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Oh and a 5V source, like any 5V source I used an old phone charger. 

The reasoning behind this is the need to charge my mp3 player and only having a spare phone charger for a phone I no longer use, so I reckoned there was a way based on the fact that I managed the exact opposite when my phone died. 

I wouldn't say I set to work so much as stared at a plug for a while. 

I managed not to use a single tool and only two materials... So no list.

You'll have to forgive me on some of the photos, I've had to use my phone for these since it's the only camera with a short enough focal distance I have at the moment, so they're all a little washed out looking...

If you liked this instructable then please vote for it in the USB contest, which is in the voting stage now! 

Step 1: Rip the end off the cable

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I just yanked the plug off and exposed the end of the inner wires by stripping a quarter inch off each end with my thumbnail. 

Basically grip the nail where you want to strip, bend the cable over the back of the nail, press your nail down hard and pull the cable. 

Image below's borrowed from another of my 'ibles...
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DJ Radio4 years ago
I thought it was just the paper and then I saw the 5V cord thing. I am disappoint.
inhaos4 years ago
it's cool
and here's a perfect solution for you
good luck
I have the exact same mp3 player! I have never come across someone else with the same. Do you think this would work with an iPod Touch?
The iPod touch would not work, since it requires the "apple identification chip". Basically meaning you have to pay apple a hundred billion dollars if you want to charge without a computer.
killerjackalope (author)  RoddyTheGreat5 years ago
Yeah though an ipod's significantly more expensive, take care with it. Thats funny about the mp3 I found it under my bed after two weeks of parties nobody wanted it back
technoguy945 years ago
Wait, did I miss something? What actually powers it?
killerjackalope (author)  technoguy945 years ago
An old phone charger though any 5v source will do the job just fine.
Kryptonite5 years ago
Nice job! Good phone camera, by the looks of it, too.
killerjackalope (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
Thanks, the phone is a godsend, replaces a compact in most situations
I think I might just make this charger.... I'm pretty sure I've got a 5v somewhere.
killerjackalope (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
Cool, take pics. I have plans to make more weird things aswell
kcls5 years ago
Nice 'ible. An ingenious idea! Did you change the title? I seem ti remember it being something more confusing...
killerjackalope (author)  kcls5 years ago
No but check out my published might be one of them
see when i was looking at the intructables newsletter i saw the first picture and was totally like wtf. i thought this is going to be really stupid, but then when i looked through the instructable its almost incredible. such a simple useful idea. sorry for doubting you
hey mitchel is 19 3 1993 ur dob ?
actually its the 9th, but yeah?
oops, okay :D
killerjackalope (author)  mitchell9319935 years ago
Thanks, I kinda made the tile a bit odd, glad you liked the ible
yeah well when i first read it i thought it was something daft like running a current through paper. but its a really simple sort of... mount i guess.
killerjackalope (author)  mitchell9319935 years ago
I will make that happen now! The title is a misnomer i suspect
no, i dont think you should. I probably wouldnt of clicked on it otherwise. It a great instructable, and the title leaves alot to the imagination, something that people might want to find out more about
killerjackalope (author)  mitchell9319935 years ago
So running a current through paper wouldn't be awesome? I just thought of how to make a fully fledged female plug... Thanks, glad you enjoyed the instructable
deathorange5 years ago
You wernt kidding about the rip off from that pic xD.
killerjackalope (author)  deathorange5 years ago
Grab the connector and yank, I dont believe in scissors
Lol I don't believe in scissors either... but wire strippers are nice ;)
killerjackalope (author)  sqeeek5 years ago
Reading this on my phone the word wire was missing on the screen, hah strippers
citizen2515 years ago
I love it.

But I have resolved not to use it until I'm in a cold hotel in Budapest and my iPod (which has all my secrets that I'm supposed to deliver to someone named Natasha encrypted within my Doobie Brothers songs) has died and my charger was confiscated when the Magyar Garda took my backpack (intolerant jerks). I'll still have my phone charger because it was still in the wall when I went out to the internet cafe.

Thanks from the future. Your country owes you a debt of gratitude. Or will...someday.

killerjackalope (author)  citizen2515 years ago
Good to know it'll be a useful asset to the world.of espionage
nubie5 years ago
This is most excellent, if you are planning such a thing go ahead and buy a USB extension cable from the $1 store and cut it open for this. I have done this or similar before myself. My favorite is bending the pins in a Molex (PC drive connector) and then just inserting a standard wall wart onto the positive side, can power up PC fans that way with no tools to make a desk fan.
killerjackalope (author)  nubie5 years ago
The point was that i didnt have a female cable to do it with
bobbym5295 years ago
Very MacGuvyer-ish. :-)
killerjackalope (author)  bobbym5295 years ago
Cheers, quite a few of my projects are...
worldgnat5 years ago
If I'm not mistaken, there should be diodes built into these devices to prevent wiring errors from "blowing up" the device. This is really a novel idea - I love it. It might be cool to draw up a cut-and-fold diagram in a vector drawing application to make it neater and more replicable. Nice work!
killerjackalope (author)  worldgnat5 years ago
Thanks, I'll sketch it up next time I'm back at the computer, thats a great idea
all4fun5 years ago
A great way to do it !!! I'm getting sick of all the different adaptor plugs ! just cut them off !!! whahah :D
killerjackalope (author)  all4fun5 years ago
Aye, then lose the charger
=SMART=5 years ago
Haha thats really clever mate !
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=5 years ago
Cheers smart, do be niceand vote
rimar20005 years ago
Clever!!! I did something similar using a piece of ice-cream stick. The paper is easiest.
killerjackalope (author)  rimar20005 years ago
Good to know someone else thought it was a good plan, getting a lot of stick from phobics that believe their tech all has the kind of fragility found in buttercups
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