Introduction: Make a Mini Speaker

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It was designed to be a as small as possible(so I could use it in school, shh...), and it's fairly simple.

Ya Need:

-PVC pipe that roughly matches the size of the speaker
-a pair of headphones that you are willing to destroy
-super glue
-soldering iron
-more super glue

Sorry, I already made it, but you can still see inside of it.

Step 1: Cut Headphones and Solder

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Cut around 5 inches from the end of the cord. Strip an inch off and you'll notice 3 wires inside. Usually two are insulated. Just twist those two together, making the positive wire. The other one will be negative. Burn or melt(with soldering iron) the insulation off of the positive(the two you twisted). Then plug in your music player and touch it to the speaker thingyz to make sure it works before you solder. If it works you can solder 'em up, but make sure you grab the handle. Unfortunately, I missed.

Step 2: Cut PVC

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I am going to warn you, shit gets EVERYWHERE when you cut PVC. I used the Dremel and cut it a bit longer than the speaker, then I sanded it and smoothed it out. I used the "male PVC" so the bottom was nice and curved since I cut the part with the threads off. This is the case.

Step 3: Make a Lil' Hole

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Now it's time to drill the hole that the cord goes through. It needs to be big enough for the jack to fit through. Because of my shitty soldering, I wrapped the cord around the back of the speaker and super glued it down, in case someone wants to yank the cord and whatnot. Now, I don't have huge drill bits either so I just drilled a hole and then used the sander bit and smashed it through.

Step 4: Install the Speaker

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Put the speaker in and put the cord through the hole you made. The rim of the speaker should rest on the edge of the case. Turn it upside down and put super glue all around the edge on the inside. If the speaker doesn't fit, you should tape around the inside edge of the case with electrical or duct tape, until the rim rests on the case. In this case(yes pun intended), you might want to paint it later so the tape is hidden. Hopefully this doesn't happen. That would freakin' suck!

Step 5: Final Touches

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You can sand it or paint it or whatever. It's not my speaker.

You're damn done!


Aadav (author)2015-08-19

I asked how to make the speaker and not how to connect it to the ipod

susman (author)2011-11-25

I took Apart My Big Pc Speakers To Make A Portable One For My BlackBerry. But THe Volume Is Nearly Not as Much As That Of The Original One.

ya need power

roman912 (author)2012-04-22

please reply, do i need a battery to be connected to the speaker or does the ipod power it

jaredsalzano (author)roman9122012-04-22

The iPod powers the speaker. You don't need a battery.

Your ipod does not supply power, you will/could end up frying your ipod's jack

meme94 (author)2011-10-06


David97 (author)2011-09-06

This would work great using the amplfyer curcuit from this instructable.

rendezvu (author)2011-01-27

Hey Jared, nice work on the speakers! How long does it take for your battery to drain? Also, how loud does it get?

jaredsalzano (author)rendezvu2011-02-01

I never have problems with battery because I keep it in an Ihome, but i never recall it running out when using this.

It doesnt get too loud, but that depends on which you use. You cant blast it but its loud enough

TSC (author)2010-01-24

sweet nice job Jaredsalzano. look at  the one i did /


dagenius (author)2009-04-21

I made a speaker out of a juice bottle, but it looks wwwwaaaayyyy worse than yours. ;)

Ben The Builder (author)2009-04-09

Unless you keep the amplifier circuit with the speakers it should theoretically only be as loud as headphones, it will be louder because it is bigger but it will take more power that just the little bit from your ipod won't support, although this has gotten my creative ideas going

Bridel568 (author)2009-04-07


jaredsalzano (author)Bridel5682009-04-07

yeah, they're always saying only to use a drop.

vodo (author)2009-03-26

link please. thanks.

jaredsalzano (author)vodo2009-03-26

i'm not sure if that's the exact model but it looked exactly the same

vodo (author)2009-03-25

where did you get the speaker. its coool!!

jaredsalzano (author)vodo2009-03-25

well i took apart some mini ipod speakers because they were too big

vodo (author)2009-03-24

ken you use earbuds? o_o tanks!

jaredsalzano (author)vodo2009-03-24

you mean for the cable on the end? if so, yes, that will work. if you're talking about the speaker, no way! too quiet!

syzer (author)2009-02-17

May i know which type of speaker you have used ?? i mean of how much ohm

jaredsalzano (author)syzer2009-02-17

i'm not sure what kind, it doesn't say. if you are worried about size, i didn't measure anything in the making, but both the PVC and the speaker diameters are 2 inches

junits15 (author)2009-02-17


apurvh (author)2009-01-21

Can i connect my guitar with a processor to it?

jaredsalzano (author)apurvh2009-01-21

yeah why not? it wouldn't be too loud, but go ahead.

orangemusicbrandon (author)2009-01-19

I had an old ihome i destroyed for parts. It had 4 speakers. I took those with some old headphones and i had sound. Unfortunately, my ipod couldn't power these speakers, so i had to hook them up to a power source. At first i used an old cell phone battery, which worked until the battery died (old battery, no charger). I the n decided to make a contraption to convert the 110v outlet power to the speakers, since they were originally powered by outlet. Unfortunately, the wires were touching the metal external of my ipod when i plugged in into the outlet. I can now only hear out of one speaker.

aww that sucks. maybe you could power one speaker with batteries and one without? i wanted to make an adapter that you can plug multiple speakers into, and plug that into your ipod.

jaredsalzano (author)2009-01-17

yeah that would be cool, i just wanted a speaker that's bigger than headphones, but small enough to hide from my bio teacher. :)

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