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Battery-Charging Drawer

At Home with Technology, Special Issue Winter 2001

Keeping electronic devices charged is easier if you make it an evening ritual. Create a charging station in a nightstand with a back, a drawer, and an outlet close by.

Charging Drawer How-To
1. Drill matching holes in the back of the nightstand and the rear of the drawer.

2. Affix adhesive wire clips (available at office-supply stores) to the drawer bottom and cable, near holes.

3. Thread cords, leaving enough loose line so drawer can open; clip them, and tie on a 5-ounce fishing weight behind table to take up the slack when the drawer is closed.

Comments (18)

  • lmorsi 21 Jan, 2011

    Oh, I see now that this was taken from a 10-year-old issue. All makes sense now!

  • lmorsi 21 Jan, 2011

    I love the 10 year old technology she's charging in that drawer - is that a Nokia 3390?

  • wnt 20 Jan, 2011

    Yes, good to have a place, I'd suggest a power strip with switch because hot transformer-type chargers use power constantly- also with a built in surge protector for all those electronics.

  • Boscos_Mom 20 Jan, 2011

    What about a power strip in the drawer stuck down with velcro; you can plug all your devices in the power strip and keep the cords bundled up with velcro straps at the back of the drawer. I keep mine in my desk drawer in the home office so the microwaves are a room away =)

  • linuxgrl 5 Apr, 2010

    I have a "charging station" right where I leave my car keys. When I get home and set down my keys I also plug in my phone :D

  • kawhale 5 Apr, 2010

    I think is a very valid concern!. Thanks for your posting!

  • urbancounrtygirl 5 Apr, 2010

    Um, not trying to be a downer (it's a good idea!) but, anyone heard of limiting your exposure to electromagnetic fields? Cell phones use microwave rays and you're putting that near your head over night? I'd rather see Martha suggest using the top drawer of your dresser. These things should be at least four feet away from your body. Do your own research and decide, but I just wanted to pose the concern. It is a controversial subject, but constant exposure all day at work, and then all night?

  • simpledelight 30 Mar, 2010

    Beautiful idea! Thank you Martha. This is the solution for me and my husband, we have a pile of chargers and cables for our cellphones, cameras, and handheld game consoles.Thank you so much!

  • HungryCook 27 Nov, 2008

    One easy way of reducing the phantom load problem is to plug all the cords into a switched power strip, then plug the strip into the wall. When you're charging, click the switch on the power strip on. After you're done charging, click it off. No unplugging, but also no power wasted.

  • Rubysgirl 25 Nov, 2008

    I checked out socketpocket.com, but do not buy anything from a site that doesn't list the prices until you actually place an order. Besides, the socket pocket holds only one device and would take up a lot of space, in clear view not hidden away like Martha's suggestion. Could it be this reviewer is actually connected to the site she recommends?

  • tlsb 23 Nov, 2008

    Instead of threading individual cords, I put a power squid (grounded extension cord with 6 outlets of different lengths--hence the term squid) into the drawer of the desk in my breakfast room. I have room to plug in all my electronics as well as easy cord access since it lies flat and spreads across the drawer. The bed and bath stores also sell them with surge protectors.

  • DCM 23 Nov, 2008

    Check out Socket Pocket. It is easier and less intrusive. http://socketpocket.com/

  • EmilyHarvey 23 Nov, 2008

    I took a basket (traditionally used to cover tissue boxes) and turned it upside down. I thread all the cords through the [filtered word] (now at the bottom of the basket) and we charge our phones inside the basket.

  • kalm 23 Nov, 2008

    Love the concept but I travel frequently and don't really want to be threading my charger wires through the back of the nightstand every time I need to take the charger with me.

  • Willow01 23 Nov, 2008

    My cell phone doesn't have a "memory" so I can charge it whenever and as much as I like. I think they have improved technology so that's not a problem. I also LOVE this idea to clean up cords from areas around the house. Now I just ordered night stands that cost $650 each....do you think my hubby will let me drill a [filtered word] in them??? haha.

  • Postalady 23 Nov, 2008

    I think it's a Great Idea.They sell simular items that look like jewery box's.

  • calicomom 23 Nov, 2008

    The other problem would be that you're not supposed to keep rechargeable things charged all the time - it shortens the overall battery life. You should let them run down and exhaust the battery (or close to it) pretty regularly or else the amount of time it holds a charge will get pretty short. Other than that, I like the idea of charging in a tucked-away place, and perhaps you could cut open part of the back of the drawer for ventilation?

  • NancyMcManus 23 Nov, 2008

    This sounds wonderful, but I wonder if there could be a problem with overheating in a closed drawer.