Make Your Own Boombox

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Introduction: Make Your Own Boombox

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In this project I will show you how to create a Boombox that mainly consists of a car radio, salvaged speakers and two 12V lead acid batteries. This upgraded version is louder and lighter than my previous Boombox and can play its tunes up to 9 hours continuously. Let's get started!

Step 1: Watch the Video!

The video gives you all the information you need to make your own Boombox. The following steps are just a couple of additional details to make your life easier.

Step 2: Order Your Components!

Here you can find a parts list with example sellers for your convenience (affiliate links).

Aliexpress:

1x Car Radio: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dUqGnrD

2x Lead Acid Battery: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTcBrVN

1x Charging Controller: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_Bf8e6gor

4x DPDT Switch: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dVBjPB1

2x Speaker: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d6HxD9d

1x Speaker Terminal: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dWp0lLt

1x AC Socket: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dZm8Ph9

1x 12V 10A Power Supply: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dYEs1aB

Amazon.de:

1x Car Radio: http://amzn.to/1XGBhPm

2x Lead Acid Battery: http://amzn.to/1TOpwnm

1x Charging Controller: http://amzn.to/1XGBqSU

4x DPDT Switch: http://amzn.to/1TOpRX8

2x Speaker: http://amzn.to/1XGB3b7

1x Speaker Terminal: http://amzn.to/1TOpAU7

1x AC Socket: http://amzn.to/1XGBx0K

1x 12V 10A Power Supply: http://amzn.to/1UmfgTk

1x Antenna: http://amzn.to/1UmeCFA

1x Wood Chest: http://amzn.to/1TOqPD1

Wago Terminals: http://amzn.to/1TOqGiI

Ebay:

1x Car Radio: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x Lead Acid Battery: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Charging Controller: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

4x DPDT Switch: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x Speaker: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Speaker Terminal: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x AC Socket: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 12V 10A Power Supply: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Antenna: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Wood Chest: -

Wago Terminals: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

Step 3: Test Your Circuit!

It is always a good idea to test your circuit before mounting all the components inside the wood chest. Feel free to use my wiring scheme to do so.

Step 4: Mount Your Components!

If your circuit worked perfectly it is time to relocate it inside the wood chest. You can use my attached pictures as a reference.

Step 5: Success!

You did it! You just created your own Boombox!

Feel free to check out my YouTube channel for more awesome projects:

http://www.youtube.com/user/greatscottlab
You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for news about upcoming projects and behind the scenes information:

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    54 Discussions

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    TJW17
    TJW17

    Question 1 year ago on Step 3

    What did you set the charge controller to charge the battery and can it charge 2 at a time in series

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    MartinS447
    MartinS447

    Question 1 year ago

    What are amp and volt settings on the charger ?

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    MartinS447
    MartinS447

    Question 1 year ago

    This it here

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    Cbus27
    Cbus27

    3 years ago

    How are batteries wired up ? Series or parallel ?

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    KieranM17
    KieranM17

    Reply 1 year ago

    I would assume parallel.

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    mark49cz
    mark49cz

    Reply 2 years ago

    Parallel

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    jason2926
    jason2926

    2 years ago

    Hello,

    I just ran across your video and love this idea. I have all of the things needed in my shop. I looked at your Instructable and I'm a bit confused on the wiring. Iknow that this project is old for you but can you give me a wiring guide?

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    jason2926
    jason2926

    Reply 2 years ago

    For the switches to the radio and the power supply is what I'm speaking about.

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    Injured_42
    Injured_42

    Reply 2 years ago

    Did you figure this out, im confused as well

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    patil12345
    patil12345

    Question 2 years ago

    hey i have three options to charge this battery

    1. battery with 12 smps.

    2. battery with 2A transformer and diode assembly

    3. using lm2596.

    which one is great for this arrangement.

    and will these power up radio if battery is not connecteed ??

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    patil12345
    patil12345

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    how much current does your tape takes??

    and how much current does your power supply takes??

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    wyatt741
    wyatt741

    Question 2 years ago on Step 5

    Is the second battery being used? It's hard to see in the pictures and the diagram is a little confusing.

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    AntonioC261
    AntonioC261

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    Hello, congratulations on your bombox, I did one a week ago, but I have some doubts.

    You can not send the complete schematic, because I see that the PSU is always connected to the battery, is not that bad?

    I'm a HIFI builder and I call myself Blink.

    Attached images.

    Regards and thank you

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    StephenR158
    StephenR158

    2 years ago

    Hi Scott, Thanks for the great video. I have built this partially, as in without the battery back up. Is there a way to use Li-Ion battery or any such equivalent to just make the Head unit remember time & last used source?

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    RenD
    RenD

    2 years ago

    Excellent, i will do it. tanks greatscott!

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    jasont205
    jasont205

    2 years ago

    Hey scot i have a speaker cabinet that has a crossover already in it do you think i could use the parts in this video to make it wireless so i can take it to the park to play bball to

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    Johnidoller
    Johnidoller

    2 years ago

    Where did u get handles

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    GreatScottLab
    GreatScottLab

    Reply 2 years ago

    Home improvement store