Introduction: Poké Ball Charger
Is Pokémon Go draining your battery? Instead of a standard charger brick, use a Poké Ball to charge your device while hunting Pokémon.
Step 1: Materials
plastic ball (I got mine at Party City. It's 5.5" in diameter and the two halves screw together.)
charger brick (Make sure it will fit within your ball with extra room for the cable. See step 10 to see what I had to do to make my cable fit.)
male to female usb cable
foam (I used a dollar store kick board.)
wood burner/soldering iron
white spray paint
sticker vinyl (black and white)
Silhouette cutter (Using the cutter is not entirely necessary, but will make it easier and faster.)
Step 2: Cut Foam
Trace half your ball onto the foam and cut it out.
Cut two more circles that are about an inch smaller than the one cut before it.
Trim the edge off one side of each circle so they're tapered as shown.
Trace your brick onto the largest circle and trim off the two sides.
When stacked, these pieces should fit nicely inside one half of your ball.
Step 3: Tie Down
To keep your brick from sliding around, add a velcro fastener to the center circle.
Trace the brick onto the center circle.
Punch a hole at the center of each line with scissors and thread the fastener through the holes.
Step 4: Tape
Now, tape the three pieces of foam to each other as shown.
When done, they should fit well in one half of the ball with the brick in the center.
Step 5: Paint
Spray paint the inside of the clear half of the ball with white spray paint.
Step 6: Vinyl Stripe
Cut a strip of vinyl .5" wide and apply it to the center of the ball.
I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut my strip, but a ruler and X-acto would work just fine. The attached file can be used with the Silhouette.
Step 7: Circles
Cut a 3" black circle and a 2" white circle from sticker vinyl.
Cut the white circle in half and cut .5" from the center of the black circle.
Step 8: Apply Circles
Apply the black circle halves first.
Lay the straight side of the circle half along the center, use an X-acto knife to cut down the center, then smooth down.
Apply the white circle halves starting with the curved side and cut off any excess at the bottom edge with an X-acto knife.
Step 9: Charger Port
Measure the male end of the usb cable.
Cut a hole in the vinyl at the center of the top half of the ball to match the male end of the usb cable.
Use a wood burner/soldering iron to melt a hole in the ball along the hole in the vinyl.
Stick the male end of the usb cable in the hole.
Step 10: USB Cable
Wrap a piece of foam around the inside of the male end of the usb cable and tape it in place.
Apply E-6000 to the outside edge of the male end of the usb cable.
Stick the female end of the usb cable into your charger. My usb cable stuck up so much it didn't quite fit. To fix this, I split the cable coating so I could bend it over more. I used a zip tie to hold it in place so the wires would be stressed. Hopefully you won't have to do this, but if you do, be careful not to cut any of the inner wires.
Step 11: Carrier
To attach the Poké Ball to your backpack or belt loop, melt two holes in the top of the ball.
Run a zip tie through with a keyring.
Then, attach a karabiner.
Step 12: Enjoy
Now, you'll never have to head home because your battery is dead. Happy hunting!