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Outlet-mount device charging pocket

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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.


Materials:

  • Appropriate empty bottle (See step 1)
  • One sheet printer paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Goo-gone (optional)
  • Isopropyl alcohol (optional)

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Paint pen
  • Printer
  • Drill with 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ bits
  • Candle or cigarette lighter
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Find a suitable bottle

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Obviously, the bottle needs to be plastic or other nonconductive material. If you try this with a metal bottle, you’ll destroy everything and probably injure yourself shorting out the wall socket. The bottle should have a flat back, more or less, so that it easily fits between the charger and the outlet. It needs to be thick and wide enough to hold your device, of course, and long enough to provide clearance below the wall-wart when inserting or removing said device. The one I made is 6″ long and works well for my phone and charger, but your own equipment may of course vary. Finally, the bottle musn’t be too thick, otherwise the force on the plug might obtain a significant “outward” component, which is probably ungood. As long as the force is mainly “down,” the limited weight of the phone, pouch, and charger should be easy for the plug to bear.

Step 2: Step 2: Clean up the bottle

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Peel off any labels on the bottle and remove any residual adhesive with an appropriate solvent. I love Goo-gone for this purpose–it cleans up gunk like nothing else I’ve ever used outside of a chemistry laboratory. After I used it, I gave the surface a final wipe-down with isopropyl alcohol.