Published on June 17th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Dual Phone Charging Station

Materials: RIBBA Frame (9×11), Micro-USB Y-splitter, foam sheet, felt sheet, dremel, tacky spray, epoxy glue.

With two phones having to charge at the same time I needed a way to use only one outlet to charge both and have less cables running aroung. I looked online for charging stations but found nothing really cheap and which would fit my living room decor. So I decided to make one for less than $10.

1. Take the RIBBA frame apart, discard the glass panel and mat. Rip the support “foot” from the back panel with pliers. You should now be left with the frame itself and the back panel.

2. Since the back panel is slightly smaller than the frame it was made bigger by wrapping it with a foam sheet first, then wrapped with a felt sheet. Everything glued with tacky spray. Both sheets provide cushioning and a scratch-free surface for the phones.

3. Drill a rectangular hole in the frame to fit the female end of the Y-splitter. Measure, drill and use a file for the corners. Slide the Y-Splitter in the hole. If loose you can glue it in place.

4. Glue the back panel onto the frame. Voila!

~ Phong, Irvine, CA

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6 Responses to Dual Phone Charging Station

  1. Robert says:

    Dude, so awesome! I’m actually gonna try this one it’s so simple.

  2. Stan says:

    What a great idea. I spent $12 on something like this that was for only one phone and yours looks much better.

  3. Guus says:

    Won’t one phone charge the other one if the main charger cable is unplugged or in a power outage? This might be unhealthy for the batteries.

  4. Anonymous says:

    all of this is to hide the splitter?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bear in mind that if you divide the power by 2, you will multiply by the same number the time it takes to charge.

    And maybe 0.25 Amps (USB gives around 0.5 Amps) it’s too low and could damage the battery. I suggest to use a charger that supplies 1 Amp or 1.5 Amps, more or less.

    • Anonymous says:

      If don’t even know if any Micro USB chargers will be 0.5amps. Most are 1A, and iphone or ipad chargers are near 2A now.

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