I was fed up having all devices cluttering around to charge all the time with different cables and connectors. So I needed a solid sort of rack to create a multiple device charging station.
And I found the IKEA KVISSLE letter tray to be right for this purpose. What’s best it’s metal and my connectors are magnetic so that’s a real plus!
IKEA items used:
- KVISSLE Letter tray, white – IKEA
Other materials and tools:
- Duct tape
- Anker 60W 10-ports USB-wall charger
- Magnetic USB Cable 3 in 1 Charging Cable for Fast Charging
- SOULWIT® 3-Pack Clips
- Drill to create some holes in the back
- Nail, hammer (optional)
Multiple device charging station instructions:
Before I assembled the KVISSLE, I took the back plate and marked with some dots — in the space between the shelves — where the cables will come through. I decided to align them all on one side.
Next, I got a hammer and hit the dot with a nail to create a dent in the back plate.
From the pilot hole, I drilled out the holes. I made them large enough for the cables to pass through.
An optional step to cover up the rough edges: Stick some stripes of duct tape on both sides of the hole and cut out the taped holes.
Then, I wired all the cables. I also added some cable clips on the back.
Lastly, I connected them to the 10 ports usb loader.
I pull out the tray drawer and place the device in. Then, attach the magnetic charger cables and magnetic tips to the device. Lastly, push the drawer back in and let the devices charge neatly tucked away, out of sight.
Some shots of how it works.
Pictured below are some magnetic tips on standby.
And magnetic charging cables seen in the picture below.
The benefit of using magnetic cables are the interchangeable charging tips. Switch to different tips (eg. Micro USB, Type C or i-Product) to charge different devices.
The tray is large enough to hold an iPad.
How long and how much did it cost?
- Kvissle is around €40
- USB loader 10 slots €30
- Magnetic cables €22×2 (optional)
- clips €8 (optional)
- time: one hour – max
What do you like most about the hack?
The fact it’s a really nice solid organizer to hold different items with the cork for protection.
Because it’s metal, my magnetic connectors hold the cables in place.
I have one central kill switch – and I don’t need to occupy 10 sockets.
Kids and myself don’t need to search or break specific connectors.
It’s extendable, actually I bought 2 of them but one is already large enough.
What was the hardest part about this hack?
Drilling and making the holes large enough.
What to pay special attention to?
Your fingers. 😄
Looking back, would you have done it differently?
You could consider to put the USB loader on another location or to take out a shelf and put the headsets inside.
~ by Mortier
Post updated on June 22, 2021 with more photos and details for greater clarity.