Intro: Homemade Charging Station
This is a rather simple charging station I made out of a paper tray, some cardboard, and extension cords and outlet extenders. It doesn't take much work, and it takes about 5-10 minutes depending on what materials you are using.
Step 1: Gather Parts/Materials
These are the materials required:
2 AC Extension Calbes
Something to cut with
You can also use an outlet extender (as I call it, second image) if you want.
Step 2: Make the Separator
The separator is going to act as a visual barrier between the flood of transformers into an organized bliss. To make it, you just need to measure up the box to your paper tray, then mark it with your pen.
Next, cut the marked area with your cutting tool, then make some notches for the cables to go through.
You may want to make a larger separator if you want your transformers to be completely covered.
When you are done, simply place the seperator in the paper tray vertically. If you cut it right, it should just stay in there, You may have to get some tape if it doesn't fit all the way.
Step 3: Install the Extension Cables
This is the easiest step Just place the extension cable's input end on the side of the paper tray with the back guard. The separator should be close enough to these inputs so transformers and cable loops are able to fit.
If the cables just won't stay, go ahead and tape it down.
If you are using the outlet extender, then you still need the two extension cables. You don't really need to tape this down, but you will have to figure out yourself how to use both extension cables to power both columns of the extender. What I did was plug in one of the extension cables to the other, which can be dangerous in some cases, so use brand new extension cables.
Step 4: Connecting Your Chargers
To connect your chargers, just plug em in to the input plug, loop the cable up, and feed it through the notches. Simple, yet easy.
Step 5: (Optional) Making a "Celling" for the Transformer Area
Making the celling will hide your transformers from being seen all the time. The reason why this is optional is because some people might put this under another paper tray.
You can make this celling by measuring up with the cardboard again, and making pen markings again that will fit from the separator to the back of the paper tray. Tape the front end (the separator) so the celling can flap open so you can replace transformers.
Step 6: The Final Product
Now you have a decent charging station for all your needs. It may not look spectacular, but it works. Go ahead, paint the cardboard to match the paper tray. Paint both the tray and the cardboard to match your room.
If you ever want to replace or add new cables, you just need to open the celling (if applicable), take out the cable from the notch and unplug and remove the adapter (if replacing) then plug in the new adapter, feed it through a notch, and you are done!