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    Why not take the garmin unit and a micro cable (monoprice has a 15' for $2.18) and make your own. With 15' to play with you would have plenty to make your splices near the box and keep them hidden inside the dash, and still be able to have the cable ran to wherever you need.

    You could do the garmin micro cable conversion part of it in the comfort of your home, giving you the easiest way to make neat and reliable solder connections. It would also keep you from using a bulky mini to micro adapter and with monoprice's prices it would probably be a little cheaper than an adapter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trbasil View Post
    Why not take the garmin unit and a micro cable (monoprice has a 15' for $2.18) and make your own. With 15' to play with you would have plenty to make your splices near the box and keep them hidden inside the dash, and still be able to have the cable ran to wherever you need.

    You could do the garmin micro cable conversion part of it in the comfort of your home, giving you the easiest way to make neat and reliable solder connections. It would also keep you from using a bulky mini to micro adapter and with monoprice's prices it would probably be a little cheaper than an adapter.
    There's a question as to whether the Garmin part will work with the Droid. My standard Cig Lighter Garmin adapter with a mini to micro USB cable doesn't work with the Droid. It doesn't charge or power the unit. It has something to do with the data wires not being connected in a standard way for charging.
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    The stock wall wart just shorts the data leads together, if you done that when splicing the micro cable onto the Garmin unit the phone should see the new charger like it is the stock one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trbasil View Post
    The stock wall wart just shorts the data leads together, if you done that when splicing the micro cable onto the Garmin unit the phone should see the new charger like it is the stock one.
    Thank you,

    That is very usefull information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdpolo26 View Post
    If you have a nice newer car like me and you dont want to get it messed up because taking apart the dash can sometimes have hidden clips then pay to have it done
    That should read "If you don't know what you're doing or don't have the patience".

    I have nice newer cars and had no problems performing clean installs on both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlfitz View Post
    check out proclipusa.com.. they have vehicle specific mounts for the droid that has a hardwired charger. its a bit pricey, but you are not gonna find a cleaner install. you just slide the phone in and it starts charging. you can get it with or without the magnet that puts the droid in car mode

    ProClip Mounting System*-*Device Holders and Dashboard Vehicle Mounts
    Yeah, $108 +S&H is a little on the pricey side.
    As with many things -- you get what you pay for. Unless you change vehicles frequently, vehicle mounts are reusable (though I recommend getting something other than ProClip for the vehicle mounts). I have the non-magnet powered holder in both of my cars and highly recommend them. I'll post a new thread with photos some time.
    Last edited by takeshi; 10-04-2010 at 02:24 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by takeshi View Post
    As with many things -- you get what you pay for. Unless you change vehicles frequently, vehicle mounts are reusable (though I recommend getting something other than ProClip for the vehicle mounts). I have the non-magnet powered holder in both of my cars and highly recommend them. I'll post a new thread with photos some time.
    If you don't recommend ProClip, which one do you recommend?
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    Wink I feel the same way!

    Quote Originally Posted by tommyz View Post
    I am looking to install a hard wired micro USB in my car. Does anyone know of a hardwired solution that works with the Droid?

    The only reason I ask is because I have had a couple of chargers that don't work with the Droid.

    I'm NOT looking to hack apart a existing Cig Adapter. I want to get one that has the bare wires for the 12 volts already.

    Thanks,
    I know this is old but fyi. I don't have a droid, but my Samsung Infuse 4G also has a micro usb connection and I found this....

    Hardwire Barewire Power Micro USB Cable for All Cell Phones and SmartPhones including Droid

    I'm gonna try it, best part $18.88
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyz View Post
    Thanks but, I don't want to do a half baked installation. I want something that is going to last a long time and not fall apart in a few years.

    I'm looking for something like this, but for micro-USB (Droid)
    Hardwire Cable for Garmin Nuvi (Mini-USB connector) - Charger and Power Solutions
    This suggestion is not half-baked and will stand up for years. I did this on my Honda Element. The new power adapter is hidden and secured behind the front middle cowl area. The power end is plugged into the power adapter and secured with the micro USB cable fed to the point I need it for the phone. It is a clean install. I added this hidden power adapter in a previous car for satellite radio and it never failed over 7 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trbasil View Post
    The stock wall wart just shorts the data leads together, if you done that when splicing the micro cable onto the Garmin unit the phone should see the new charger like it is the stock one.
    i know this is an old thread, but since i had a heck of a time finding this anywhere else except a random youtube clip.... i'd like to post a correction to this.

    --> when splicing the data+ and the data- cables together... insert 200 ohms between. (i found that two 100 ohm resisters in series are the easiest to find in stores)<--

    I've tried just shorting them together, and somewhere it said to short them to ground, and somewhere else it said to short them to the negative volt input... none of these solutions worked with my Droid X.
    The 200 ohms did the trick. From what I gather, the Chinese put a mandate for a universal USB charger with data shorted together, but Europe set a standard of 200 ohms between the data leads. I believe US followed the EU's standardization. Either way... if you match the US/EU standard, it encompasses the Chinese one too.
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