Introduction: How to Build a Very Cheap Car Holder for an IPod Nano (3G)

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The 3G version of the iPod is certainly one of the best iPods because you have every interface / menu and preview in the same orientation.

The fatty is also so compact and so lightweight that with the earbud jack-plug and the balance, the device stands right and never fell down.

This property is going to be used in our little "home-made" car holder. With this car holder you will even be able to watch videos/listen and choose your albums while driving and without having to install complex car holders or suction cups.

Of course one point to mention is that you need an AUX audio input cable for your car audio system.

Step 1: Step1: What You Need

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Here is the list of the elements you will need to realize this iPod carholder:

1x Audio adapter Plug 3.5 mm stereo / jack 6.3 mm stereo
1x Audio adapter Plug 6.3 mm stereo / jack 3.5 mm stereo
1x Plastic link to tie around the aeration grid of the car

There are many audio adapter sets on the web for less than $3

Step 2: Step 2: 5 Minutes

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Put the two audio jack adapters together.

Now carefully tie your plastic wire through the aeration grid of your car. Note the audio cable for the AUX input for the audio system.

Step 3: The Final Result

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Now you have your own small but very cool entertainment system !

You can even turn the iPod in the direction of your passenger, so that you won't be disturbed by the videos while driving. Of course there is place enough to plug the iPod-USB to car cigarette lighter cable.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial

[ Original tutorial version]


emcole (author)2012-07-09

This is a risky setup as the plug will shear off if the iPod is bumped accidentally and may ruin the earphone jack as well.

dmb321 (author)2011-07-17


kaufmandk (author)2009-09-10

You can use a cassette tape adapter if your car doesn't have an AUX input. I bought the Transpod for my 5th Gen, but found that it's clumsy and you need to use a hair tie to hold the Ipod in the dock. The FM transmitting aspect of it is poor as well, so I just use the cassette tape adapter, and mainly use the Transpod as a means to charge the Ipod.

Clayton H. (author)2008-12-05

I don't think that it was nesisary to mention how much storage your ipod has in the title. because it will be the same size even though its a different capacity. good instructable though!

tremorx (author)Clayton H.2008-12-18

It's not the size, he means it's a 3rd Generation iPod nano, which is important because it's dramatically different in size and shape than the rest of the iPod nano line.

CaseyCase (author)2008-10-03

Clean, but you are going to snippity-snip, trimity-trim the end of that zip tie, right?

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