Added inductive charging station to my car

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  1. John Megadeth macrumors newbie

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    I had 45 minutes to kill this evening, so I modified a wireless charger and installed it in my car to create a hidden inductive charging station for my iPhone 8 Plus.

    My car’s a 2017 Ford Fusion, and it has a recessed area underneath the infotainment system (in the center console) which fits an iPhone 8 Plus perfectly. I disassembled the wireless charger (purchased from Amazon) and modified the housing to allow for ample coverage and installation. I removed several trim pieces from the center console and ran the USB power cable to an Aukey USB power outlet inside the console under the armrest.

    I’m pleased with the result, as I was initially going to use an add-a-fuse to power it, so no extra supplies or soldering needed.

    Disassembled wireless charger
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    Location of wireless charging station
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    Success
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  2. pcorrado, Oct 11, 2017
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  3. staggerlee41 macrumors regular

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    That's very creative and just awesome! Are you taking orders?
     
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  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Very nice.
    But you would need to drive around for 6 hours to fully charge it using wireless Qi :D
    12W USB plug will take about an hour.
     
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    When they come out with a "mount" that does this...
     
  7. dsh3 macrumors 6502

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    Easy DIY, good job! :)

    I was thinking about doing the exact same thing in my new 2017 Mazda 3, however the trim parts including their rubber covers are quite thick where I can place the , which I guess can be an issue with the Qi coils if they cannot reach the phone on top.
     
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Any idea where I can put one in a Mercedes C280? I guess I can put one in the center armrest thing. But annoying there’s no place to lay your phone at all in this car!
     
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    Cool, still deciding if i'll try adding wireless charging to my car or stick with charging through the lighting port for quicker charging on the go
     
  11. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    Very clever! Cadillac has been putting wireless chargers in their newer vehicles for about a year or two now so hopefully other automakers will follow suit.
     
  12. Lakailb87 macrumors regular

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    Who is fully charging their phone in their car? Haha

    It's meant as a trickle charge
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I use a 12W cigarette adapter plug to charge mine when in need.
    That trickle charge is way too slow.
     

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