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How To Turn Your Car’s Ashtray Into a Smartphone Dock

Your friend and mine, Jason Torchinsky has created another wonderful, simple car hack. This time, he shows you how to convert the ashtray in your car into an iPhone dock.

The basic idea is really simple: let’s put an iPhone (or Android) dock inside the little drawer-like ashtray. Let’s get it hooked up to the car’s 12V for recharging, and patch it into the stereo. For many old cars, this solves the very big question of Where The Hell Did People in the 60s and 70s Put Their Nonexistent Cellphones? Cars now are full of little nooks and power jacks and phone connections. Old cars, not so much. My old Bug didn’t really even have a good dash-nook to put a phone, or even a cigarette lighter for power. I installed the 12V socket years ago, and this ashtray conversion will take care of the rest.

Jason isn’t just awesome for his incredible mind and illustration skills — he signs emails with this:

How To Turn Your Car’s Ashtray Into a Smartphone Dock on Jalopnik

34 thoughts on “How To Turn Your Car’s Ashtray Into a Smartphone Dock

    1. Hi guys, you’re right it was late at night! The link was at the bottom of the post, but I’ve also included it inline in the first sentence. Funny that that link in the bottom was hard to spot, sorry about that.

  1. It was late at night when he posted this article, perhaps he got as far as the title and then fell asleep. **shrugs**

  2. If only my ashtray were higher up so I didn’t have to glance down all the while whilst using the navigation function of my phone.

    However, a good use for something that many people no longer use in their car (along with the the lighter – except to power their phone!)


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