How To Build a Charging Trolley

I am sure you have all seen the many different charging walls that you can build. I had one myself, but having my chargers in a static location no longer worked for me, so I built a charging station on a trolley.

I am a big fan of DIY solutions rather than off the peg ones. And if your kit is anything like mine, you need AA, AAA, LP-E6, video light batteries, different battery packs, power packs, flash specific batteries, chargers for mics, your mouse, and keyboard that probably also charge via USB-C too! 

Basically charging items has escalated in recent years, and with that so has the number of chargers we require. I originally went full Casey Niestat on it with a wall charging unit, that was great until I started to do YouTube and needed a million other things charging. I also found on some shoots that I needed my chargers to change location, this was only magnified by the Covid situation here in the UK as well as my ever-increasing light collection that needs a socket per pack.

In this video, I go over the rather simple build for the charging trolley, but it basically comes down to zip ties, a trolley, and some industrial strength Velcro. The charging station I build only cost $60 all in and I can imagine it being in use in my studio for many years to come. Having all of my chargers stuck down to a board, whilst being mobile, running off a single plug, and having space to store things has been a game-changer for both me and my assistants. 

What would you have done to improve it further?

Scott Choucino's picture

Food Photographer from the UK. Not at all tech savvy and knows very little about gear news and rumours.

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This is such a great idea. I might have to make my own for our new studio build!

It is one of my better ideas haha. Where is your new studio going to be based?

That would be the dream!

Hi Scott, well done. Just one remark: Are those trays for the batteries made out of metal? Please put some insulation in there (the paint maybe gets scratched over the time). If a battery takes a short somehow and it will one day, you will be in danger of a severe fire. The same can happen if one throws batteries without a shell in a bag. I made that experience and was lucky I discovered it quickly. Since then I carry all batteries in cases. (The danger is less with camera batteries as their contacts are not that exposed).