Rob was sick of misplaced chargers, scattered electronics, and the hunt for outlets to plug his gear in. Inspired by the charging stations he'd seen on Lifehacker, he built a spacious one for himself by turning a computer cabinet into a spacious charging station. After doing a little spring cleaning to get the clutter out of the cabinet, he secured several charging strips along the back of it to provide adequate power for all his gadgets. A small sheet of foam made for a soft surface to put his gadgets on, without them sliding or getting scratched up. The real geek cred, however, comes from the automatic lights. He already had the cabinet, so the additional outlay was minimal.
I wanted a light inside the cupboard, but not just any light. It had to be low-wattage and switch itself on when one of the doors opened. I scoured the internet for a kit suitable but couldn't see anything I liked. A friend had fitted LEDs to his motorcycle and I wondered about using them, but they would require a 12 volt transformer and I really couldn't be bothered trying to work that all out. Eventually I came across LED strip lights for fish tanks and bought one on eBay. It has 24 moonstone blue coloured LEDs in a strip of flexible plastic and comes with a mains transformer. £6.50. Cha-ching!
He went on to wire the lighting with a <reverse switch so the LED lights are only on when the door is open, the same way your fridge only lights up when you open the door. The end result is a compact charging station with room for all his small electronics like ipods, PDAs, and cameras, but there's enough room to even charge some laptops. Nice work Rob! For more information about his project and additional pictures, check out the link below.