Super Simple Phone Charger

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Introduction: Super Simple Phone Charger

I've always liked pulling things apart - it's the putting back together again that I have some is...

This could possibly be one of the most simplest phone chargers you can make. I wanted to make a charger that could use a 9v battery to power-up my phone. The worst thing about having a phone charger which you charge via USB is you never remember to charge it!

After looking through a few 'ibles I came across this one by Hobbyman. I loved the simple design and the discussions around the batteries and charging modules. I actually went out and purchased an Ultrafire 18650 battery, charging module and a regulator but still haven't done anything with them. I was contemplating adding a phone charger inside an umbrella handle (still might!), but decided to make this simple charger instead.

I wanted a way to have a charger that I could replace the battery whenever it went flat. This way if I'm away from mains power, I can just buy a battery from the shop and charge away.

You virtually only need 3 parts to make this charger, a 9v battery holder, a battery and a step down voltage regulator. You don't even need to solder! The total cost including battery is about $7 to make.

I have charged my phone from flat to charged on one 9v energiser lithium battery. I suggest you get a good 9v battery to get the most charge possible.

Step 1: Parts to Gather

Parts:

1. Voltage regulator - eBay

2. 9v battery holder - eBay

3. 9v battery

Tools

1. Pliers

2. Good glue

3. Phillips Head screwdriver

Step 2: Cut the Wire

Steps:

1. Place the regulator on top of the battery holder and work out how much wire to trim on the holder. Remember, you need to be able to open the holder to get at the battery so don''t make the wires too short.

2. Attach the wires to the terminal section on the regulator and make sure everything fits correctly.

Step 3: Glue Down the Regulator

Steps:

1. Remove the wires from the terminal on the regulator.

2. Add some araldite glue or something similar to the bottom of the regulator and carefully place on top of the battery holder. The battery holder that I used has a built in on/off switch. This is important as you need to be able to turn off the regulator when not in use

3. Leave to dry.

Step 4: Final Steps

Steps:

1. Once the glue has dried, re-attach the wires to the regulator. Make sure that the polarities are correct, red to positive and black to negative.

2. Add the battery and test that the regulator comes on. There is a tiny LED that will come on which will indicate that it is being powered.

3. Plug in your phone using a iPhone cord or whatever type of phone you have and you should see it starting to charge.

That's it! You now have a charger that you can take anywhere. No worrying about charging as you ust replace the 9v when you need power.

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64 Discussions

How is it a DIY when all you do is plug in some wires and almost all of the things are pre-made ?

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Because, you are DOING IT YOURSELF! !

I just got myself a glass of water, WOW I DID IT MYSELF!

because you dont have someone else plug in the wires?

Good simple idea. Been looking for a cheap portable AUX. power pack for my GPS. (Internal bat. good for about three hours) Out stomping around in the boonys you can use that up fast. I used a 4 "D" battery pack rigged with a belt clip. Works Soooopoib!

Thanks.

why not use a portable battery insted?

Most smart phone batteries are 1500-3300mah.

A 9V battery has 50-400mah and at 500mw load has less than 300mah capacity.

You're also losing 30% of that 300mah thru the circuit.

Just exactly HOW much does this remaining 210mah charge your phone ???

Ref : http://www.powerstream.com/9V-Alkaline-tests.htm

I've been using step-up regulators, £2.10 for 5 on ebay (e.g. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271875496151) along with 2 or 4 AA batteries. These work down to 0.9 volt, so they will extract the last bit of energy from the AAs; even partially discharged ones will deliver enough charge to get your phone working for a while.

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I've had issues with using the cheap step-up regulators for my iPhone. I can't get them to charge! They work fine though for a Samsung and I used one in this 'ible.

Boost converters will be much more efficent, and AAA batteries are far cheaper than 9V.

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YES! - also AAA/AA's can be rechargeable.

Could you use the regulator from a car charger to make this?

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I think you would have issues as there wouldn't be enough amps. I could be wrong though

why should i use a 9v Battery to charge ones my phone?????

Thank you I will be giving this a try after my in car charger died unexpectedly yesterday and had no way of charging my phone on the go ?