Introduction: Portable Ipod Speaker With LEDS!!!

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the fast and easy way to make a Portable ipod speaker

Step 1: Parts

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you will need an Altoids tin, a set of head phone, leds, AAA batters,Wire,switch, and a small speaker.

Tool: soldering iron, E-tape, and glue gun

Step 2: Strip the Head Phones

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Just cut them off so you can see the 2 different wires

Step 3: Make the Tin.

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Step 4: The Speaker

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the first thing you want to do is feed the cord through the side hole then to the speaker to be solder

Step 5: Now the Leds

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first you will need about five leds in to a parallel circuit and fold then like in the picture.

Step 6: Connecting the Switch

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to connecting the switch solder two wires like so then connect them to the batters (i used tape)

Step 7: Connecting the Leds

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solder the 2 wires to the leds

Step 8: Put It in the Tin

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Step 9: Finished!!!

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Dr.Dooglestein (author)2013-09-09

I noticed that you show AA batteries in the picture labeled "Parts" but you title them as AAA batteries. Which did you use?

pancho del rancho (author)2009-07-26

are they sound reactive btw good instructable its a 5

In order to make them sound reactive, you need to send the output from your iPod/MP3 player to the speaker and the LEDs.

thank you for the ranking since this is my first instructable but not my last

Not yet but i hope i can make them soon

drabinowitz (author)2011-08-23


pancho del rancho (author)2009-07-26

cool but do u have to solder it mine is out of gas can i use electrical tape and um i reall need this u show to red but on head phones theres always a left and right how would u distingish which

It doesn't really matter on which side you put the wire on. As long as you put all of the wires in the same circuit.

you can use e-tape and you only need one side it does madder if its left or rigth and there are always to different colored wires.

Coolboyme (author)2010-03-20

i love your led idea ToxicHanz.
well... i dont know much about electronics but still-
   I have been doing this pin and speaker thingy since the time i got my ipod nano 5g. but i think the sound's too low. is there any simple way of making it louder?

pickilo (author)2010-03-06

do i need to add the led lights in??

Philsterrox322 (author)2009-12-17

What do you need the LED's for?


knektek (author)2010-02-11

im doin this project @ school.

schoonovermr (author)2010-01-04

so if you went without the leds the batteries would not be needed, right?

 idk cuz they wud need 2 b powrd by sumthing..and the switch would neeed to give power to the speakers???

izatrini4eva (author)2010-02-06

 so its switch-battery-speaker?? and the led is wired to the _________

TSC (author)2010-01-29

where did you get the speaker?

SmAsH! (author)2009-12-15

wait, so the ipod is connected to the speaker?

paintsniper (author)2009-09-13

hey this is pretty much my design (not saying u took it its just great minds think slike ei) exept i used flashing led circuit so they flash to the rythm of the music and its not much bigger than urs p.s ur going great keep designing and im 13 so if ur older thn me u never know wat u could do ?

TheJokerKid (author)2009-08-06

did you have the speaker hooked up t the batteries

ToxicHanz (author)TheJokerKid2009-08-24

no i don't

TheJokerKid (author)2009-08-06

how do you hook up the batteries

TheJokerKid (author)2009-07-31

do you know how much these supllies should cost

ToxicHanz (author)TheJokerKid2009-07-31

well i got all of this from around my house but Altoids are like 2 then the speaker i don't know i got mine from a old toy from my sister, and head phone are like 1 from the dollar store

TheJokerKid (author)ToxicHanz2009-07-31

what toy did you get it from

ToxicHanz (author)TheJokerKid2009-07-31

well any toy that makes sound but i use one of those old keyboard toy thing

pancho del rancho (author)2009-07-29

i was able to research and i think if you put a lm386(its like a mini amp like a chip) i think that would give it enough bass so you should try it its like 2 bucks at radio shack its just hard to find one here but if u could that would be alsome

im trying to find a amp but i have been very lucky but i will post ti when i find one

oh okay i found 1 but i have no idea how to connect it

TheJokerKid (author)2009-07-30

is that picture of the lights on the tin or is it just a test?

ToxicHanz (author)TheJokerKid2009-07-30

that is a picture of the lights in the tin

poolshark162006 (author)2009-07-25

dont u need an amp for it to produce "louder" sound, your ipods internal "amp" cannot power that big of a speaker...? u can hear from it but probably quieter than using small head phones all the way up?? I might be wrong

Well pool shark i tested your idea with some skullcandy headphones then compared it to my speaker i made and the speaker was much louder

oh, i guess i was wrong, sorry

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