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Convert Your Car’s Ashtray to a Smartphone Dock

Envious of modern cars that have built-in iPhone chargers and the like? Be jealous no more; this simple DIY tutorial guides you through converting the ashtray in your older ride into a smartphone dock.

Thanks to the work of Jason Torchinsky over at Jalopnik, you’ll have no trouble upgrading that ashtray (or any other small pull out compartment) into a dock for your smartphone or MP3 player. Although the car they use is from the 1970s, most cars built even in the last 10 years still have an ashtray or ashtray-like compartment you could use to follow along. Hit up the link below to read more about the project.

How To Turn Your Cars Ashtray Into A Smartphone Dock [Jalopnik]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/7/12

Comments (4)

  1. Ray

    Nice tip. Thanks.

  2. r

    …don’t have a car ashtray. Honda has done away with things like this
    looks like it gets in the way of the stereo anyway

  3. Henry

    What cars still have ash trays?

  4. David V.


    VW Beetle, I had one of those :)

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