Ashtray IPhone/iPod Dock

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Introduction: Ashtray IPhone/iPod Dock

Convenient iPhone/ipod connection built into your ashtray!

Skill
Beginner - intermediate

Tools required.
Screwdriver
Drill
Xacto blade

Items:
1x Car stereo with USB connection.
1x USB - ipod cable.
Liquid nails/strong adhesive.
Scrap sheet plastic.
Old iPod dock connector


Step 1: Cut Plastic Base

Using an xacto knife,
Score and snap the plastic to fit within the ashtray.

Using a Drill / x-acto / dremel
Cut an opening for the iPod dock to fit in.

Step 2: Test Fit

Quick test fit of all the components together

Step 3: Glue Components Together

Take the plastic base, iPod dock, and USB cable.

Glue it together.

Step 4: Hole for USB Cable Pass Through

Enlarge a hole on the side/bottom of ashtray (hidden) for the USB cable to pass through.

Step 5: Assembly

Feed the USB cable through the enlarged hole.
Glue plastic base assembly to the ashtray.

Step 6: Back to the Car

Run the USB cable under the console towards the rear of the deck plug it in.

Insert assembly into the console.

Plug in your iPhone/iPod!

Scroll through playlists and charge your phone at the same time!

Enjoy.

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Hi - this might be a "master of the obvious" question, so please forgive me. How are you powering the other end of the USB cable?

This might be too late but he's doing it through the car stereo which has a USB connection.

Awesome project! I see it's in an E30 ;) I was just planning to install a new stereo in my '89 bimmer so this is perfect!

Nice write up and the finished product looks so clean.
I'd be worried about bumps or vibrations braking the pin connector or the female end in the phone/ipod. Hope it doesn't.
Either way, great idea!

Great idea!

I bought a cheap iphone holder and using VELCRO tape, attaced it to a convenient surface of the dash board. Now all I do is insert my phone into the holder when I drive.

Great ible no matter what car you have,most have a "change pot" of some shape or description. remember, adaptation is the father of reinvention! (i think)

I'm so surprised that US cars still have ashtrays... or is this just older models?
I haven't had a car in the UK that's had an ashtray for over 10 years.
Guess I'll have to find another place to stash my phone.