Introduction: DIY 9v Usb Ipod, Cellphone, Mp3 Portable Charger! Very EASY!

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Have you haver need energy for charging your mp3, cellphone, etc. when you're out of home?!
I had.. So i decide to describe how to build your portable charger.
I hope to be useful.


Step 1: What You Need

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- 5v regulator (i used a 7805)
- Small piece of velcro
- USB female port
- 9v battery
- 9v battery attach
- A box (i used an old burned modem)
- Hot glue (optionally)
- A solder

Step 2: The 5v Regulator Scheme

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This is the simplyest scheme you probably have ever seen..

Watch the image, put the regulator at the same rotation of the image.

- On the first on the left you have to sold the RED 9v cable
- On the center sold the BLACK 9v cable

- On the first on the right you have to sold the RED usb cable
- Screw togheter the WHITE, BLACK and GREEN cable of the usb on the center (take the distance from the other one)

Step 3: Should Be Like This..

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Should be like this..

Step 4: Time to Finish It..

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So, now we have to fix it all on our box..

I put a little piece of velcro under the battery and under the 5v regulator, hot glue under the usb port and then i closed the box..

Et voilà.. This is the final result..

Step 5: Does It Works?!

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Time to see if all works correctly..

Attach the cable on the usb port, the other side on the phone, and...

..magically.. IT WORKS!!

Happy recharging with your easy-build 9v battery portable recharger..

P.S. if you can use rechargable 9v battery.. you save money and save the world!


RDSawicki (author)2010-09-19

i love this but can u make a new 1 with a switch ????

blakemckee (author)RDSawicki2017-01-01

Its fairly simple to incorporate one yourself just cut positive lead in half, attach one wire to one pole of switch and other half to other pole and voila! IMO its unessesary though essentially the charger is "off" once its unplugged from your device.

lolhacker (author)RDSawicki2010-11-24

Well making one with a switch is really simple you see. Take a switch. It has three prongs on it for soldering to. You only need to on either side (this side will be the on side, the other off.) now where the connecter for the 9v battery is you will use the red wire. Cut it and trim the plasticy/rubbery coating off to reveal the wire. Now connect it like this: [URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

blade97 (author)RDSawicki2010-09-23

Of course you can, you just cut 1 wire in half and connect it with the correct positive and negative on it's side

dadoman (author)2008-12-14

I'm italian too!!! I have a question...i have to build a charger like this one but i must to charge a mp3 and it's 3.7v do i need a different regulator? if the answer is yes which one? thanks

blakemckee (author)dadoman2017-01-01

Yes you would need one that regulates to 3.7v's.. You could use an lm317t it is a variable voltage regulator you set it to the voltage you need!

dadoman (author)dadoman2008-12-14

i forgot... where can i find a female usb port without break my pc? thank you again

juanraz (author)dadoman2011-05-12

you can buy a usb extension cable and cut it off.

Noodle93 (author)dadoman2009-03-24

Try an electronics store for the female usb plug, and for an adjustable voltage regulator.

GERALDB2 (author)2014-12-16


manuTheLeuzi (author)GERALDB22016-08-28

L7805, thats a basic 5Volt regulator, the last to digits after " L78 " shows the output value

RaghavV5 (author)2016-06-12


mukundm (author)2014-09-28

how many times we can charge our cell phone if its 2600mh

pmcguire (author)2014-04-29

is it easy to use 4 rayovac rechargeable aa batteries instead of a 9v. if so how do i make it work. and does it use the same parts. if not please tell me so i can get them. thanks

amirjee80 (author)2013-11-20

hi sir i do this but its work very very slow plz tell me what i do

lsavage-1 (author)2012-10-17

My device is showing the charging light but the status says not charging everything is hooked up correctly.

rutvik_95 (author)2012-10-10

will this work for samsung galaxy devices which require 5v to charge.

+_mElChIzEdEk_+ (author)2012-08-09

can i buy like that on DIY shops.?

kidharris (author)2012-07-07

I believe a 9 volt battery is just a case with 6 - 1.5 volt AAA batteries inside it. Why not just make your own case with the correct number of batteries in it?

jjone538 (author)2012-06-03

Great Job

jacob 64 (author)2011-02-26

DO NOT TRY THIS!! haha but really don't! it was the easier of the 9 volt chargers and it just fried both my samsung rant and ipod touch 1st gen.

lorddavis6 (author)jacob 642012-05-17

If it destroyed one of your devices,why did you tried again?

nodoubtman (author)jacob 642012-03-03

it works great for my mp3 :)
i even did a wall charger, and WILL DO a car charger too! :)
have fun! :o)

thank you!

TheRocker33dc (author)2012-05-08

this sucks it does not work

MulBe039 (author)2011-12-15

there are some similar instructables on this site , but they all use resistors and/or capacitors, so why do they do this if it isn't necessary? this somehow still has to have a reason doesn't it ?

★DigiDavidex (author)2011-10-30

io l'ho fatto '' '' ma 100mA non bastano per un cell, ce ne vogliono almeno 400mA oppure per il mio 550mA.... ho visto qua ma non so se funziona, non sono esperto in elettronica

jbaliutis (author)2011-09-18

It works 100% i made that you can charge with 4 AA baterries or 1 9v baterry

koppi (author)2011-09-02

nice! but using a voltage regulator is wasteful as it will convert excess power to heat

ssuamor (author)2011-08-05

Instead of charging up this way why wouldn't you just connect the 3 AA batteries in a series to your phone directly at the + - terminals that correspond to the + - signs on the battery and then use it immediately without burning up your battery? You'd get a lot more amp hours out of rechargeable AA batteries than your factory battery I bet, and you could probably even use your phone charger to recharge the 3 AA batteries if you leave them hooked up.

NeMewSys (author)2011-07-28

A voltage regulator? This will waste tons of energy.

LiporXT (author)2009-05-01

volevo ringraziarti chazy perchè il tuo instructable mi è stato davvero di grande aiuto, ho anke io costruito un caritore portatile USB da 9v, sl ke il mio è più piccolo e più carino ; hai tempo passa a guardarlo l'ho costruito seguendo i tuoi sugerimenti..un saluto in italiano, ciaoooo

fogman103 (author)LiporXT2011-07-23

Can someone please give me a link to the site where you get this?

The Beaver (author)LiporXT2010-01-26

Dove posso acquistare uno di questi miei fratelli italian?

ckrill1 (author)2011-07-08

does this work with a forth generation ipod touch?

Dan4954 (author)2010-01-23

Very good instructable. I tried making this and i have everything wired exactly but when i plug in my phone, the phone turns off and wont charge. I used a volt meter and confirmed the 5VDC output. Can anyone help please? My email is  Any help would be greatly appricated.

juanraz (author)Dan49542011-05-12

are you sure that the pinout is the proper one? female pinout

adil.ali2010 (author)2011-02-05

this is a very good charger.thanks for share it.

lolhacker (author)2010-11-13

Hey, I was on paint and made a diagram for yall =J.:

RDSawicki (author)2010-09-19

thank u 4 posting this i tried a lot of other vidios and everything and this is the only 1 that i could get thank u and good job with the pics

ddvniek (author)2009-10-17

Hi, very nice instructable! But I have a Samsung Phone with a 3.7V Li-ion Battery. Will this work on my phone???

astro boy (author)ddvniek2009-11-30

 if it charges by usb when it plugs in the computer then yes and don't worry about the battery info as they will be charged and regulated by the phone, in other words, its like charging it on the computer. 

ddvniek (author)astro boy2010-01-08

Oh okay. Thanks

killshay (author)2009-06-08

Do you really need the green and white at all? or can you just snip them off?

arikyeo (author)killshay2009-06-08

just ignore them. they are the wires that carry data.

Scotish (author)2009-05-13

this is really awesome ill have to remember this one!

atombomb1945 (author)2008-09-10

All you need from the USB cord is the Red and Black cable, as they normally are the two running the current. The other two are just for the Data running through the cable. A set up like this recharged my Game boy DS about ten times off a single 9v. I figure that the Cell Phone is more like five or six times.

Berserk87 (author)atombomb19452008-09-10

beat me to it. Chazy, you should put a capacitor after the regulator as a filter as well. how many amps can the 7805 take? i dont recal. but if you wanted to you could put another 9V in parallel for those lonnnnnngggg trips. another tip. usb devices only use 5V/50mA, you should check how many amps the 7805 is outputing, ive used them before and some of my devices wouldnt charge because it was reading higher than 50mA.

daiatlus79 (author)Berserk872009-04-04

1 amp. you can usually scavenge one out of a run of the mill pc tower power supply. i managed to get two out of two fried power supplies (was a blown capacitor in one and the other the board was kinda fractured. if you find a 7905 they do the trick too but the leads are different. if i can remember the ground and input are swapped. but still works like a charm.. and a LED from an older tower works great as an indicator light/Tester.

Nirjuana (author)Berserk872008-09-13

It depends on the model, usually they can supply 1 amp but some models can supply to even 3 amps. And a 9 volt battery isn't the best for this job, since their capacity is very low due to high voltage. A regular 9 volt has normally some about 500mAh (alkaline) to 1200 mAh (lithium) and USB devices can take a lot more than 50 mA @ 5V since USB-port can supply up to 500 mAh. So if you have a bit bigger USB-device, I recommend you get some nice 3,7 volt batteries, they can have a genuine capacity of almost 2500 mAh. Just put two of them on series and a cap to keep it steady and clean. I doubt there wouldn't be any need for regulator but it can be used for extra protection.

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