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DIY: Add wireless charging pad in the cabin for your smartphone


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I just completed installing wireless charging pads for my smartphone and wanted to do a write-up to share with you guys.
Requirements / Baseline:
  • I use my smartphone quite a bit for navigation in the car and wanted a seamless, hard-wired solution for it to be charging while being used (GPS use sucks up a lot of juice)
  • Even when not using GPS, I wanted to be able to dock the phone and not have to fiddle with a cord I had to plug in each time. Docking should mean charging, with zero effort.
  • I am constantly picking it up and taking photos or talking etc. and plugging/unplugging each time proved to be a huge hassle (which prompted this whole project in the first place).
Here are the parts I ordered:
Installation Notes:
  • I am not covering the steps on how to install the Proclip vent mount - pretty straightforward.
  • I wanted the whole setup to be modular. i.e., have the ability to swap out the charging pad later on for different voltage/design, swap out cables in case I go to a device that is not micro-USB, as well as have the ability to swap between 2A and 1A outlets on the USB charger socket.
  • I wanted it all to be hardwired so I that I don’t have to fiddle with cables and plugging in each device each time I get in and out of the car.
  • First, I spliced the cigarette lighter socket and juiced my dual aux input tray.
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  • Then I just tucked the dual outlet tray behind the center console
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Also, clearly, for this to work, your smartphone/tablet needs to support wireless or induction charging. Many of the modern devices do nowadays (except apple, cough cough), but in case they don’t here is a neat solution that I used on my old phone (Galaxy S4 mini):
Edited by xxaarraa
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