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From the Tips Box: DIY Projector Screens, Versatile In-Car USB Charging, and Reddit on Android

Tips-How-To-Geek-TemplateOnce a week we round up some of your great tips and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at a DIY projector screen, a cheap and versatile universal in-car charging station, and enjoying Reddit on your Android phone.

Ultra-Cheap DIY Projector Screen

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Marco writes in:

I scored a free projector from a friend and I wanted to set up a screen for it. While I wanted to go classier than projecting onto the wall I definitely didn’t want to drop like $300 on a commercial-grade screen. I used this tutorial that involves simple lumber framing and vinyl blackout cloth to make a screen for about $30. It might not look exactly like a $300 screen but it looks pretty good (and definitely better than the 10-time-less price would make you think).

Nice find, Marco! We’re currently in the process of building a screen using the technique we highlighted in this post—it’s a little more involved but still fairly inexpensive.

Enjoy Easy In-Car Charging with a Powerjolt

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Nicki writes in with the following de-cluttering tip:

I got so frustrated with all the stupid chargers I needed in my car for all my gadgets. The part that plugs into the receptacle is bulky so once you have a half dozen of them it clutters up your whole glove box. I found a perfect solution though! Griffin makes this dual-port USB charger that fits flush with your cigarette lighter hole (so flush it looks like it was practically stock with the car). Now I can leave that in the car and just change the cable when I need it. All the cables I need fit in a sandwich-size plastic baggy.

And for only $7! By the time you read this, ours should already be in the mail! Nice find Nicki.

Browse Reddit in Style with Reddit is Fun

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Frank writes in with the following time-wasting-tip:

Don’t know if you guys like to kill your free time on Reddit like I do, but if you do then I’ve got an app for you. I’ve been looking for a good Reddit app for my Android phone for some time now and I finally found one that offers a smooth interface and easy access to important features: Reddit is Fun. It’s free and easy to use whether you’re on a phone or tablet.

While we strive for peak productivity, killing time on Reddit is fun so we’ll definitely be checking out the app!


Have a tip or trick to share? Shoot us an email at tips@howtogeek.com.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/26/12

Comments (4)

  1. r

    “Powerjolt” sounds more like the name of some electrical torture device.
    For marketing reasons alone they should seriously rethink that.

  2. Dark Reality

    There are actually a ton of Reddit apps on Android, each with different merits. I think Reddit is Fun was just one of the first. There have been many since it came out. Baconreader is probably the nicest looking, but like all the others, it isn’t without its problems. Since nobody can make one that just works and is free, I simply point my mobile browser to i.reddit.com and go from there.

  3. Ernie

    The Home Depot carries a similar USB charger for your vehicle. They have both single and a double port versions. They’re around 10 bucks.

  4. Subbrilliant

    I think you forgot to post the link to Marco’s version of a DIY Projector Screen.

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