I don’t know about you but I have a lot of rechargeable devices. From battery chargers to rechargeable flashlights – there are lots of cables and plugs to keep up with. As part of my preps, I decided to try to get more organized and build a charging station.
One of the main purposes of this charging station is to have a portable and easy to use device which can be hooked up to my small solar system or generator – as well as 110v in normal grid-up conditions. Once hooked up – I can plug in multiple devices and get things powered up.
Here are some supplies I picked up:
plug-in multi-outlet, cable holders, wire ties, small screws, wood glue (not in picture)
A couple of small wood planks.
2 foot x 3 foot piece of wood
My basic design involved drilling multiple holes in the board which are used to feed the various charging wires through. The 110V plugs remain in back of the board while the device connectors dangle out the front of the holes. Each hole is for one device – and is labeled as such.
Front side - holes drilled and labeled
Backside - power strip mounted
On the upper right corner of the board is a mounted multi-plug outlet. This can be used if there are other low-voltage devices which may need charging. The outlet has a short cord running from it to a power strip which is mounted on the back of the board (not in pictures). The power strip can be used to plug several of the devices in at once while the power strip is powered by my solar system, generator, or regular on-grid outlet.
I also have added a small “shelf” to the board- and may add more – so that small devices can sit somewhere during the charging process. Hooks are mounted towards the top of the board so flashlights and such can hang while charging. On the backside a plastic storage box was mounted to hold the plug-end of the cords when not in use.
Cords fed through holes - ready to go
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Currently I have charging cords for several flashlights, battery chargers, and walkie-talkies. I still have plenty of room for expansion.
This is my first attempt - may make another with some improvements.