Steel Pegboard Makes For A Tidy Charging Station
Do you have a bunch of electronic devices that all have different styles of chargers and batteries? Of course you do, so does everyone else. While theres been some headway made towards standardizing on USB (and more recently, USB-C) for charging, there are still plenty of gadgets out there that march to the beat of their own DC adapter. For all those devices, [Tom Barnes] has a tip for making a cheap and easy centralized charging station.
The idea is to get a power strip, ideally one that has a switch on it, and use zip ties to attach it to a piece of pegboard. [Tom] used a nice black steel board which is obviously very strong and shouldnt be bothered by any potentially high temperatures, but you could get away with the hardware store MDF variety if you had to.
All your chargers, mounted around the periphery of the board with
Velcro hook and loop fasteners, have their individual power cords run through to the back of the board where they are nearly routed and zip tied. This is where using the steel pegboard really helped, as it has a lip around the edge that makes a void for all the wires to be run through when hung on the wall. If your particular flavor of pegboard doesnt have that space behind it, youd either have to settle for running the wires across the front or build out your own space in the back using a wooden frame.
Even in our high-tech world, no shop is truly complete without pegboard. Whether youre using it to vertically mount your development boards, or pushing it around on wheels to keep your tools close at hand, theres no shortage of ways to use this versatile material.