Introduction: IPod Light Up USB Display Case

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I made this IPod Display case that lights up from the power of a usb port.

Step 1: Materials

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_- Materials -_
* IPod Cable (possibly broken as long as you have the usb end)
* Cotton Balls
* Plastic Case (the ones IPods come in)
* A Light or LED (you might be able to find this in an old/broken electronic)
* Electric Tape

_- Tools -_
* Glue Gun
* Drill (or something to make a hole through the plastic)

Step 2: Cut the USB Cord

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strip the outer white part to reveal the 4 inner cords (red, black, white, and green) now you need to strip the red and black ones see the picture below

Step 3: Drill a Hole

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drill a hole in the bottom of the case and insert the usb cord through it

Step 4: Attach a Light

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put the red with the red and the black with the black and electric tape it together (if your using LEDs plug the usb  in and make sure the light turns on so you will have it connected the right way)

Step 5: Glue the Light in Place

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Use the glue gun to place the light in the center of the case.

Step 6: Glue the Cotton Down

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pull the parts apart so they are loose and glue them all around

Step 7: Your Done!

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Plug in the usb and enjoy your new ipod display case


andyspam (author)2010-02-15

 Great job, there is a few tweeks you should do (i did)    you should wire it all back to the end that the ipod goes into and tape that so it can still charge.

jimi123 (author)andyspam2010-10-06

Hi sorry was thinking of doing this how would i make it so I could make it light up and charge?

davej6694 (author)andyspam2010-02-16

thanks for the input!

andyspam (author)davej66942010-02-16

 No problem

Kasm279 (author)2010-02-11

 I would have made it so that the iPod charges and syncs while in the case and possibly made it so that when the iPod is plugged in it lights up. Good 'ible :D

davej6694 (author)Kasm2792010-02-12

thank you, you could always drill a hole through the bottom and but a connector cord through it so it would charge also but that would require 2 usb ports being used

Kasm279 (author)davej66942010-02-12

 maybe, but if you had a low enough amper LED then you could just solder it to the same USB cable that the iPod is plugged into

timothymh (author)2010-02-10

 And this is

davej6694 (author)timothymh2010-02-10

you can use a broken usb cord and you can get the lights from broken electronics too

timothymh (author)davej66942010-02-10

 Yeah, but...

Forget it, it's not worth arguing over semantics.

TSC (author)2010-02-10

nice ipod good job on the instructable

davej6694 (author)TSC2010-02-10

thank you... your subscription means a lot to me

iamtoats (author)2010-02-10

 I would have connected the the light to some fiber-optic cables and ran them around inside... 

I don't know too much about light transfer, but I think the light just reflects off the case mostly and hits the cotton balls. This would explain the very low amount coming from the bottom.

davej6694 (author)iamtoats2010-02-10

well its really up to you, this is just the main idea it has a lot of room for your own creativity but thank you for your input

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