You can pay hundreds of dollars for ‘commercial’ iPad charging stations and USB charging docks or you can create one for as little as $50.00 (AUD).
We have several devices at home so I wanted to create a ‘one stop charging spot’ where we can charge multiple devices simultaneously.
I searched through some online stores that are mostly located overseas and when you have to consider the purchase price, plus freight and taxes… I was stunned to say the least! You can buy USB port chargers but the ones that I have seen are not (yet) designed to ‘isolate’ the power or enable you to switch the chargers off individually when they not in use.
There had to be an easier and more affordable way to store and charge multiple devices in one place simultaneously. To my surprise, I found everything I needed for a modest budget at my local Officeworks and Bunnings Warehouse stores.
My DIY iPad charging station holds 4 mini or standard sized iPads. I purchased:
- a brochure holder for $27.38 (Officeworks – deflect-O 2 Tier A4 Brochure Holder)
- a packet of curly cable ties $4.88 (Officeworks – Wrapt Up Screw Clamps Small 3 Pack) and
- a power board $20.90 (Bunnings Warehouse – Arlec 1.8m Lead Powerboard Surge Protect) with and individual switches.
- Total $53.16 (AUD)
I found some clever ideas that other people have shared such as dish strainers, magazine racks, document holders and storage tubs. You can find some more great tips to build an iPad charging station on a budget here.
[iPad station] [DIY charging rack]
Images retrieved April 24, 2016 from:
[Wrapt up screw clamps] http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/wrapt-up-screw-clamps-small-3-pack-crcmscs
[DIY charging rack] https://au.pinterest.com/pin/64105994669152836/
[iPad station] https://au.pinterest.com/pin/485755509781973737/