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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
DIY: Charging Station
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 1:52 AM --- Post#9102192263544761804

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This is the charging station I made. I got the idea from various videos online. Its nothing Rocket Science and you dun need skills of a case modder to do it.

The main purpose of this charging station are
1. Centralised charging of all your in-use gadgets; Convenient.

2. Cable manage your step down adaptors by hiding them all inside the box.

3. Easy retrieval of those adaptors to bring to school or work due to separation of the cables from other equipment as well as centralising.

4. Removal of ugly sight of having multiple adaptors on wall socket; having just one 3 pin plug, the power extension is hidden inside.

One major disadvantage is that you got to open up if you want only a certain number of adaptors to be switched on/off. Well, unless you dun mind wasting some power by the other 3 devices while only one is charging, which will save u the hassle of opening the box up as you just need to on/off from the wall power point. I read somewhere a nokia charger takes roughly 0.5W while its plugged in, powered on and not charging anything.

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1. Power Extension, you can use your favourite brand with surge protection. I used a cheap Taiyo cos I no money and cos its small. Bought from Cold Storage.

2. A Casing with lid, could be a box or a left over amp case, or even mini ITX casings. To keep things simple, I used a steel box that I bought from Ikea Tampines at 2 for $9.90. The set of 2 are of different sizes: 18x29x13 cm and 20x36x14 cm. Make sure you have enough length for your extension and enough depth and width for your adaptors.

3. Non-slip mat, I bought them at a few bucks from Dollar Value and cut them to size.

1. Power drill, the steel is thin, no need got impact drill. A battery operated one will do. Drill bit of up till 15mm for large connectors.
2. Scissors.
3. Double sided tape
4. Ruler
5. Small file.

1. Drill a roughly 8mm hole on the side of the box. File the edge so its not sharp. This hole if for the power cord to go through. For thin steel like the Ikea box, it would be good to clamp them on waste woods and use high torque mode and go slow.

2. Disassemble the 3-pin plug from the extension. Most of them are held by small screws to make assembling or disassembling easy. Take note of the positioning of the 3 wires. Ignore the fuse, and make sure there is a fuse there.

3. Feed the "3-pin plug"-less through the hole.

4. Reassemble and connect the 3-pin plug back to the power cord. Please take note of the live, neutral and earth wires and DO NOT mix them up and make sure the three wires aint touching each other. Make sure that you secure them properly. Ask for help if you are unsure.

5. Take the lid, and drill four (or any other number you deem fit) holes the same way you drilled the hole for power cord. Make sure the hole is big enough for the connectors of the adaptors.

6. Cut the non-slip mat to fit the shape of the lid. It serves to cover the big ugly holes as well. Use double sided tape to secure it onto the lid. Do take note that the non-slip mat has quite some holding power on the lid, and the use of double sided tape is just to make sure the mat wun move around when you are working on it. There is no necessity for the usage of strong adhesive.

7. Cut on the part of the map where the holes on the lid are. This is to let the connectors past through.

8. Hook up your adaptors according to the pictures and you are done!

Optional: You may want to label which connector is for which device.

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This is how it looks internally. As you can see, its nothing special, its simply a way to organise your charging adaptors. It is possible to keep extra length of the power cord inside the box. It is possible to add more adaptors via a power splitter, or using a bigger box with a more way extension.

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All the wires are kept inside, you can cable tie them up neatly if you want to.

Obviously this DIY charging station is made for ultra lazy ppl like me.

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