Cost: free. Recycling Power: Awesome. Creativity: Max.
Inspired by The Power Shelf (or the Drinn), Sean Michael Ragan from Makezine got moving on making his own outlet-mounted charging station from a shampoo bottle. "Most cell phones are provided with a very basic wall-wart charger, and you usually have to pay extra for a proper charging dock. The bundled charger is often unsightly in use, being just a transformer with a cord strung out to an end table or something where the cell phone rests. If you have a cat who likes to chew through cords, as I do, this can be more than just inelegant--it can be totally impractical. It's also a good project if you just hate, for aesthetic reasons, loose power cords strung out across the furniture."
- Appropriate empty bottle (See step 1)
- One sheet printer paper
- Scotch tape
- Goo-gone (optional)
- Isopropyl alcohol (optional)
- Utility knife
- Paint pen
- Drill with 5/16", 3/8", and 1/2" bits
- Candle or cigarette lighter