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The ChargerLight: WallCharge your USB devices with style

A nightlight that charges your usb gadgets =]

The Story (skipable) :

I was a little disappointed with the battery life (only 60 days) of my previous award winning (lol) Instructable (The EggLight) so when my girlfriend asked me to build her a wall USB charger for her iPOD I decided to merge a night light into it =] and get rid of the problem

What is really cool about this project is that it uses my new high brightness LEDs that I ordered straight from china =) and as you can see from the picture they work great for backlighting purposes...

The Final product :
A wall outlet charger for USB devices (500mA @ 5v ) with a built in smooth blue night light! (yes I do like blue, and I do like nightlights )

Revisions :

v1.First version
+Charges USB devices (tested with an Ipod Mini, an Ipod nano and my sister's Ipod Video),
+Works on 127 and 220 VAC outlets (50Hz and 60Hz ) lol... since nokia did this part ;-)
+on/off switch



'V2. Dimmed light
+Instructable released !!!
+Potentiometer added
+New video'



 
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Step 1: What You'll need:

Table of Materials:

+1x. Cheap Bedside battery powered Light
I bought this for 2$... and it comes with a nice switch =P

+1x. Female USB connector :
If you plan to charge USB stuff.. you better have a way of connecting it to your charger =]

+1x. 5v to 7v power supply :
I used an old nokia charger ( 800mA @ 5,7v ) I had lying around...
You can also DIY (see ElectricJ's great instructable ( http://www.instructables.com/member/ElectricJ/ ) ) just make sure your's will be able to supply at least 520mA

+1x. "Straw hat" LED ( http://www.hebeiltd.com.cn/?p=leds.4.8mm ) :
This is excellent for backlighting purposes , it's viewing angle is HUGE !
of course you can use whatever LED you have available =]

+1x. 10K potentiometer , two 100ohm resistors

Step 3: Playing with your new LEDs =]

Test you leds with a bench power supply and a potentiometer =] see if the effect is good enough for you...
I decided to follow the manufacturer specs and keep it at less than 30mA =] ... A 200ohm resistance will do...

v2. added a potentiometer in series with this resistance

Step 4: Modding The Original Light (Adding the Plug and USB)

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Adding Power:
If you're using an old cellphone power supply like me , and you WERE CAREFUL during the disassembly you can still use the original plug, with a soldering Iron , or a Heated knife (or even a small drill) make two holes for the AC wires to come into the case, pass the wires and glue the plug together with the rest of the case (I also used some insulating tape since this is the wall side)

Adding USB:
Using the same Heated knife method , open a hole in the side of the case, it should be slightly smaller than the USB female plug (barely fitting)

Revisions:
v2.
+Uses an optional potentiometer that can be seen on one of the pictures
+Has the Instructable Sticker! that just arrived as part of my valentine's day prize! =D Thanks Instructables!

Step 5: The Circuit

Schematics V2:

+If you're using a power supply that is slightly over 5V than you'll NEED a regulator...
(there are alternatives... but... since a 7805 costs like... ermm about 30cents a piece... I'm sticking with it)
+The potentiometer is optional, but you should increase a bit the resistance if you decide to ignore it... (otherwise your girlfriend, or whoever uses this, might not get any sleep at night)

The circuit schematics is shown in the picture bellow, To get the image on it's original size, click the "i" on the top-left corner of it

Assembly:
+I used one of my standard breadboard-like perfboard
+

USB connector:
always double check the pinout (see picture)
Pin 1 = Vcc
Pin 4 = Gnd

Step 6: Fitting in the case

With a bit of luck you'll be able to fit the whole thing back in it's original case and by luck I mean LOTS of Hot Glue, Super Glue and Insulating Tape =)
robodud37 years ago
i love the rem in the backround nice song
Proteus (author)  robodud37 years ago
I was listening to the ONLY classic rock station in Brazil ;)
slov Proteus6 years ago
huh, funny thing. i'm also from sao paulo and i also luv kiss fm :-D
Darkshot6 years ago
bluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuue ;]
i would recommend that you use a 5 volt regulator (7805) chip if you use anything above 5V...you could fry your USB devices.
Proteus (author)  i_make_stuff7 years ago
Check out step 5, i AM using a 7805 ;)
oops, i overlooked it :)
zootboy7 years ago
Nice soldering iron sponge!