Make Your Own USB Mini Fridge For $5

Mini fridges are pretty neat and are perfect for having by your computer as you count down the time to pre-order the next generation iPhone. Although having a mini fridge near one's desk can take one back to their former dorm days in a not so aesthetically pleasing flashback fashion, we think if the fridge is small enough and able to be easily stowed like this DIY from Instructables, we can see how it would be quite handy to have around.

Instructables user Babblin5 shows us how to turn a 12V camper cooler into a USB mini fridge. Because he found the used camper cooler for $2.50, the whole project cost less than $5 to make.

In addition to the 12V camper cooler, you will need an old USB cable, heatsink tubing or electrical tape, a small piece of foam board, small hinges for the door, a small square of plexiglass, and a drawer pull.

For some lighting fun, add a battery powered LED to the list of supplies and mount it in the interior of the fridge.

Some of the tools needed for this project include a soldering iron, solder, Phillips head screwdriver, and needle nose pliers.

Check out the post on Instructables for the DIY instructions.

[Images Babblin5]