Introduction: USB Car Power Bar
When my USB car charger died for the 3rd time in a year (Luckily previous were all replaced under warranty, Jimmy at the Telephone Booth is awesome!) I knew it was beyond replacement time now and I really wanted something more.
With the plethora of USB-powered/charged devices, I wanted something that could do more than one device and be more reliable that the retail ones in the store.
I had an idea, just needed a few parts/suggestions and I'd be all set.4-port USB Hub
Step 1: 4-port USB Mod
Ok, so this step isn't totally necessary but I figure I was exploring and wanted to see what it looked like inside any ways.
Ideally I wanted to polish the plastic scratch from the clear surface and re-paint the body to match the car. I can still do that later if I really want to. Also, since we have a lazer at Thinkhaus (http://www.thinkhaus.org) I had dreams of getting all fancy with etching the logo into the plastic and lighting it up with either the existing LED or add more. I settled for a printout of the logo set behind the clear cover. Best not to completely over do this :)
Step 2: Fixing Cheap Crap
Step 3: The 12V 4-port Power Center
Step 4: The Bench Setup
Step 5: The 12V 4-Port Power Station Failure
Step 6: 12V 4-port Power Staion Fixed
Step 7: If One End Is Bad....
Step 8: The In-car Setup
Step 9: I Have Power!
Step 10: My Dream Cradle
Step 11: That's It.
Well, that's it. Hope it gave you some ideas about doing one for your own car.