Most cell phones are provided with a very basic wall-wart charger, and you usually have to pay extra for a proper charging dock. The bundled charger is often unsightly in use, being just a transformer with a cord strung out to an end table or something where the cell phone rests. If you have a cat who likes to chew through cords, as I do, this can be more than just inelegant–it can be totally impractical. It’s also a good project if you just hate, for aesthetic reasons, loose power cords strung out across the furniture.
- Appropriate empty bottle (See step 1)
- One sheet printer paper
- Scotch tape
- Goo-gone (optional)
- Isopropyl alcohol (optional)
- Utility knife
- Paint pen
- Drill with 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ bits
- Candle or cigarette lighter
Step 1: Step 1: Find a suitable bottle
Step 2: Step 2: Clean up the bottle
Step 3: Step 3: Cut off the bottle top
Step 4: Step 4: Cut out the tab
Step 5: Step 5: Draw cutting guideline
Step 6: Step 6: Cut sides and front of pocket
Step 7: Step 7: Mount the drilling template
Print out the image below at 300 dpi. It should come out 1″ square. Cut it out and tape it in place about 1/2″ from the top of the tab as shown.
Step 8: Step 8: Drill holes
Step 9: Notes and ideas
Instead of drilling a hole in the bottom of the bottle, you might try cutting a slit with a razor just long enough to slip the power connector through. The sides of the slit will grip the cord a bit, and should prevent it falling out when you don’t want it to. I haven’t had any problems with this, but I’ve also got an unusually bulky connector on my phone.
Also, if it bothers you, you could splice the cord on your charger way down to eliminate the big hanging coil when the phone is in place. Cover the joint in the cable with black heat-shrink tubing to make an attractive splice, or take the transformer casing apart, make the splice inside, and put it back together. It’ll still have to be insulated, of course, but it won’t matter so much if it’s neat.