This project is an attempt to build a practical USB charging station that you can connect to your solar setup or car battery to allow the simultaneous charging of several USB devices, in my case for camping trips. The unit supports six high current USB ports and one cigarette lighter socket, for the late-night top-up of inflatable mattresses….
A display is included to keep an eye on the voltage and current and a 16A circuit breaker for protection against eager cigarette socket users. A pack of 18650's also found its way into the box at the end of the project, because there was space, and can be handy for a quick phone top-up if an external power source is not available.
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: 3D Printed Parts
Step 2: Wiring
The wiring is fairly simple as per the included circuit diagram. I would suggest you use 4mm² wire as far as possible.
Step 3: Assembly and Test
The USB adapters from Banggood performed as advertised, and delivered 2.1A per port. I have not tested the trip current on the circuit breaker as yet, but I am sure that it will be tested soon by some dodgy device being plugged into the cigarette lighter port.