Charger Box





Introduction: Charger Box

I made my own charging center for all my electronic gadgets (phone, iPod, PDA, etc) it's a box from IKEA with a power strip inside and an illuminated switch from an old drip coffeemaker.

Step 1: Do It!

The IKEA box  is perfect because it's made of plastic and it has a hole in the top. I used a power strip that I had got at home and an illuminated switch from a scratch drip coffeemaker. I soldered all the connections and I isolate the connections with heat-shrink tubing.

Step 2: Working!

Working! Charging my phone, my iPod and my Palm.



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    A small modification would be good: for each of the chargers to have it's own on/off switch.

    I like that idea. Recently discovered that a plugged-in charger is still pulling a (small) current from the socket, regardless of whether its charging a given device or not. Considering most chargers are kept plugged..well, it all adds up

    untrue, dude. imagine the outlet with nothing plugged into it. no connections are being made, so no power goes through it. same with the phone charger. when a phone is plugged into it, it makes a closed circuit. power goes through, back to the outlet making the charger use electricity. with no phone, there is no closed circuit. no electricity back to the outlet, making no electricity wasted.
    if it used power, with no phone,  it would blow a house fuse. sorry to burst your bubble.

    Untrue on your untrue. There are still control circuts (pulse chargers) or loss of energy on the transformer (older chargers).
    So when in doubt - unplug.

    It looks very nice, but I think you need to detail this instructable a bit more. All you said is that it charges your stuff and involves a power strip. Let's see some schematics or something.

    Seriously, if you need a schematic, you should't even be allowed to have a mains outlet in your house! OMFG

    my response:

    sorry, i had to.

    ignore title and annotations.

    Come on Silas, This forum is for people to HELP each other, if you want to show your superiority there are plenty of other forums. your comment was certainly condescending. What is great about a schematic is it can help to clarify a question about a design which may arise from the lack of clarity in the written description (most of us are not technical writers) or a lack of clarity in the photographs ( most of us are not photographers) Since when is more information a bad thing?