Well I wanted to use my iPod in the backyard using WiFi internet radio. Are you too cheap to buy one of those fancy expensive ipod amplifiers. Well what better way is to use a amplifier powered by those incredible little Eneloop batteries for dirt cheap.
I used a old beat up radio that I got at a thrift store for $1.50 gutted it and used the shell, including the battery compartment, speaker, amplifier and of course my iPod and bang, portable loud internet rechargeable radio that you can use for years to come.
Step 1: List of Items Needed
*Old radio; $1.50 at thrift store non-working
*Amplifier (from the original radio it self or from something else like portable speakers); $5.00
*Eneloop batteries (my radio needed 4 "C" size batteries); About $20.00 check on Google
*"C" size adapters (or "D" size adapters whatever your radio needs); $5.00 for four
*male to male 3.5mm connector; already had one laying around
*and a ipod or media player; already had mine
*Hooks and Loops (Velcro)
*Multimeter (it helps)
*Spare wires for testing
Step 2: Gut the Old Radio
I used the screw driver to take out most of the guts.
What I left was the tuner dial, all he swiches and knobs to glue on later, the speaker, and the head phone jack to use to plug the ipod into and the AC/DC switch to use for on/off.
The point being is to leave the radio looking normal from the outside.
This part is optional:
I still wanted the tuner dial with the station numbers to work.
The dial moves by a string and pulley system.
I cut the string short and then tied it so it can move the dial on the radio, purely aesthetics.
I then placed back the dial into the radio compartment and it moves as if it works. Great!
Next putting in the amplifier.