DIY USB Altoids Charger Powers Your Gadgets on the Go

By Jason Fitzpatrick on November 3rd, 2011

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 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 11/3/11
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