Portable Ammo Can Boombox

Portable Ammo Can Boombox


Project Category:
Portable Speakers

Project Level:

Project Time:
8-20 Hours

Project Cost:
$100 – $500

Project Description:
Hey guys, just want to show you the 50 cal ammo can boombox I built. I bought most of my parts on parts express. I couldn’t find a wiring diagram online, so after a bunch of research and deciding how I want it wired, I finally reached a wiring diagram I was happy with.

This thing is REALLY loud, words cannot describe it. It has a master power switch, a secondary switch which shows voltage only so I can see charge state, uses a 12 volt SLA battery, has a seperate input to charge the battery and also a DC connector for running off wallpower. I kept the plugs different so the wrong one can’t be hooked up to the battery by accident. It only accepts AUX input, no bluetooth on this build. Always something I could add in if I wanted to eventually.

Build time I would estimate about 10-12 hours, but it’s been a while since I built it so I don’t remember the exact time.

Video of the project can be found on my youtube page

Design Goals:
Wanted a portable, long lasting, loud boombox in a rugged design

Driver Selection:
Clarion SRG1023R speakers, 4 inches
200 watts peak, 30 watts RMS 4 ohms

Enclosure Assembly:
50 cal style ammo can cut out with a dremel and various bits

Tips & Tricks:
The speaker holes were the hardest! Tore up a few good bits cause I didn’t have a proper hole cutting saw for the big holes

Overall this works great. It lasts a long time and wasn’t too pricey. About 150-170 dollars and your time

About the Designer:
Xray tech, love working on electronic projects, good at soldering, good handyman around the house, scuba diver, cars

Project Parts List:

Dayton Audio DTA-2 Class T Digital Audio Amplifier Module
3.5mm Stereo Panel Mount Jack
SPST Heavy Duty Toggle Switch – Spade Connectors
SPDT Heavy Duty Toggle Switch
Switch Cover Transparent Red
2.1mm Panel Mount DC Jack
Small Aluminum Guitar / Amplifier Knob 0.5″ – Black
NTE 25-B600-03 3 Pole 25A Panel Mount Barrier Terminal Strip
1/4″ (22-18) Nylon Insulated Female Disconnect Crimp Flag Terminal Red 10 Pcs.
1/4″ (16-14) Nylon Insulated Female Disconnect Crimp Flag Terminal Blue 10 Pcs.
2.1mm x 5.5mm x 9.5mm DC Plug
Power-Sonic PS-1290 Sealed Lead Acid Battery 12V 9Ah
Parts Express 3.5mm Male to Male Slim-Plug Shielded Audio Cable 1 ft.
DPDT Heavy Duty Toggle Switch Center Off – Spade Connectors
Grip Tools 37144 Electrical Terminal Assortment 180 Pcs.

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