How to make a Powermat case for Droid 1! PICS included!

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    Hey, So earlier today on this forum I told someone I would research the touchstone wireless charging hack and see if I could make it work for the Droid1.

    The problem was you would have to void your warranty to solder the correct wires. So I came up with a better idea, salvage the powermat back case from an EVO powermat set, and use the electronics inside to make a powermat case for the droid 1. This was SUPRISINGLY easy, took about 5 mins to get the electronics to work, no soldering required really.


    I will post a video of the working electronics, and pics for a how to in the second post! But I have yet to bondo a case together to make it look good, so that will be what comes next.


    Enjoy everyone! We now have wireless charging for our Droid 1's!!!
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    Reserved for tutorial and vid



    There ya go guys! Proof of concept for powermat for our droid 1's!
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    Looks like a sweet concept so far! Looking forward to seeing the tutorial!
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    Looks awesome... i wonder if you could solder it so you would still have access to your USB port.
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    Awesome job........I love this place!
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    Sweet! Good job! Show how you made the case too! I believe my plastic molding skills are weak!


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    yes that's great job
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    Thanks everyone!

    Thanks for the great response, always feels good when people enjoy an idea on these forums.

    I finished A case for it, but I'm not happy with it completely, as it's JUST too thick for the magnets in the powermat the help it align completely, but I'l probably post a couple pics of it none the less. I saw a droid 2 extended battery cover for 8 bucks that I am going to attempt to use, but thats a couple weeks out, in the meantime I plan on sanding the case I have to make it thinner so the powermat can align correctly every time.




    Thanks again, hopefully we can make this simple so everyone can have a go!
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    Awesome idea!

    Or an even easier thing to do, so that we don't have to void any warranties would just be to get a female micro-usb, then splice the wires into the extender for the powermat, then bondo it into our hacked up case. This way it would still have a usb port, but the powermat would always stay plugged in without voiding the warranty.


    Great idea, now let's get the ball rolling!
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    I just got a used powermat off eBay today so i will see what i can hack together.
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    Anyone know if the two leads running off the 'inductor' (the part that is in the powermat case) can be run directly to the battery terminals on the phone to do away with the USB connector altogether.....
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    I don't imagine that would work, how would the powermat know when the battery is charged?
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    Love this concept!
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    This should work, but I would imagine the only possible problem would be that the droid might not recognize it as "charging" even if it were, so it would just never SAY it were charging, even if the battery is being fed a constant charge from the powermat. I MIGHT test this if I can get some info on these batteries and powermat, just to make sure we wont be causeing any damage to the droid by feeding power in that way, should be safe though.
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    I totally want to do this for my bf for his birthday. Have you had any progress on making a different case? This is one of the coolest things iv seen. People are so innovative.
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    Sorry about this going a bit dead! I've been SWAMPED with my Calc 3 and Physics classes having midterms stacking up, I take my Calc3 midterm tomorrow, so I'll finish the case and post pics this weekend, only used a bit of superglue, a dremel, and a plastic welder, I think I may solder the wires directly on to make it even cleaner, then I'll post pics!


    Great gift idea! Any android fan would be jealous :]
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    My midterms are this week too. Sooo I'm nervous that I'm not tech savvy enough to do this like with the soldering and stuff so if you made a tutorial to show how to do that, that would be so awesome. You seriously made my year, just cuz I know he will love this and if it works ill make it for my droid too :)
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