An ipod touch charger dock and sound station.
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Step 1: The basics

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I took materials from around my house to make this project.

I took the idea from another instructable in here, but i modified it to fit my needs.

I used a car amplifier, a computer atx power supply, an ipod base, an ipod usb cable, various pieces of wood to make the housing, fabrics, 2 150k resistir, cable, 6 speakers, soldering kit, hot glue and black paint.

Step 2: Connecting the usb, the amp and the power supply

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You have to make active your power supply, it depends on the one yoou will mod, just google it to get the instructions, in mine you have to connect a gray cable to ground.

The yellow cables are 12v (this one you connect to the amp), red cables 5v (this one go to the ipod usb), black cables (ground) and other like orange, purple (wont use them).

I took a usb male connector, put on it 5v - red cable - 150k resistor - 150k resistor - ground

As you can see in the pictures it doesnt fit well so i cutted a piece of hard paper (bussiness card) so it could fit an make contact.

Afterwards i realized that it doesnt charged the ipod touch, as a serendipity i found that it needed to make ground with the ipod usb plate, so i took a gound cable from the power supply and pasted it there to make ground. after all is made i applied hot glue.

Step 3: Adapting the base for ipod touch

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After you know that the usb base its working, you have to adapt the base.
I just took the base, plugged the ipod touch from the back and applied hot glue.
Next step its to drill a hole for the jack adaptor.

After checking all fits apply hot glue.
pchalita (author) 5 years ago
I believe that if the usb cord is replaced by an charging A/V out cable (found generic ones everywhere) the jack plug can be avoided making it available for all ipods. It is just matter of trying it.
Artekus6 years ago
This is really cool! What did you use for the iPod base?
pchalita (author)  Artekus5 years ago
sorry for the late answer. just a regular ipod base (the one that comes with the ipod)
iamtoats6 years ago
I don't think holding the speakers in with zip ties is very sufficient... The speakers will definitely rattle, and make all sorts of noise. (I have a pair of old Bose speakers, I can tell whenever the screws start to loosen up) Its better to make proper holes in the front, screw in the speakers, and get a better sound.
pchalita (author)  iamtoats6 years ago
i had the same problem in the past with loosen screws... thats why i started tie them with zip, and until now i haven heard those little anoying noises the speakers make when set unproperly. That its just my opinion. You can try it and make your own. Grats Mate
How does it sound?
pchalita (author)  spacepirate046 years ago
the sound its very good, maybe an inclusion of a equalizer would make it excellent but still the sound it very good.