[Maker’s Note] Battery Wall as Charging Station!

by Yun-Han Lin

A sneak peek of the procedure before we get started!

Preface

Our studio has been running for a year, and the number of equipment and tools increases when there are needs for new projects. Therefore, we have been meaning to build a charging station, and it was not until recently that we finally had time to work on it.

Origin

A Youtuber from the U.S., Cacey Neistat, shares a video introducing his studio, where there is a wall that serves as his charging station. He fixes the charger for cameras and drones to the wall and holds the cables in place using cable clips. With his method, you can actually find a trace of order among the cables climbing everywhere.

Source:Youtube《Casey Neistat Studio Tour!》
Source:Youtube《Casey Neistat Studio Tour!》

Design

Unlike the camera chargers that are light and small, most chargers for our electrical appliances are bulky and come with thick and long wires. On the other hand, we tried not to drill holes in concrete walls, so we used a wooden board as the base instead.

Work Notes

  • The items to be fixed included Makita battery charger, Bosch chargers x2, Canon battery charger, and extension cords.
  • A piece of 4.2mm plywood was cut into 60x40cm as the front of the wall.
  • On the back of the wall was a wooden frame to keep the cables in place. The material was wood slats that we got from some old furniture.
  • We fixed two slats into one using screws to thicken the frame, and the whole frame was fixed to the wooden board using staples.
  • There was a hole, hidden under each charger, for the cables to go through. Except for the hole for the Canon battery charger, others were drilled into a square shape so that charging plugs could fit through. The thing was, the plywood was quite thick, so we tried for a few times before we found the drill bit that worked better. We used a 2mm drill on an electric screwdriver to make a square along the dotted marks and then carved out the entire block. This process was easier than it seemed.
  • A cable tray was added to the lower edge of the wooden frame so that the cables can run smoothly along with the frame edge and be pulled out from the bottom to connect to the extension cord. The tray can be easily carved out using a drill press, a saw, and a file.
  • The extension cord and Makita battery charger came with a hole for the fixture, so we could simply fasten it to the wooden board with screws.
  • Bosch chargers and the Canon battery charger, in contrast, did not come with such holes, so we 3D-printed some parts to help with the fixture. Then we used industrial hot melt adhesive to fix the chargers to the power supply before screwing the whole charger base onto the wooden board.

3D-printed Parts

The 3D-printed parts to fix the Bosch charger and the Canon battery charger, as shown in the picture, were separate. Yet, the area to apply the adhesive was too small, and we feared that the charger base might be too fragile to hold the chargers. Therefore, we made some adjustments, as shown in the picture below, where a thin plate was used to connect the two holes. As the glued area increased, the chargers would not come off, regardless of the batteries’ weight.

The following are the items used in our design

Charger Base:

Tool:

Material:

  • Plywood: 4.2mm
  • Second-hand Wood Slats
  • Wood Screws
  • Staples

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