On-Off switch for charging valet

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Forum topic by DonJ posted 08-17-2010 11:23 PM 1312 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2010 11:23 PM

Someone built a valet for charging phones. They rewired the power strip so a power switch could be located on the outside of the box. If anyone remembers that person, or knows how to install an in-line on/off switch for a power cord, I sure would appreciate any help. Thanks as always.

Don Johnson

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 04:59 AM

I think Marc Spagnolo has made one check him out

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 10:39 PM

For my bicycle light battery I bought a timer to plug into so that my battery doesn’t over charge as the battery its self cost a $100.00 to replace. This works well for me and the charger isn’t drawing constant power.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 04:22 PM

Mount a switch in your box some way that the wiring will be protected.

Run the outlet strip power cord near the switch and mark where the cord hits the switch.

Carefully remove the outer insulation of the cord from 1/2” back from the marked point for about 3” without nicking the insulation on the wires inside. You can cut 2/3 of the way through the insulation and tear through the remaining part.

You will see 3 wires: black, white and green. You want the black wire. Cut it 1.5” from the side towards the outlet strip. Strip the insulation 1/2” from both sides of the cut black wire.

Connect the stripped ends to the switch.

Use a P clip or some other way to fasten down the cord so that the wires on the switch are not stressed.

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