Introduction: Portable Speaker!

I've been planning to make this for a while now but never had the time. I finally managed to make it. First thing needed are USB Powered Speakers with an AUX cable. I purchased mine at a local Thrifty Shopper for only $2! The goal: Replace USB power with a 9v battery.

Step 1: 5v Regulator

Soldering is needed to make the 5v regulator.

You will need:

  • 9v battery
  • 9v battery clip
  • protoboard
  • 5v regulator
  • 2, 1uF caps
  • on/off switch

I am using a schematic from this page. I added a switch between the battery and the regulator.

After assembling the regulator we will put it aside.

Step 2: Disconnect Speaker

Since I'm only going to be using one speaker the other one is useless to me (at least for this project.) I disconnected it and tossed it into my parts box. Then I connected the left and right channels in order to receive both left and right channels from one speaker.

Step 3: Connect 5v Regulator

Follow the USB cable to the circuit board and to be sure, measure the voltage to get the correct polarity. In my case white was (-) and blue was (+).

Then I desoldered the USB cable (save it for another project!) and connected the 5v regulator circuit, red to positive and black to negative.

Step 4: Connect Switch

I then made a cut-out for the switch and connected it in series with the battery and the regulator. I attached the battery with Velcro to the inside-top of the speaker.

Step 5: Finished Product!

Last thing to do is flip the switch, plug in your aux cable, and enjoy your music!

Comments

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JakeA34 (author)2016-07-02

This is great. I turned mine into a boom box. Now partying with friends outdoors or hiking is fun! Thanks for posting this!

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zikzak1 (author)2014-02-21

These are fun! I made one back in the 70's in a 10" square box, Decent speaker, 8 D batteries, and an amplifier board from an 8 Track car stereo. It was loud, and ate batteries way too fast, but we used it a lot playing frisbee. Best part, had to lug that and a portable cassette deck around on youre bike! Portable cassette recorders werent all that small nor light either! I think i like youre project better. Lots easier to make and not so power hungry!

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