The IKEA Charging Box - No More Cable Mess! Very Easy to Do

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Introduction: The IKEA Charging Box - No More Cable Mess! Very Easy to Do

Based on what I read on the web about cable clutter and mess ( mobile phone, PDA, iPod, etc. -chargers), I figured out how to make a simple and very easy to do charger box.

I made this especially regarding its simplicity and, why not, discrete and cool looks. Ah, and light weight plus reduced volume. You can place such a box anywhere.



http://www.metacafe.com/watch/714116/how_to_make_a_charger_box_very_easy_no_more_cable_mess/

Now I use in my home 2 boxes like that and they really saved me a lot of effort and stress, because all those cables (besides of being simply ugly lying on the floor) gather a lot of dust bunnies, like a fishermans net, when they lie around on the ground one on top of another.

Plus my cell phones, PDA, camera, electric razor all share now the same spot when they charge; and even when they are not. It helped not to place my phones/camera/other devices in the entire house any more, without any logic. Can you believe me, I almost lost one of my phones in the house because of that? Not a nice feeling when you're in a hurry not to be late at work..

Step 1: Ikea Box

Buy a box like that from IKEA.
Or just buy any similar box you can get at any store. Make sure it is not too small.

Step 2: Drill the Box!

Drill the box by using a larger drill bit, like the one shown in the video

Step 3: The Cables

Put the power cable inside, the chargers, and connect them.
You've done it, no more cable clutter! ;)
No more dust collectors.

Very easy to do and simply great. And cheap too!

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    26 Comments

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    agis68
    agis68

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, understood and easy. Thanks pal. Awesome idea. I have to do it immediately 5/5

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    InstructMeA
    InstructMeA

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I made one of these out of a cardboard shoebox. Would this be a fire hazard?

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    rfkraemer
    rfkraemer

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The idea is in principle ok, but you need to ensure sufficient holes to ensure air flow through the box. AC adapters (and other small electronics) are sized to be installed at room temperature. Often it is easier to hide the power splitters at the underside of a table.

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    LDW
    LDW

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Don't forget to unplug / switch off the chargers when you're not using them. 8% of the UK's power consumption goes on battery chargers / devices left on standby. Allegedly. Save the planet!

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    whatsisface
    whatsisface

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    How can that be possible when there is no load on the charger?

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    LDW
    LDW

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Follow this link:

    http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/aboutest/news/pressreleasesarchive/index.cfm?mode=view&press_id=535

    (item 2)

    Even without a load, the charger is using electricity. If you touch it, you'll feel it is warm: that heat is generated in the process of converting 240 volts to 20 (or whatever). Or attach an energy monitor and see how much energy is being used. On its own it may not seem significant, but according to the UK energy company Calor:

    "Most people do not know which domestic activities generate the most carbon emissions... 93 per cent of people failed to correctly place everyday appliances such as mobile phone chargers and plasma televisions in order of their carbon output... Numerous misconceptions were identified, such as the widespread belief that patio heaters generate more carbon emissions than televisions.

    In fact, televisions in the UK were found to generate 210 times the amount of carbon dioxide than patio heaters, while mobile phone chargers were found to be twice as harmful.

    Andrew Ford, corporate affairs manager at Calor, said that the survey was organised to find out how much consumers know about carbon emissions.

    He added: "Nearly a third said they would never use patio heaters due to their effects on the environment, yet most consumers still don't turn their TVs off standby, which is responsible for 37 times more CO2 emissions in the UK than patio heaters.""

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    whatsisface
    whatsisface

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    I would have thought this is only true for chargers that use a transformer, as opposed to other ones, such as a PSP charger, which when not under load is not warm.

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    technodude92
    technodude92

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Most wall warts use a transformer simply because it's easier to mass produce a charger with a transformer, diode bridge, a couple caps and a 78xx regulator, Than it is to produce a transformer-less wall wart such as the PSP charger.

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    LDW
    LDW

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Could be - I don't know much about PSP. But all the items shown here (mp3, mobile/ cell phone, camera, razor would have chargers that draw on the mains when not charging - or am I mistaken?

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    alexsim2004
    alexsim2004

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Doesnt matter - Ive found the name of the box

    The IKEA box as shown in the video is called 'SLUGIS'

    Link for:

    Box

    Lid

    Just a note for UK viewers - if you use the IKEA box as shown above - you can only fit a 4 socket extension inside the box.

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    bluesman
    bluesman

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The nice thing about the box is that it's not transparent. Bigger boxes were transparent and didn't look too good as a chaging station.

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    Cap_n_Scarlet
    Cap_n_Scarlet

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Yes! cool but the idea's been pilfered from some commercial offering (Maplin had something like it,fully waterproof for outside.) Old and busted toolbox alters the theme somewhat and instead of splitting the box to slip the wires through (as some of the plugs are not molded) take the plug apart then push the wire through and then rewire it within the box.

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    strods
    strods

    13 years ago on Introduction

    I think you're part way there to great idea. I would suggest adding a battery and a solar panel (or wire a solar panel to it and place the panel by a window or something.) That way you can charge the battery during the day, charge your gear while you sleep and all of it free. Just my 2 cents.

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    camiller
    camiller

    13 years ago on Introduction

    The only problem I have with this is that most of those power bricks throw of some heat and enclosing them in a box will keep that heat from dissipating. I would think that the life of the power brick would be shortened by the hot environment.

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    glitteringsky
    glitteringsky

    13 years ago on Introduction

    This is the most useful, simple and well done instructable I have seen all weekend. Great music direction! Thanks!

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    bluesman
    bluesman

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    It's about the same if not even lower than having that powerstrip full of chargers lying on the carpet or a wooden floor.