Introduction: ShowerPhones

I am hopelessly addicted to my mp3 player. Pretty much all day long I listen to music, audiobooks, MIT lectures (new science crush: Jeremy Wolfe) , podcasts, radio shows, and the like.

You might express my listening habits by saying:

IF Lithium Rain ! = = asleep THEN Headphones_are_on

And sometimes Headphones_are_on even if Lithium Rain ! = = awake ;)

So obviously it was very vexing to have to take off my earbuds and stop listening to my favorite radio show or my rockin' tunes every morning to take a shower. I get very bored while shaving and shampooing, all I can think is IwishIwishIwishIwishIwishIhadmyzune and on the whole it's not a particularly agreeable way to start the day, bereft of glorious melodies. I tried traditional shower radios, but they eat batteries like crazy, the sound is very tinny, and if you turn it up loud enough to hear over the water other people don't always appreciate it. Thus, the ShowerPhones were born!

(I tried entering this as a slideshow but it wouldn't let me, so it's kind of a hybrid-mutant instructable-after-the-fact / slideshow thing =] )

Step 1: If I Did It

This was my very first soldering job that turned out well, I'm kinda proud of it. =]
I wanted a long cord so I could move around freely, so I cut the jack off the end of a cheap pair of headphones and soldered on an extension from an old audio in cable.

Then I wrapped all the connections in electrical tape once I figured out that the wires were shorting one another out when they touched, and shrinkwrapped around the joint so it would be waterproof.

To waterproof the headphones, I took ziplock bags and made little pouches all around the ear bits. Then I took a lighter and melted the seams together all along the edge, and sealed the top and the bottom really well with, again, electrical tape. Don't breathe the smoke that results from this...

Step 2: Okay Okay I Confess...I Did It...

Finally, I took an old peanut butter jar and made a hole in the bottom and inserted the jack and a length of cord (so I could conveniently position the mp3 player without a lot of hassle). The question of how to attach it to the shower was rather unelegantly solved by using a quantity of putty, inasmuch as I had no suction cups or well-designed shelves in my shower, and did not want to use a wire rack that fit over the showerhead. The putty is totally waterproof, but slides downward over time and is goopy and dripping and messy - I really recommend using something else if you can.

The entire set-up works unexpectedly well - I've used this for a couple of months now, and not a drop of water gets in the peanut butter jar with teh music inside, and while a little bit of water has leaked inside the plastic around the headphones, it hasn't done anything bad yet, and seems to kind of drain out if left to its own devices for a little while.

It's not very pretty, but it's very functional, and I've been quite pleased with it.

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MorganGardiner made it! (author)2014-01-15

Cool.

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DJ Radio made it! (author)2010-04-18

Hey Lira, what headphones would you recommend buying?  And by headphones I mean earbuds that last more than 1 month and cancel noise.

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)2010-03-13

"IF Lithium Rain ! = = asleep THEN Headphones_are_on

And sometimes Headphones_are_on even if Lithium Rain ! = = awake"

He he. This may sound nerdy, but those statements made me think of geometry...theorems to your life!

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-13

Hehe, it's meant to be nerdy. It's pseudo-code (though I don't think it'd be quite the proper syntax for any real language), but geometry works too! :)

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232010-03-14

I like the more sophisticated (or downright nerdy) humor/discussions on this site! He he.

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Kryptonite made it! (author)Kryptonite2010-04-05

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jamesjamesjames made it! (author)2009-07-27

mmm gmjhowe, lube on my ears, no thanks haha!

I've invested in a waterproof in-wall/in-ceiling speaker (http://www.electronicstockists.com/uploadedimages/331015.jpg) made for boats/yachts and the like, I plan to run a wire through the attic and down to an audio faceplate (http://www.speakerrepair.com/ebaypics/bpwp/8_f_bx.jpg) on the wall of the adjacent room (my bedroom) which would then link via an audio amp to my stereo and tv :) so CDs, radio, TV (or digital radio from the TV) or my mp3 player via my stereo. I hope to post an instructable when i get around to doing it =:)

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gmjhowe made it! (author)gmjhowe2009-07-27

Erm, you can clean them out! So they end up the same as a fresh rubber glove. (if one was using earbuds, fingers off a rubber glove would work)

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-27

I was wondering how to do a pair of earbuds! Might I steal this fine idea for an earbud addition, kind sir?

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gmjhowe made it! (author)gmjhowe2009-07-27

Indeed, you may. You can actually buy these things called 'finger cots'. Would save the problem of the latex ripping. You can get them from alot of medical type home places.

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-07-27

You do know what those are for, right?

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gmjhowe made it! (author)gmjhowe2009-07-27

Considering my other suggestion was condoms, it does not really matter. If you also then consider that its not like your buying used items, it really does not matter at all.

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-07-28

Your finger sick-o.

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232010-03-13

Ha ha...oh wow.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-28

Please don't encourage him...

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iLikeCoolStuf made it! (author)iLikeCoolStuf2009-09-30

or use a condom

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AlfredoSG made it! (author)AlfredoSG2010-01-17

 Condoms for your todlers!

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Camisado made it! (author)Camisado2009-07-28

Lol. Win, just.... I mean, c'mon man, this'll impress Stephen Hawking himself!

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-27

Awesome, thanks!

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Robot Lover made it! (author)2010-03-02

i was going to remake this but with earbuds and i was hoping that it is alright with you. even tho you had the licsence for other people to remix i would like to advise you. ;)

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-02

Of course! I've had plans to do that but haven't gotten it done yet - please, remix the idea and show it off. Thanks for asking! :)

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northconnor made it! (author)2010-01-16

What kind of putty did you use?

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2010-01-17

Insulation putty - I had a lot lying around for some reason. Using putty for this project (instead of silicon sealant, for example) has its advantages and disadvantages - it's sticky and a little messy if you want to move it, but it's also flexible, easy to use, and completely water-tight with no more effort on your part than to smoosh it down.

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KnexFreek made it! (author)2010-01-08

haha! this is pretty awsom!

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2010-01-09

Thank you!

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Berkin made it! (author)2009-09-29

Awesomeness!!! I gave it 5 stars. :D

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-09-30

Thank you very much! :-)

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beauwalker23 made it! (author)2009-09-10

haha this is funny! But couldn't you just turn on your iHome? :]

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-09-10

Well, part of the fun is just in building things for the fun of it. If I had an iPod I might...but I like a little freedom with my music. And they're overly expensive for the features and memory IMO. :)

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beauwalker23 made it! (author)beauwalker232009-09-11

yes its true. apple is ripping us all off. go zune!

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Owenmon made it! (author)Owenmon2009-09-11

Woot Woot!

By the way, have you seen the Zune HD yet? :-D

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-09-11

Haha, I have a Zune, but it's not a lot better, honestly. I didn't know when I got it that you had to use their special software just to sync it, and using it as an external HDD is a big huge hairy deal to get working. Never. Again. Should've stuck with Sansa. :S

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ruch1v made it! (author)2009-08-10

id love to try this!

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-08-10

:) I hope you do! Post a picture of your setup if you try it!

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ruch1v made it! (author)ruch1v2009-08-10

haha a picture of me in the shower?

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-09-10

D:

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)2009-08-07

Thanks! :D

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DJ Radio made it! (author)2009-07-29

your avatar is funny. lolz.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-29

Hehe thanks! Caitlinsdad ftw!

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Bartboy made it! (author)Bartboy2009-08-03

What is it?

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Derin made it! (author)Derin2009-08-04

Some girl getting shocked in the shower LOL

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Bartboy made it! (author)2009-08-03

Interesting........

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CameronSS made it! (author)2009-07-29

Yay! ShowerPhones! Finally!

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-08-02

:D Yep!

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Derin made it! (author)2009-07-27

I'm actually being dragged out of my headphone addiction.My dad confiscated my earmuff-style headphones so I have to use my speakers

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-27

:( Hearing damage FTW! :D

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Derin made it! (author)Derin2009-07-29

I don't have hearing damage

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caitlinsdad made it! (author)2009-07-27

TMI, really, thanks for sharing.
Electricity + H2O does not mix.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-28

:'-D Mah new avatar, ah founds it!

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faileas made it! (author)2009-07-27

its probably better to use a proper sealer than a flame, there's handheld models which would be perfect for this. Alternately, for some reason i think those long narrow baloons people use for balloon animals might be perfect for this. Just curious, did you need to de-enarmel the headphone cables to solder them?

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