Computers & Mobile
Dog-simple phone charging station

Over at the Steampunk Workshop, Jake von Slatt posted this brief item:

Here’s a dead simple cell phone charging station I installed next to our main entrance. It’s just a pair of hangers of the sort you’d use in the garage to store a shovel or a rake. If your wall isn’t made of barn-board like ours, you can screw the hangers into a block of wood and use regular drywall anchors to attach it.

Note: if you have an older phone with a transformer type wall wart you’ll want to add a power strip with a switch since those older supplies drew nearly the same amount of power when disconnected from the phone as they did when charging it.

Steampunk Workshop

20 thoughts on “Dog-simple phone charging station

  1. I use a similar system that costs less, looks better, and doesn’t leave a hole in the wall…. I plug in the phone and leave it on the TV stand.

  2. At my very first glace of the title and the picture before I scrolled down made me think that the pencil sharpener was going to be part of the charging system. I have to admit the post was a little anti-climatic for me.


    He screwed two wall hangers into a wall and called it a charging station? You thought that was cool enough to post?!

  4. Yes. And yes.

    And the post has absolutely nothing to do with Jake von Slatt. It’s a very simple solution I happen to like. You either do or you don’t. If you don’t, move along.

    And the phones won’t fall. As you can see from the black cord, there’s a knot, so if a phone “falls,” it won’t go very far.

  5. LOL! 6 comments so far, wow!

    Truth is I didn’t think that this was worth a post when I installed the hooks, it was just a quick fix because I got tired of bending over to retrieve the charger cord when I plugged in the phone.

    Now it’s three years later they just work so freaking well I’d thought I’d share.

  6. It makes sense to post it on your blog, Jake, afterall, it’s something you did and wanted to share. My point was it has to be a very slow news day (or something over at the Steampunk Workshop) to have a Make post about two wall hangers with cords knotted around them called “charging stations”.

  7. That was my first thought when I saw this. The phone is not repackaged into an elaborately etched and over-engineered brass case, the hooks are regular plastic coated store-bought offerings rather than hand forged and electroplated with copper and bearing all manner of flourishes – and is that a mundane ’70s era wall-mounted rotary pencil sharpener I see?

    Nay, this be not the work of Jake von Slatt!

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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