Portable Speaker in a Film Canister




Introduction: Portable Speaker in a Film Canister

This Instructable is for a quick and easy portable speaker made from an old headset and a film canister.

While the sound level that comes from a speaker headset is not exceptional (as it is designed to be next to your ear), they still make for a good little speaker for an old iPod or mp3 player without its own speaker.

The speaker fits easily in your pocket and is a nice little companion for your iPod or mp3 player on those days out and about.

Step 1: Collect the Parts and Tools

Parts Used:

1x Headset (I used one out of a phone headset which also had a microphone)
1x Film Canister

Tools Used:

Dremel / rotary cutting tool (or you could use a hand saw if you have neither of the before mentioned)
Selleys Knead It multi-purpose putty (or similar) OR bluetak

Step 2: Dismantling the Headset

1. Take apart the headset, removing the head band as well as the microphone if your headset has one.  

2. Remove the foam over the speaker

3. Since my headset had a microphone, I had to remove the microphone cable which was attached to the speaker cable so I was just left with the headset speaker, cable and 3.5mm jack

4. Cut the actual speaker out of the plastic which surrounds it using a rotary cutting tool or a hand saw.

Step 3: Assembling the Speaker

1. Once the speaker is fully removed from the headset, roll up the headphone cable and place a majority of it inside the film canister.

2. In my case the speaker was slightly too small to fit in the canister and needed to be given a wider casing to sit in the canister. Using Selleys Knead It (a putty which once the two parts are mixed becomes as hard as a rock within half an hour) or bluetak if you don't have any putty, wrap the speaker so that it is wider all around. 

3. Gently work the speaker in to the canister until it is low enough to allow for the lid to be placed on it later. Clean up the putty to look neat and remove excess amounts.

4. Once you are happy with the speaker's position, slide the headset cable in and out of the putty to widen the hole which it is slotted through so as to allow for the cable length to be adjusted once the putty has set. (This is allowed by the fact that there is some extra space under the speaker, despite the cable being 1m long)

5. Cut a slit in the lid of the film canister to allow for the cable to come through when the speaker is closed up

Step 4: Finished

There you have it, a super quick and simple portable speaker.

I'm sure there is plenty of room for improvement but the speaker does the job and fits nicely in the pocket.

For the speaker, any small magnet speaker would work (could grab one out of a computer etc.) and then you would just need to solder on a 3.5mm headphone jack from an old pair of headphones or speakers.

I was thinking you could buy a retractable headphone jack and then the cable would automatically retract once you were finished with it so you don't have to feed the cable back in to the canister after using it. 

Also, the design could be built on with the use of an amplified battery powered speaker for better sound quality and sound level.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    is this,.. a Joke...... a speaker in a headset has not enough to produce a loud volume,.,,,,,,,,, Tsk,,,,,, Epic,,,,,,, Nice try.......


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the encouragement mate... Being a great help to the maker community.

    The device is not trying to be a high powered speaker. It is trying to be a durable and portable speaker that will give sound capabilities to older devices such as iPod's etc. Anything is better than nothing in this case.

    People are free to adapt on this project and put in higher powered speakers if they like.

    James Maring
    James Maring

    5 years ago on Step 3

    Cool! Can I use an altoids tin rather than the little plastic canister?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Sure! You can use anything that will fit your chosen speaker!