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Cheap and easy wireless phone charger

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:06 pm
by Ice o
Cheap and easy phone hack for all of us who don't have the wireless phone charger installed in their car.
I picked up my car a couple of weeks ago and noticed that I had a wireless phone symbol on the phone holder mat, but it wasn't charging my phone..... So, I removed the mat and found a blanking plate. After popping that out, I noticed no wiring harnesses, etc....
So I bought a ( Qi Wireless Charger PCBA Circuit Board with Coil Wireless Safe AA Charging T4Y5 ) from ebay for £3
I cut a thin slot in the blanking plate, wide enough to allow the coil to fit through , then using some double-sided tape I affixed the coil to the middle of the plate " making sure it facings up" Then again affix the small circuit board to the underside of the blanking plate.
Using a USB to type c charger cable, plug the USB into the circuit board and make a small notch at the bottom of the blanking plate to allow the cable to fit through,then plug into your type C port in the console. Push the blanking plate back Into the aperture and refit rubber mat. And there you go a wireless charger mat for your car

Re: Cheap and easy wireless phone charger

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:44 pm
by monkeyhanger
Probably works better than the official fitted one that turns your phone into a handy hand warmer for the Winter but adds very little charge.

Re: Cheap and easy wireless phone charger

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:16 am
by daern
Useful thing to stick anywhere, TBH. Wonder how much thickness of material it will work through - I'm betting not more than 1mm or so...

Re: Cheap and easy wireless phone charger

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:32 pm
by Daveion
Hi Ice o
I do like this mod and it seems straight forward.
The rubber trim lays on top of the coil that must have some thickness so just wondered whether the trim sits down nicely where it should be.

Re: Cheap and easy wireless phone charger

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 7:54 pm
by Ice o
To be honest, it doesn't affect the mat anyway at all. The coil is about 1mm think, so you can't notice it yet still powers the phone. Bear in mind that these coils fit into plastic holders more than a 2mm thick.
I placed mine in the middle of the blanking plate, and powers my samsung fold 3 with a case on, with no problems.
Use a dremel or a 2mm drill to make the slot, saying that a soldering iron would do as well.
If you want i can strip it down tomorrow and take some photos

Re: Cheap and easy wireless phone charger

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 8:11 pm
by Daveion
Ice o wrote:
Thu Nov 24, 2022 7:54 pm
To be honest, it doesn't affect the mat anyway at all. The coil is about 1mm think, so you can't notice it yet still powers the phone. Bear in mind that these coils fit into plastic holders more than a 2mm thick.
I placed mine in the middle of the blanking plate, and powers my samsung fold 3 with a case on, with no problems.
Use a dremel or a 2mm drill to make the slot, saying that a soldering iron would do as well.
If you want i can strip it down tomorrow and take some photos
No that's OK. I think your description/pics illustrated the mod really well.