will post a pic of the resistors)
  7. Some type of board to solder connections on to
  8. 9V battery Clip http://www.taydaelectronics.com/9v-9-volt-battery-clip-connector.html
  9. Some type of Board http://www.taydaelectronics.com/hardware/prototyping-boards/small-stripboard-94x53mm-copper.html
  10. And ALTOIDS TIN (DUH HAHA) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blank-Altoids-Type-Metal-Tin-Survival-Kit-Containers-/281113404892
COST : ABOUT 3:00

Step 1: STEP 1: Soldering L78M05CV Voltage Regulator to Board

Soldering L78M05CV Voltage Regulator To Board\
Follow Picture Diagram

Step 2: STEP 2: SOLDER SCRAP METTEL PINS TO FEMALE USB

SOLDER SCRAP METEL PINS TO FEMALE USB
THEN TRIM PINS TO MAKE IT LOOK NEAT

(THIS IS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO SOLDER TO BOARD IN THE NEXT STEP)

Ideas for scrap mettle
  1. LED Legs 
  2. pins from old components
  3. Metel Wire

Step 3: STEP 3: Solder Female USB to Board

Solder Female USB To Board
Follow Diagram

Step 4: STEP 4: Adding the Power

Solder The Positive (+) And Negative (-) 9V Battery Clip Wires To Board
Follow Diagram

Step 5: STEP 5: SOLDER SCRAP METTEL PINS TO Toggle Switch

SOLDER SCRAP METTEL PINS TO Toggle Switch (Same thing as step 2)
(Click on step 2 for merle pin ideas to use)
Follow Diagram

Step 6: STEP 6: Solder Toggle Switch to Board & LED

Solder Toggle Switch To Board & LED
Follow Diagram

Step 7: STEP 7: Solder Resistor 1

Follow Diagram 

Step 8: STEP 8: Solder 2nd Resistor

Solder 2nd Resistor

Step 9: TEST TIME

Test to see if it works!

Step 10: STEP 9: Line Tin With Electrical Tape

Line Tin With Electrical Tape To Prevent Shorting Out 
Or Put HeatShrink Tubbing On All Wires 

Step 11: ENJOY =]

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Get off! I think it's a pretty cool little project. Thanks Snow! You took the time to explain (with photos) and even sourced your parts. So, it's not a Segway! To all of the "newbs" and curious people out there, go ahead and build it. If nothing else, you will get a little practice with your soldering technique and end up with something that could actually charge your phone even if you have to "steal" a battery out of your meter to do it. To all of the members who obviously have way to much time on their hands and would be better off not using a soldering iron, show Me something. You value your keyboard time and opinion more than anyone else. S.T.F.U. and make something better. I'm sure your first project was far more interesting and probably put satellites into orbit! Oh yeah, it's you. Never mind. Stay off the keyboard if you can't appreciate quality, and effort, large or or small. You probably don't really belong here anyway....

Hats off to you. For a 16yr that's cool. A lot of 16 yr olds are dropping out of school & don't know what mAh or ohm even means. Keep it up! Don't let these haters get to you.

Doodz! It's got a skull and biohazard on the PCB! Why you all be hatin on it!
LAMOZ!

Word snow1434! Dis iz TIIIGHT bitchiz!

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The blue resistor is a current limiter for the led. It should have around 100 ohms, but anything between 80 and 330 will work.
The brown resistor is useless because his both ends are shorted anyway, so it can be left away.

If I've seen the colours right I would guess at
Blue Grey Brown 680 Ohm 5%
red black black black brown is 200 Ohm 1%

instead of the circut use 2 9 volt batteries in seiries with a $1 dollar car charger, you can use almost all the power in the batteries that way

Could I use a 7.2v 3000mAh NiMH battery?

I believe the voltage regulator he's using can handle up to 3 amps so I would say YA just not any bigger