Is your house overrun by iPad and iPhone chargers, or even any other USB charging device like Android Cell phone, camera, tablets and anything else that may need a USB to charge? If your house is anything like mine, you probably are running out of places to plug all these electronic devise in to charge. It drives me crazy to have a phone, a camera, a tablet or my iPad all over the house because we don’t have enough outlets to charge them all in one place.
I hate clutter and face it, cords are always clutter and all over the place. If your house looks anything like mine, check out below how I managed to create a simple #DIY charging station that will be permanent and looks nice in any room of your home.
Another thing that drove me crazy, the iPhones and iPad’s with the new charging cords, the 8pin cords. Did you know they only charge with their very own charging cube? Yeah took me I don’t know how many months to figure that out. We have additional USB cubes all over the house, you know, you can buy them at any local store, Amazon.com or even drug stores for a fraction of the cost. They usually work very well, but not for the iPad mini or the iPhones that have the 8 pin charging cords. They will NOT charge or take days to even charge. Or did I miss anything? Is yours charging?
Drove me crazy that my iPad never got charged and I had a heck of a time to get 2% battery even after 12 hrs. on the charging outlet. I was ready to sell the iPad mini because I could never get it to charge, till I realized they have to have their very own cube that came with the iPad mini in order for it to charge, how stupid is that? Especially since we have these cubes all over the house and never know which one is for what product. I knew there had to be a better way to charge my iPad mini along with all our other electronics (Yes… I’m a huge Apple fan, what can I say… BUT this DIY post will work with any USB charger, trust me!!).
I was so mad last week that I could not get the iPad mini to charge and told my husband that someone needs to invent USB outlets for the wall and that’s when it hit me that Amazon may have them already, surely someone had to come up with them by now and I bet they are already standard in many new home construction. Low and behold it didn’t took me long at all and I found the USB Wall outlet Chargers. They have different models, some with 2 USB ports and a regular outlet some without a regular outlet. I really wanted the one with 4 USB ports that would give me enough charging power for 4 devices at once and no lost charging cubes and electronics all over the house. I was sold, the price wasn’t too bad $20 and up, you may be able to find these at your local hardware store, too.
Installation was simple, I always change my own power outlets so for me it wasn’t a problem to connect the white to the white, the black to the black and the green ground to the green, tight it up and screw back into the wall. Took me about 15 minutes or so. Be sure to turn off your power to the outlet you are replacing. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, I’m sure any electrician will be happy to help you.
The USB charger came only with 1 white, 1 black and 1 green my wall however had 2 white and 2 black along with the green ground, per instructions (goggled online) pigtail the two white together and attach with the screws to the white wire on the charger and do the same with the black, make sure they are all tightly screwed together. That’s it! Now I have a 4 USB port wall charger, I’m on cloud 9 and would love to replace one outlet in every room, this is too cool!!
The nice part, the Wall USB charger has enough power to power 4 USB devices at once, including the iPad Mini and any of the 8 pin charging devices from Apple, no problem at all! No more lost cubes, no more cords all over the house. All are on one charger and that’s it!! Ahhh the future is awesome, isn’t it??
Now you already know that I couldn’t stop there. I still would have cords over the place now 4 in the same place, so I decided to head out to Target and I found this simple desk organizer for $10 and I figured it would be perfect to hold 4 devices and I could hide the cords, too.
It’s nothing too fancy, but it will fit my décor and will hide the cord clutter very nicely. I drilled some holes in the bottom of the desk organizer, since it was wood, I had no problem at all. They sell them in cardboard and other styles as well. I found some cool metal ones that I loved, but I had nothing to get holes into the metal so for now I had to settle with the wood desk organizer, if you want to find some styles for your home, checkout Amazon.com they have a lot of different ones to choose from and I bet you will find something that fits your style and budget.
Yeah, getting the holes into the bottom was a challenge on its own, but I managed to get some in with a drill, sandpaper and a sharp knife, I’m sure there are better ways to do that, so feel free to get the holes in yours anyway you like. I hate waiting for my husband if I have something on my mind so any which way I can get to where I need to go will do! This sure worked pretty good, in the end putting the holes into the bottom of the desk organizer took me longer then adding the USB wall outlet. HAHA. Since my desk organizer had little felt bottoms, I did not have to adjust the height for the cords to fit underneath to keep it steady that was a plus. If yours sits flat you may want to think about picking up some felt circles and stick them in the bottom so your cords won’t be squished.
There you have my simple #DIY iPad & iPhone charging station that will fit nicely into my décor and will charge all of my electronics at once. The cost was about $40 for the charger base and the desk organizer, so not too expensive for a little organization and no more looking for cords or the charging cubes all over the house was worth it to me!
Another fun USB accessories that I adore and think is super coo are the light chargers. They are so cool, they light up when they start charging your USB devices like iPad, iPhone or even Android tablet and phones (You just have to buy the cord that fits your device). Once the charging process is over the light will eliminate and you know your device is charged. I love to know that my charger is working and with the ones that light up you will always know if the device is actually charging OR if you are wasting your time and find out down the road that the cord really didn’t charge, happened to me all too often. Not anymore thanks to the light up charging cords. Just a little tip on the side… hahah you will love them, guaranteed!
Are you tired of cord and charger clutter all over the place? Would love to hear how you like this idea, leave me a comment below or on my Facebook page. For more DIY ideas be sure to visit my Pinterest
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