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DIY USB Altoids Charger Powers Your Gadgets on the Go

Clever Altoids-Tin-Chargers abound, but many feature complex builds. This DIY charger feature a simple schematic more suited for beginners.

Powered by a 9v battery this Altoids Tin hack is suitable for both regular USB devices and iPhone/iPods (as the design includes power on the extra USB lines that Apple devices require). Watch the above video to see it in action and then hit up the link below for the whole step-by-step guide at

Make a USB iPhone/iPod Charger on the Cheap [Instructables]

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 11/3/11

Comments (1)

  1. Christian Apicella

    Very Cool.
    I wonder if you could make one that you can recharge, maybe even from USB.
    I mean, of course one could do that, but could it fit into the all important Altoids case, using the DIY scale?
    I have used Altoids cases for controls for various things so I love this.
    Way to go.
    What kind of charge do you get for an iPod?

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