Top Ten: DIY Charging Stations Revisted

Top Ten: DIY Charging Stations Revisted

Anthony Nguyen
Jun 5, 2008

We've covered DIY charging stations before, but never like this. We've rounded up the latest and greatest ideas from our last run and added a bunch of other finds within the recent months. Now pick those tangled wires up, grab a hacksaw, and start building your own charging station today!

1) Lisa's Memory Dock Box: You'll need a cardboard box, a surge protector, and an X-Acto knife to cut holes. The end result is a clutter-free box that's both functional and good looking!

2) Sean's Electron Monument: "Made from a dying oak from some street in Olympia that had to be cut down. The top is Zebrawood and Rosewood and all finished in that great Osmo non-toxic oil. Steel legs with inlaid steel in the front glowing outlet icon. Inside the box are six outlets for all the corded mess of our rechargable toys. The glowing light is a LED that uses almost no electricity. Switch on the back shuts the power down to the whole thing when not in use."

3) IKEA Charging Box with Switches: Using an original IKEA box and lid, 4 power plugs, 4 electrical switches, electrical wiring, and connectors. You simply cut, install, wire the switches, connect the power, and voila!

4) GeekBrief Gadget Organizer: The demonstration uses a spade bit in which to drill holes in the back of the shoe organizer. The next step (not shown) is to mount a powerstrip on the back of the shoe organizer. Labels affixed on the edge of each cubby keep everything in it's place. You can find the shoe container at Container Store. Photo courtesy of David Reber.

5) Gina's Nightstand Charging Station: By drilling holes through that flimsy cardboard back, you can hide wires and tuck a power strip beneath of a very clean, tied-in, and convenient charging station right by your bed.

6) Vintage Minnow Bucket Charging Station: Drilling holes in both the outer bucket (with the charming minnow graphics) and the inner bucket, switching out lids, some relatively tedious wiring, and you've got yourself a sweet vintage station unlike any other.

7) IKEA Super-Minimal Station: Using a FAKTUM 92 x 40 kitchen wall cabinet with its ABSTRAKT door, you can drill one hole out for the main power whilst housing anything up to a media center (they used a Mac Mini in this example) to play movies on the television above.

8) Cheapest, Easiest, DIY Box Ever: Those who aren't a fan of fancy are in luck. Using a cheap plastic container at Hema, a discounted compact power hub, and a few cuts for cables, you've got yourself the easiest clutter saver you'll ever make. Photo courtesy sustainablerotterdam.

9) Cara's Juice Charging Station: Those feeling more adventurous and desiring more than just a box with wires coming out of it will find Cara's solution very much appealing. Not only does she design the box to be relatively sturdy in strength, but she also provides instructions on how to build those little dividers so all of your gizmos have a proper home to reside in.

10) Soon-To-Be Hacked Pottery Barn Bento Box: While we love Pottery Barn, we can't justify a $100 price tag on a shiny box that just holds wires. As suggest by Geeksugar herself, this is just too easy of a hack to pass up. Stop by your local jewelry shop to ask for a necklace box they've got laying around, cut a few holes, and boom! Instantaneous DIY satisfaction!

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