A simple modification will allow you to use a $20 AA Energizer cell phone charger with any USB device to charge your cell phone, iPod etc. *(note in testing it does not have enough juice to charge an iPhone 3G)
It cost about the same as the minty boost ($20) and is about the same size. Almost no assembly is required by compairson. I completed this project with parts I had lying around. Not sold yet? Did I mention it has flashing blue LED's?
Step 1: Parts
Here are some of the parts and tools you will need.
- The energizer AA battery charger for cell phones (found at many drug stores)
- USB extension cable ( Comes with many different USB devices/dongles, you or your friends probably have some in a drawer somewhere)
- Soldering Iron and Solder ( I like the radio shack butane powered ones because they heat up fast and have no power cable to catch on things, also highly portable)
- Wire strippers ( these came from the dollar store and they are 3+ years old! )
Disassemble the usb charger. It is pretty strait forward. The cap with the springs pops off easily to remove the batteries. The remaining cap can be pried off with a screw driver or by pulling the two halves of the casing apart. What we want is to get at the circuit inside the cap.