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[MOD] Lego dock (using pogo pins)

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18th February 2012, 06:57 PM   |  #1  
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Inspired by 4Pr3mier from this post

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1497881

Sorry for the pics, it's kinda not pretty but best I could manage with what I had around:

Here's 1 pic with the phone on the dock : took picture with 3GS's phone, quality is ****ty, will try to get more later:

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I've been using regular boards pins : used some scissors to reduce their width (did that randomly until it was fitting inside the lego bricks).

Then used a hammer to make two holes on top of a lego brick, evaluated where holes have to be only with eyes. First brick was a fail and gap between pins was too wide, 2nd try was good.

Linked the 2 wires from a wall charger to the pins (need to attach 'em more seriously (with some duct tape) as it's only wrapped around atm).

Then tested and it's charging instantly... (info on phone show that it's "usb charging")

Will probably add some floor so it'll maintains pins in position even if I move around the dock

Yay ;)
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18th February 2012, 07:06 PM   |  #2  
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He he, cool :D
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Very nice idea, and great work on it!
18th February 2012, 09:45 PM   |  #5  
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Nice work, if only it enabled dock mode.
19th February 2012, 02:22 AM   |  #6  
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You said you were going to do it. Looks great. My question is: why does using the pogo pins charge at USB rates? Not a deal breaker for me but I would have expected AC charging mode. Any ideas?

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You said you were going to do it. Looks great. My question is: why does using the pogo pins charge at USB rates? Not a deal breaker for me but I would have expected AC charging mode. Any ideas?

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That's the way it is lol, no way around it

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19th February 2012, 09:37 AM   |  #9  
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Originally Posted by frogskins

You said you were going to do it. Looks great. My question is: why does using the pogo pins charge at USB rates? Not a deal breaker for me but I would have expected AC charging mode. Any ideas?

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I didn't said I would do it!

It seems you always get usb charging if u use the pogo pins, so no choice about that.

For the desk mode, well night clock (free app) can turn the phone automatically into a clock when charged and support landscape view... imho it's still pretty limited.

But I guess this lego dock can sit on the desk at my office to get some juice during day (+ that will make coworkers talk).

Anyway I'll probably get a desktop official dock whenever they are out (I'm not 100% sure if my dock is risk-free (use of board pins, use of a wall charger for pogo pins) : any input on risks will be welcome ;p
19th February 2012, 01:46 PM   |  #10  
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Nice work, if only it enabled dock mode.

Wouldn't a NFC tag and Tasker be able to solve that?

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