Intro: Dope Ass Beat Box
Mr."T" says, "I Pity the fool that don't got a Dope Ass Beat Box!"
Step 1: Tha' Score
I scored a pair of 9volt computer spkrs from Goodwill($3.99).I found a suitable enclosure @ HomeDepot, a pvc "T"-5 inch. A couple of 4 inch, white, end caps(2x$1.79).Also bought a green screen/cover(returned this item/didn't use).
I took apart the comp. spkrs and removed the amp/controls and spkrs.I also took the power input and headphones input(intact--for ease of plug-n-go).
Step 2: Tha' Lay Out
All pulled out and all re-snug'd up. Ready to do some fit'n and cut'n(but no stuf'n!) May need some guidance(reference material) and tha' blue tape(just cuz').Nail Polish--(optional).
Step 3: Amp/control, Battery and Cig Converter Assembly
I had a 12volt -3 amp hour gell cell @ home and used it for my Beat Box. More amp hour=more tune time(loads more!!!) I also had a garage sale score(cig lighter "12volt" converter)($1.00). I opened up the cig recept. end and added a connecton(2 wires) to connect to the battery. The cig coverter kit came with removable tips(universal). It had the exact tip.Plugged it in and now I have a connection from the 12 volt battery and through the 12volt cig converter, to 9volt plug in(to amp). Battery weighs 3 lbs. Recharge forever(no memory)($25.00). I had a 12volt -800mA trickel charger as well. They cost, like $30.00.
I drilled holes for the controls and little red power light. Mounted the amp/control inside of the end cap. Its held in place with a small plastic shelf. I extended the spkr wire, as I will be pull'n off the spkr end cap for iPod storage(it fits nice and snug-no problem with it coming off). I also placed a little piece of foam in the bottom of the "T", where the battery will sit(direct center).
Step 4: End Cap Install
I placed the amp/controls inside the"T" and then fit the end cap on to the controls. A little here and a little there, got the two pieces together. The plastic shelf has a hole that matches up with a hole on the amp board. After getting the 2 pieces together, I dropped a tiny screw(came out of the spkrs) into the hole(with neddle nose help). No movement. Sweeeet!
Step 5: Put'n It All Inside.
I finished up the spkr end cap and have pushed it on. The amp/control is mounted inside of the other end cap and is held in place with 2 drywall screws. I have pushed the battery down inside of the center of the "T". I have connected the cig converter to the battery and plugged the other end into the amp(power input receptacle).I have also attached an extra lead from each battery terminal. This is for charge'n. I have added 2 charge'n posts to the outside of the "T". On the inside, I have attached a lead from each post . Just pop the top and pull out the spkr. Make the connection from extra battery connection to post connection inside.Simple and efficient.There is a headphone jack attached to the amp but I did not mount it to the "T". I had an old, round, spkr around that fit inside the center of the "T". Sweeet! I added a wire to the spkr for ease of removal. The spkr screen fit over the outside of the "T", exactly! Double sweeet!
The other comp spkr cord(still attached to the amp) was modified to attach to the center spkr. I extended this spkr wire as well.Cig converter fit well on top of battery. All wires fit inside with no effort. I tied a knot on the input wire so it would not be pull'n on he amp as you mess with the iPod. I also made a slot in the "T"(spkr end cap side) for the input wire to hand out. This allows the spkr to be on the "T" and the iPod to be outside and not pull against the amp. No slot needed in the end cap.
Step 6: Spkr in Place and NANO Velcro'd in Position
I have placed the center spkr inside of the "T" and am just about ready for a test run.
Step 7: Control Side View
Step 8: Spkr End Cap View
I added a 3/8 inch piece of pvc to the spkr end cap. Its kind of a port. Works well and really sounds great. This baby pumps up tha' volume and will bust Dope Ass tunes for days! It takes about an hour or so, to charge the battery. Attach the aligator clips from the charger to the charge'n posts. Done!!!
The Dope Ass Beat Box weigs in @ 8 lbs.--Not light but not too heavy. Its also pretty bomb proof. The finished product has a carry sling attached, via Red Stripe Beer caps(washers) and a couple of small bolts and nuts. Ya' mon'!